For all of its recent success, the SEC has always struggled to produce quarterbacks at the next level. Programs like Alabama and Florida, always so prolific in college, rarely ever groom a quarterback who succeeds in the NFL.
Of the 32 projected NFL starters next season, only six—The Manning Bros, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton and Matt Flynn—played college ball in the nation's best conference. And of those six, one (Matt Flynn) has never actually started a meaningful game before, and three (Eli Manning, Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler) played before the SEC's dominant BCS title run.
It's a curious phenomenon, since SEC programs typically have their choice of the recruiting pool. They also have the added benefit of playing the best defenses. Shouldn't they also have the best group of alumni starting in the pros? Instead of, you know, a pool of notorious flops.
Let's take a look at the current crop of passers and see if they have the potential to buck that trend.
Here are the five SEC quarterbacks who will translate best to the NFL.