The SEC peddled 63 players into the 2013 NFL Draft, more than double any other conference in America. Roughly one in every four picks came from the Southeastern pipeline.
But how much will the conference truly feel that loss? The inertia of college football is like a revolving door, but the SEC's recruiting dominance makes it feel more profound than that—less like any type of doorway and more like Escher's stairs.
According to 247Sports, the SEC landed seven of the top 13 recruiting classes in 2013 and eight of the top 20. That type of prowess ensures that even as 63 NFL-caliber players leave, there will always be enough future pros to keep the conference on top.
Even when the stairs lead down, they're always leading up.
Note: All rankings and measurements via the 247Sports' Composite