There were numerous surprises surrounding the 2014 NFL draft, which unfolded over three days in New York City last weekend, but one thing was completely unsurprising: The SEC’s draft dominance.
From South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as the No. 1 overall selection to Missouri defensive end Michael Sam at No. 249, 49 SEC players heard their names called by NFL teams, seven more than the ACC.
Although the league’s seven-year BCS national title streak was snapped by Florida State in January, the SEC remains the nation’s most dominant football conference. It got us thinking: What would happen if the SEC’s best talent was redistributed via a draft?
How would such a process work? Like the NFL, we’d go worst-to-first, with Kentucky getting the first selection and SEC champion Auburn taking the No. 14 pick.
Let’s assume that the player would be an upgrade for the team, and to make it even more interesting, let’s say that a head coach can not select one of his own current players.
Here’s what would happen, in one observer’s eyes, if the SEC held a football draft.