The Pac-10, Not the SEC, Is the Best Place for NFL Talent
After reading articles complaining about Lane Kiffin leaving Tennessee for the University of Southern California, I decided that it was time to compare the two conferences in terms of the talent currently in the NFL.
According to profootballreference.com, there are a total of 177 players in the NFL from the Pac-10. For the SEC there's a total of 254 players. On one hand it looks nice that the SEC has 77 more players in the NFL then the Pac-10 does.
The question is, does having more players in the NFL mean that they are producing more on the field? Well here's a look:
Peyton Manning, Tennessee
Eli Manning, Mississippi
Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt
Jason Campbell, Auburn
Matthew Stafford, Georgia
JaMarcus Russell, LSU
Aaron Rodgers, California
Carson Palmer, USC
Matt Cassell, USC
Mark Sanchez, USC
There are six quarterbacks that were starters from the SEC that played in at least 10 games and the Pac-10 had four quarterbacks that started at least 10 games.
Only one out of the six teams that employed an SEC quarterback got to the playoffs this year while three of the four quarterbacks from the Pac-10 made it to the playoffs.
Starting Running Backs: At least 800 yards rushing.
Knowshon Moreno, Georgia
Joseph Addai, LSU
Carnell Williams, Auburn
Steven Jackson, Oregon State
Maurice Jones-Drew, UCLA
Jonathon Stewart, Oregon
Jerome Harrison, Washington State
There were three running backs for the SEC that rushed for over 800 yards and there were four Pac-10 players who rushed for over 800 yards. No SEC player rushed for over 1,000 yards, yet three Pac-10 players Jones-Drew, Jackson, and Stewart rushed for over 1,000 yards.
Starting Wide Receivers: At least 75 catches or 1,000 yards
Sidney Rice, South Carolina
Hines Ward, Georgia
Steve Smith, USC
Desean Jackson, California
Chad Ocho Cinco, Oregon State
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Oregon State
Again, the Pac-10 has more players contributing for their teams. This time it's four to two.
Tight Ends : Minimum 50 catches
Jason Witten, Tennessee
Tony Gonzalez, California
Zach Miller, Arizona State
Todd Heap, Arizona State
Pac-10 holds the advantage with three players cracking at least 50 receptions on the season compared to only one for the SEC.
Defensive Line: Minimum Seven Sacks
Antwan Odom, Alabama
Andre Carter, California
Tully Banta-Cain, California
Clay Matthews, USC
Linebackers: Minimum 100 tackles
Patrick Willis, Mississippi
DeMeco Ryans, Alabama
Bradie James, LSU
Karlos Dansby, Auburn
Jerod Mayo, Tennessee
Mike Peterson, Florida
Brian Cushing, USC
Lance Briggs, Arizona
Nick Barnett, Oregon State
Really no contest here the SEC has plenty of linebackers making tackles. Six SEC players to three from the Pac-10.
Cornerbacks: Minimum five interceptions
Jairus Byrd, Oregon
Terrell Thomas, USC
Sheldon Brown, South Carolina
Jonathon Joseph, South Carolina
Andre' Goodman, South Carolina
The SEC squeaks by with three players with at least five interceptions.
Roman Haper, Alabama
Gibril Wilson, Tennessee
Eric Coleman, Washington State
Dashon Goldson, Washington
A tie again, but the Pac-10 safeties made more plays in terms of interceptions and sacks.
Looking at the rankings of the Pac-10 players compared to the SEC players, it becomes clear that the Pac-10 is the conference that creates the NFL talent on both sides of the ball.
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