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NFL Draft Proves the SEC Is the Best College Football Conference

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Dan Williams from the Tennessee Volunteers poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a Arizona Cardinals jersey after Williams was selected number 26 overall by the Cardinals during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Michael ShibleySenior Analyst IApril 26, 2010

It is not really much of a debate anymore. The SEC is the best conference in college football.

While the four straight National Championships should be proof enough, the NFL Draft ends all arguments.

Every year the NFL Draft selects the best college football players in the country. This year the SEC set a draft record of 49 league players selected out of the 255 drafted.

That's nearly one in every five draft picks. 

Taking a look at the 2010 draft, the next closest conference, the Big 10, had 34 players taken. The rest of the conference breakdown in the 2010 NFL Draft looked like this: ACC (31), Big 12 (30) and Pac-10 (29). (It should be noted that the Pac-10 and Big Ten have 10 and 11 teams in their conferences, respectively, so both of these conferences actually outperformed the ACC and Big 12 on a per team basis.)

The SEC the conference has also led or tied for most players taken in the draft 11 of the past 13 seasons.

However, in my humble opinion I believe where the SEC has shown its true dominance is on the defensive line. Top teams all over the country have speed at the skill positions, but on the defensive line the SEC has had an overwhelming advantage. Look at the number of defensive linemen taken in the first round of the last four NFL Drafts: SEC (9), ACC (5), Big 12 (5), and Big Ten (4).

Again, the numbers do not lie.

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