|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe NCAA football scene has been heavily dominated by the SEC over the years. Once again, the SEC showed just why it is so powerful as the conference led all of college football with the most players drafted in the NFL Draft.
What the SEC Got
The 2015 NFL Draft had 54 SEC players throughout the entire three-day event. This is the ninth straight year where the SEC has been the top conference in college football for players who have come out of college and into the draft.
However, the SEC only had seven players go in the first round. The Pac-12 and ACC both had nine players go in that same period.
Who Came Close?
The ACC had 47 players drafted this year, putting it in second place. This included eleven players from Florida State. The Pac-12 had 39 players while the Big Ten had 35. The Big 12 also had 25 players going in the draft.
There were actually more players taken in FCS schools than there were players in certain conferences. There were 17 FCS players who got drafted, a total that is higher than the eleven that the AAC had and the ten from the Mountain West conference.
What About Lower Levels?
The lower divisions of college football had a small bit of representations. Two players from the Division II rank were chosen in the draft. Newberry linebacker Edmond Robinson was chosen by Minnesota while Mars Hill offensive lineman Fenzelle Goode was drafted by Indianapolis. Both players were chosen in the final round.
Also, only one Division III player was taken. Ali Marpet, an offensive lineman from Hobart, was drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round, thus making him the highest-drafted Division III player in the history of the draft.
Whether or not any conference can top the SEC for draft development in the future is unclear. However, it is certain that the diversity of college football has become evident thanks in part to how so many players are being drafted at all levels of the game.