The NFL draft is two days old and as always the first three rounds were dominated by the SEC. The first round was especially lathered with league players including Trent Richardson at number three to the Cleveland Browns. There were some that were surprised by how high TR went, but not me. I have said this for two years the kid is built to win. Richardson's lower body strength equates to success at the next level. Add in the fact he is a good receiver and played in a pro style offense and you have a legitimate prospect. Richardson's durability will be under the microscope as he heads to the next level, but personally I think he will be fresher having shared time with Heisman winner Mark Ingram. The life expectancy for a running back in the NFL is very short and its because of the natural wear on the tires so to speak. Richardson can help them right away and with the rookie wage scale, he is a bargain compared to pas number three picks.As for the rest of he players how can you argue with any of the selections? Eight defensive players taken in the first round out of the league. This is what the conference hangs its hat on and to no surprise players from Alabama, LSU, South Carolina and Mississippi State were all in the first round. If Janoris Jenkins would have stay out of trouble and at Florida and Jarvis Jones would have left Georgia early, those two schools would have also had first round picks. Here are some draft notes from our friends at the SEC Media Relations Department.Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama 3rdto Cleveland Browns Morris Claiborne, DB, LSU 6thto Dallas Cowboys Mark Barron, SAF, Alabama 7thto Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stephon Gilmore, DB, South Carolina 10th to Buffalo Bills Fletcher Cox, DL, Mississippi State 12th to Philadelphia Eagles Michael Brockers, DL, LSU 14thto St. Louis Cardinals Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama 17thto Cincinnati Bengals Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina 18th to San Diego Chargers Donta Hightower, ILB, Alabama 25thto New England Patriots - It is the 6th year in a row and 8th in the last 10 years that the SEC has had multiple selections in the top 7 of the NFL Draft. - In last 6 NFL Drafts top six picks (36 selections total), the SEC has had 15 total selections. - The SEC has had a top three pick in the NFL Draft in 10 of the last 15 seasons. - Second year in a row that the SEC has had six of the first 14 selections in the NFL Draft. - Eight of the nine selections from the SEC were defensive selections. - In last 6 NFL Drafts top 15picks (90 selections total), the SEC has had 29 total selections. - The SEC record for most players taken in the first round was 11, set in 2007. The nine, tonight, is third highest, also behind last seasons 10. - During the last six NFL Drafts,the SEC has had 51 players taken in the first round, an average of 8.5 per season. - In the last five NFL Drafts(2008-12), 10 of the 12 SEC teams have had players drafted a total of 30players overall Playoffs?Is a four team playoff really a playoff? Well I guess its better than what we have and I am excited about 2014. I for one liked the the idea of playing the semifinal games at home stadiums with the championship game at annual site. The reason for this is that you could have your traditional bowl games separate of the four teams that make the playoffs. For example if your four conference champions are from the Pac 12, Big 10, SEC and Big 12. You can have a lineup like this to keep the tradition and history of the bowl games(mainly the rose bowl).-Rose Bowl 2 Pac 12 vs. 2 Big 10 (Last year Stanford vs.Michigan)-Fiesta Bowl 2 Big 12 vs. At Large (Last year Oklahoma vs. Virginia Tech)-Sugar 2 SEC vs. Big East (Last year Alabama vs. West Virginia)-Orange ACC vs. at Large (Last year Clemson vs. Georgia)You get better bowl game match ups and you don't lose the regional tie- INS. You don't put constraints on the bowl games by saying only 1team from a league so they can get the best match up to fill their stadium. For example Georgia versus Clemson fills up the Orange Bowl. With Boise St. and TCU moving to real conferences there is no more clamoring from the non-BCS leagues anymore. It wasn't that long ago the Rose Bowl wanted to keep its Big 10Pac 12 game that it took a 9-3 Illinois team. Bowl games would be better under this format and more interesting. Playoffs Oklahoma St. at Oregon Wisconsin at LSU Now we all know Alabama was the best team in the country but by making the process league champions only, it keeps the integrity of the regular season (something the NFL doesn't have). However expect Mike Slive, the commissioner of the SEC to push for 3 conference champions and the next highest ranked team under whatever formula they come up with.
SEC Dominates NFL Draft
April 28, 2012, 1:30 pm