With 95 days until the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8, no one is really thinking about who’s going where and in what round today. The indifferent attitude isn’t because the draft is too far out or has lost its luster, no, people aren’t thinking about the NFL draft today because the Super Bowl kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Which college football program has more players in today Super Bowl than anyone else in the country? That would be the Tennessee Volunteers with five former stars competing for the championship.
Denver features four former Volunteers, including front-man Peyton Manning. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel is the lone Vol on the Seattle Seahawks roster.
- Peyton Manning, QB - Denver
- Britton Colquitt, P - Denver
- Malik Jackson, DE - Denver
- Robert Ayers, DE - Denver
- Tony McDaniel, DT – Seattle
Just so we don’t stray too far away from the NFL draft, of those five Volunteers in the Super Bowl, two—Colquitt and McDaniel—went undrafted, Jackson was taken in the fifth round with the second pick of that round, and Manning and Ayers were both first-round picks, Manning the first overall and Ayers No. 18.
Speaking of first-rounders, which team boasts more?
The Broncos feature eight former first-round picks on today’s Super Bowl roster. And all of them are from the South.
- Champ Bailey, Georgia – 1999, Pick No. 7
- Robert Ayers, Tennessee – 2009, Pick No. 18
- Michael Huff, Texas – 2006, Pick No. 7
- Quentin Jammer, Texas – 2002, Pick No. 5
- Peyton Manning, Tennessee – 1998, Pick No. 1
- Knowshon Moreno, Georgia – 2009, Pick No. 12
- Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech – 2010, Pick No. 22
- Sylvester Williams, North Carolina – 2013, Pick No. 28
The Seahawks have six former first-rounders on their Super Bowl roster:
- James Carpenter, Alabama – 2011, Pick No. 25
- Percy Harvin, Florida – 2009, Pick No. 22
- Bruce Irvin, West Virginia – 2012, Pick No. 15
- Marshawn Lynch, California – 2007, Pick No. 12
- Russell Okung, Oklahoma State – 2010, Pick No. 6
- Earl Thomas, Texas – 2010, Pick No. 14
And in case you’re wondering which college programs landed second through 10th (there are more than 10 as ties occurred) on the list for today’s Super Bowl, here’s that list (remember, Russell Wilson is on both Wisconsin’s and N.C. State’s list, which pads their number):
- Wisconsin (4)
- North Carolina State (4)
- Stanford (3)
- Georgia (3)
- Texas Tech (3)
- California (3)
- Florida (3)
- Kentucky (3)
- USC (3)
- Texas (3)
- Arizona (3)
- Texas A&M (3)
- San Diego State (3)
The SEC and Pac-12 are well represented in today’s Super Bowl.
Check back every day from now until May 8 for an NFL draft nugget that pertains to college football in the South. You can also view the entire “100 Days to the NFL draft” series.