By now you know that the SEC owned last week’s NFL draft. You’ve seen those numbers. A record 63 players picked. No other conference could match the number of prospects produced by the SEC East or SEC West divisions, much less the whole conference.
Of all 250+ players selected, right at 25% came from the Southeastern Conference. Crazy.
But what did those 63 drafted players look like as recruits coming out of the high school and junior college ranks? We’ve done the research for you and below you’ll find a couple of different tables.
The first is simply an alphabetical listing of all the SEC players selected last week. Beside their names, positions, and schools we’ve listed the rounds in which they were chosen. To the right of that you’ll find their high school class — or a “Juco” designation in some cases — and the number of star ratings they were given by Rivals.com as prospects:
So what does that tell us? It tells us that 4- and 5-star recruits do indeed have a better chance of being drafted into the NFL than 2- or 3-star recruits. Seems obvious, but many still dismiss recruiting rankings entirely. At MrSEC.com, we believe they should be viewed as a compass, but not as a GPS. Those rankings can give you an idea of in what direction a prospect is going, but they can’t provide a completely accurate picture of how his college trip will turn out.
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