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Pac-12 Ends SEC Streak as Top College Conference in NFL Draft

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The Pac-12 ended the SEC’s six-year run as the top conference in the NFL Draft by a 1247-1216 score just months after also ending the SEC’s streak of the best seasons by a college conference (see Breitbart Sports story here). It was the first time the Pac-12 topped the draft this century.

The Breitbart Sports scoring system awards 100 points for the first pick, 99 for the second, etc., through three rounds. The SEC actually topped the draft every year this century except 2003 (Big Ten), 2006 (ACC), and 2008 (all non-Power Conferences combined).

The table below shows the standings each year based on current conference alignments. Adding Miami gives the ACC the win in 2001 (Miami 371 points), 2002 (Miami 406), and 2004 (Miami 526).

Draft ACC Big12 BigTen Pac12 SEC Other Notes if current teams in conf
2001 1247 533 1225 552 1194 284 ACC, Big Ten nudges SEC
2002 1175 418 568 1003 1105 778 ACC nudges SEC, Pac12
2003 616 370 1140 966 1020 932 Big Ten nudges SEC
2004 1383 478 876 626 1049 628 ACC dominates (current teams)
2005 640 735 979 735 1287 674 SEC dominates
2006 1407 455 1073 739 750 620 ACC beats Big Ten
2007 825 391 1123 515 1338 857 SEC dominates
2008 1073 384 739 875 853 1125 ACC dominates
2009 800 645 852 838 1107 808 SEC dominates
2010 482 927 861 734 1195 823 SEC dominates
2011 1084 366 852 755 1410 577 SEC biggest dominance until 2013
2012 624 577 736 748 1211 1139 SEC beats others (Boise, ND)
2013 835 442 332 678 1658 1099 SEC biggest dominance ever
2014 965 266 774 694 1371 980 SEC dominates
2015 1156 267 743 1247 1216 420 Pac 12 nudges SEC

The Pac-12 went ahead 99-0 when Marcus Mariota went 2nd in the draft, but the SEC had Dante Fowler and Amari Cooper go next to take a 195-99 lead. The Pac-12 had five picks between No. 12 and 20 to open a 619-286 lead, but the SEC then had four straight players from 21st to 24th to close it to 619-600. It went back and forth between the 2nd and 3rd round.

The SEC’s last lead was 1103-1148 after South Carolina’s A.J. Cann went 67th, but then Jaelen Strong (Arizona State) and Hroniss Grasu (Oregon) went 70th and 71st to give the Pac-12 an 1164-1148 lead and the Pac-12 never trailed again.

Pick Player SEC/Pac12 Team Pac12-SEC Running
2 Marcus Mariota Oregon 99-0
3 Dante Fowler Jr. Florida
4 Amari Cooper Alabama 99-195
6 Leonard Williams USC 194-195
10 Todd Gurley Georgia 194-286
12 Danny Shelton Washington
13 Andrus Peat Stanford
17 Arik Armstead Oregon
18 Marcus Peters Washington
20 Nelson Agholor USC 619-286
21 Cedric Ogbuehi Texas A&M
22 Bud Dupree Kentucky
23 Shane Ray Missouri
24 D.J. Humphries Florida 619-600
25 Shaq Thompson Washington 695-600
30 Damarious Randall Arizona State 766-600
33 Landon Collins Alabama
36 T.J. Yeldon Alabama
38 Preston Smith Mississippi State
40 Dorial Green-Beckham Missouri
42 Jalen Collins LSU
43 Benardrick McKinney Mississippi State 766-974
44 Hau’Oli Kikaha Washington
45 Eric Kendricks UCLA
47 Eric Rowe Utah 933-974
49 Mitch Morse Missouri 933-1026
51 Nate Orchard Utah
53 Jake Fisher Oregon 1031-1026
56 Senquez Golson Mississippi
58 Markus Golden Missouri 1031-1114
64 Jordan Richards Stanford
66 Jeremiah Poutasi Utah 1103-1114
67 A.J. Cann South Carolina 1103-1148
70 Jaelen Strong Arizona State
71 Hroniss Grasu Oregon
74 Owa Odighizuwa UCLA 1191-1148
76 Chris Conley Georgia 1191-1173
80 Steven Nelson Oregon State 1212-1173
87 Sammie Coates Auburn
88 Danielle Hunter LSU 1212-1200
89 Sean Mannion Oregon State 1224-1200
91 Chaz Green Florida 1224-1210
93 Henry Anderson Stanford
94 Ty Montgomery Stanford 1239-1210
95 Matt Jones Florida 1239-1216
96 Xavier Cooper Washington State
98 Steven Nelson Oregon State 1247-1216


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