Birmingham, Ala. -- The 2012 NFL Draft takes place April 26-29 in Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The SEC figures to be heavily mentioned in the opening picks, with several former league players expected to be selected. Consider this the one stop shop for all of your SEC/NFL information.
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SEC Players in the 2012 NFL Draft
SEC PLAYERS TAKEN IN THE 2012 NFL DRAFT (FINAL)
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First Round (9)
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama – 3rd to Cleveland Browns
Morris Claiborne, DB, LSU – 6th to Dallas Cowboys
Mark Barron, SAF, Alabama – 7th to 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 – 14th to St. Louis Rams
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama – 17th to Cincinnati Bengals
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina – 18th to San Diego Chargers
Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama – 25th to New England Patriots
Second Round (5)
Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama – 35th overall / 3rd in round to Baltimore Ravens
Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia – 42nd overall / 9th in round to Buffalo Bills
Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina – 45th overall / 13th in round to Chicago Bears
Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt – 62nd overall / 30th in round to Green Bay Packers
Rueben Randle, WR, LSU – 63rd overall / 31st in round to New York Giants
Third Round (2)
Brandon Taylor, SAF, LSU – 73rd overall / 10th in round to San Diego Chargers
Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas – 90th overall / 27th in round to New England Patriots
Fourth Round (10)
Ben Jones, C, Georgia – 99th overall / 4th in round to Houston Texans
Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas – 104th overall / 9th in round to Carolina Panthers
Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss – 112th overall / 17th in round to Arizona Cardinals
Jaye Howard, DT, Florida – 114th overall / 19th in round to Seattle Seahawks
Orson Charles, TE, Georgia – 116th overall / 21st in round to Cincinnati Bengals
Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas – 118th overall / 23rd in round to Minnesota Vikings
Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia – 123rd overall / 28th in round to Philadelphia Eagles
Ron Brooks, CB, LSU – 124th overall / 29th in round to Buffalo Bills
Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn – 131st overall / 36th in round to New York Giants
Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas – 134th overall / 39th in round to Minnesota Vikings
Fifth Round (6)
Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama – 136th overall / 1st in round to Indianapolis Colts
Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee – 137th overall / 2nd in round to Denver Broncos
De’Quan Menzie, CB, Alabama – 146th overall / 11th in round to Kansas City Chiefs
Rokevious Watkins, OG, South Carolina – 150th overall / 15th in round to St. Louis Rams
Chris Rainey, RB, Florida – 159th overall / 24th in round to Pittsburgh Steelers
Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State – 170th overall / 35th in round to Indianapolis Colts
Sixth Round (4)
Blair Walsh, PK, Georgia – 175th overall / 5th in round to Minnesota Vikings
Winston Guy, SAF, Kentucky – 181st overall / 11th in round to Seattle Seahawks
Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky – 188th overall / 18th in round to Denver Broncos
Charles Mitchell, SAF, Mississippi State – 192nd overall / 22nd in round to Atlanta Falcons
Seventh Round (6)
Justin Anderson, OT, Georgia – 208th overall / 1st in round to Indianapolis Colts
Tim Fugger, DE, Vanderbilt – 214th overall / 7th in round to Indianapolis Colts
DeAngelo Tyson, DE, Georgia – 236th overall / 29th in round to Baltimore Ravens
Antonio Allen, SS, South Carolina – 242th overall / 35th in round to New York Jets
Brad Smelley, TE, Alabama – 247th overall / 40th in round to Cleveland Browns
Travian Robertson, DT, South Carolina – 249th overall / 42nd to Atlanta Falcons
Day Three Notes
* - The SEC had 42 selections in the 2012 NFL Draft. The number led the nation for the sixth straight year. (SEC – 42; Big Ten – 41; ACC – 31; Pac 12 – 28; Big 12 – 25; Big East – 12; Mountain West – 12; WAC – 11; Conference USA – 10)
* - All 12 SEC teams had a player selected in the draft. The SEC is the only conference to have had a player selected from every one of its teams. (SEC by team total: Alabama 8, Georgia 7, South Carolina 6, LSU 5, Arkansas 4, Miss. State 3, Florida 2, Kentucky 2, Vanderbilt 2, Auburn 1, Ole Miss 1, Tennessee 1)
* - The 42 selections bring the SEC’s total to 279 during the last seven NFL Drafts, an average of 39.8 per year. The SEC by year since 2006: 37 picks (2006); 41 (2007); 35 (2008); 37 (2009); 49 (2010); 38 (2011); 42 (2012).
* - Alabama led the nation in total draft selections with 8, followed by Georgia and Oklahoma with 7 each. Seven teams had 6 selections each including South Carolina, California, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin and Boise State.
* - Arkansas tied an NFL Draft record with three wide receivers taken this year. It ties 1978 Florida and 1983 Tennessee and 11 other teams.
* - Since 2006, the SEC has had 55 first-round selections, an average of 7.86 per year.
* - The 42 total during that span for the SEC is second to the 2010 total of 49.
Day Two Notes
* - Seven of the 12 SEC schools have had a player selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft.
* - Last year, the SEC had 20 players selected in the first three rounds of the draft, compared to 16 picks in the first three rounds this season.
* - 12 of the SEC’s 16 selections have been defensive players.
* - Alabama leads all SEC schools with 5 selections in first three rounds followed by LSU (4), South Carolina (3), Mississippi State, Arkansas, Georgia and Vanderbilt with one each.
* - After three rounds, the SEC has the most players selected with 16, closely followed by the Big Ten (14) and Pac-12 (14). The ACC has had 12 players selected and the Big 12 has had 10.
Day One Notes
* - 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 15 picks (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 season’s 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 30 players overall.
As part of our special NFL Draft coverage, the SEC Digital Network will preview the top former league athletes that are likely to be chosen at this year's event. Each day leading up to the NFL Draft on April 26th, we will unveil two new videos, each analyzing the future prospects of the SEC's former stars.
Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox
Georgia's Cordy Glenn
South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery
Alabama's Dont'a Hightower
South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore
LSU's Michael Brockers
Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick
Alabama's Mark Barron
Alabama's Courtney Upshaw
South Carolina's Melvin Ingram
LSU's Morris Claiborne
Alabama's Trent Richardson
NFL Mock Draft Central
CNNSI (Peter King)
Yahoo Sports (Mike Tanier's)
ESPN (Scouts, Inc.)
NFL.com (Greg Cosell, Bucky Brooks, Chad Reuter, Steve Wyche)
Pro Football Talk/NBC Sports (Evan Silva)
Bleacher Report (Matt Stein)
CBS Sports (Rob Rang, Dane Brugler)
SB Nation (Ryan Van Bibber)
Fox Sports (Peter Schrager)
Sideline Scouting Draft Guide
HCN's Mock Draft (Joshua Buckley)
SEC In The NFL Draft Notes
2011 NFL Draft Recap
2011 Selections by Conference:
1. SEC 38
2. Big Ten 36
3. ACC 34
4. Pac-10 29
5. Big 12 21
Big East 21
7. WAC 16
8. Mtn. West 8
9. C-USA 7
10. Sun Belt 5
11. MAC 3
The SEC had 10 players selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The list includes:
1. Cam Newton, Auburn, QB, Carolina Panthers
3. Marcell Dareus, Alabama, DT, Buffalo Bills
4. A.J. Green, Georgia, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
5. Patrick Peterson, LSU, CB, Arizona Cardinals
6. Julio Jones, Alabama, WR, Atlanta Falcons
13. Nick Fairley, Auburn, DT, Detroit Lions
15. Mike Pouncey, Florida, C, Miami Dolphins
25. James Carpenter, Alabama, OG, Seattle Seahawks
28. Mark Ingram, Alabama, RB, New Orleans Saints
32. Derek Sherrod, Miss. State, OT, Green Bay Packers
2011 NFL Draft First Round Selections by Conference:
1. SEC 10
2. Big 12 7
Big Ten 7
4. ACC 3
5. Big East 1
Historical SEC / NFL Draft Notes
• Since 1990, the SEC has had 820 total selections in the NFL Draft, an average of 35.7 selections per year. The Big Ten is second with 708 selections.
• Since 1997, the SEC has had 590 total selections in the NFL Draft, an average of 39.3 selections per year.
• The SEC has now led or tied for the most selections in the NFL Draft for 12 of the last 14 seasons and the last five drafts.
• 11 of 12 SEC schools had at least one player selected in the draft. The numbers alphabetically: Alabama (5), Arkansas (3), Auburn (4), Florida (4), Georgia (6), Kentucky (1), LSU (6), Ole Miss (1), Mississippi State (4), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2).
Most SEC Selections in First Round:
1. 2007 11
2. 2011 10
5. 2009 8
7. 2010 7
• There have been 77 first round SEC selections in last 11 drafts, an average 7.0 per year. The most by the SEC was 11 in the 2007 draft. The lowest in the last 11 drafts was four in 2003 and 2006.
• The SEC has had at least seven players taken in the first round in three straight drafts (8 in 2009, 7 in 2010 and 10 in 2011).
• The SEC has had at least five picks in the top 20 of the first round five years in a row.
• Since 2004, the SEC has had 39 players taken in the first 18 picks of the first round, an average of almost five selections per year (or 27 percent of these selections since 2004).
• Every SEC team has had at least one first round selection since 2003. 10 of 12 SEC teams have had at least one selection in the top seven of the NFL Draft since 2003.
• The SEC has had 3 of the top 8 picks in NFL draft for 5th straight year and 6 of last 7 years.
• Since conference expansion in 1992, the SEC has had 124 players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, an average of 6.5 per year.
There is an SEC player drafted in the first round since 2007 for every NFL position except tight end. At those positions, there is at least one substitute. Below is a look at those players (listed by selection in first round):
QB – Cam Newton, Auburn (1/2011/Panthers); Matthew Stafford, Georgia (1/2009/Lions); JaMarcus Russell, LSU (1/2007/Raiders); Tim Tebow (25/2010/Broncos)
RB - Darren McFadden, Arkansas (4/2008/Raiders); Knowshon Moreno, Georgia (12/2009/Broncos); Mark Ingram, Alabama (28/2011/Saints)
WR – A.J. Green, Georgia (4/2011/Bengals); Julio Jones, Alabama (6/2011/Falcons); Felix Jones, Arkansas (22/2008/Cowboys); Percy Harvin, Florida (22/2009/Vikings); Dwayne Bowe, LSU (23/2007/Chiefs); Robert Meachem, Tennessee (27/2007/Saints); Craig Davis, LSU (30/2007/Chargers)
TE – (NOTE: Last SEC TE drafted in first round was Georgia’s Ben Watson, selected 32nd by the Patriots.)
OL – Andre Smith, Alabama (6/2009/Bengals); Chris Williams, Vanderbilt (14/2008/Bears); Michael Oher, Ole Miss (23/2009/Ravens); James Carpenter, Alabama (25/2011/Seahawks); Ben Grubbs, Auburn (29/2007/Ravens); Derek Sherrod, Miss. State (32/2011/Packers)
C – Mike Pouncey, Florida (15/2011/Dolphins); Maurkice Pouncey, Florida (18/2010/Steelers)
DE – Tyson Jackson, LSU (3/2009/Chiefs); Derrick Harvey, Florida (8/2008/Jaguars); Jamaal Anderson, Arkansas (8/2007/Falcons); Jarvis Moss, Florida (17/2007/Broncos)
DT – Marcell Dareus, Alabama (3/2011/Bills); Glenn Dorsey, LSU (5/2008/Chiefs); Nick Fairley, Auburn (13/2011/Lions); Justin Harrell, Tennessee (16/2007/Packers); Peria Jerry, Ole Miss (24/2009/Falcons); Dan Williams, Tennessee (26/2010/Cardinals)
LB – Rolando McClain, Alabama (8/2010/Raiders); Jerod Mayo, Tennessee (10/2008/Patriots); Patrick Willis, Ole Miss (11/2007/49ers); Robert Ayers, Tennessee (18/2009/Broncos)
DB – Eric Berry, Tennessee (5/2010/Chiefs); Patrick Peterson, LSU (5/2011/Cardinals); LaRon Landry, LSU (6/2007/Redskins); Joe Haden, Florida (7/2010/Browns); Kareem Jackson, Alabama (20/2010/Texans); Reggie Nelson, Florida (21/2007/Jaguars)