By John Pennington, Mr. SEC:
The SEC has led all other conferences in NFL draft picks for six years in a row and for 13 of the last 15 years. That’s not just a product of superior budgets, facilities and coaches. A lot of it has to do with simple census data. Just as pro scouts and executives come to the SEC to do their shopping, SEC coaches can stock up on local talent to build their college programs. he talent is in Dixie. That’s a pretty big plus for the two leagues most associated with the region — the SEC and the ACC. And it just so happens that both are expanding, too. The SEC is spreading west and south this summer while the ACC will be moving further north by 2014.
NFL draft history plus the current migration patterns of modern Americans suggest that the SEC will continue to dominate in terms of football talent produced for years to come. As noted above, there will be blips on the radar from time to time, but the numbers and trends should make it rather clear to any objective observer that the Southeastern Conference — followed by the ACC and the Pac-12 — appear to be in good shape moving forward. The Big Ten, on the other hand, appears to have to some work to do if it wants to dominate football as it did for much of the 20th century. The Big 12? Well, the word “doomed” comes to mind… [More]