SEC has become a path to the NFL

By Shane from Centerpoint

After watching National Football League draft experts make Southeastern Conference players their choice in eight of the first twenty-five picks, I remain convinced that no other college football conference compares to the SEC in its ability to consistently produce NFL-prototype athletes.

Georgia Bulldog quarterback Matthew Stafford was the first player taken in the 2009 draft, not only because of his 6’3” 230 lbs. size and “cannon” arm, but also because he has three solid years experience playing against the best defensive minds in football. The SEC is the ultimate proving ground for young signal-callers and Stafford is one of the best to come out of the conference in years.

LSU’s Tyson Jackson, a 6’5” 290 lbs. defensive end, getting picked third overall should come as no surprise to those who understand the importance of a great pass-rushing specialist who also has the size and strength to play the run. Jackson comes from a long line of superior defenders at LSU and played a major role in the Tigers’ 2007 National Championship run.

The sixth pick, Alabama’s Andre Smith – in spite of the perceived difficulties he had in the pre-draft – is the best player in the SEC. He is a very quick, agile “giant” who has unlimited potential. Smith could quickly dominate at the next level. Andre’s run-blocking is devastating – he is a “bull dozer” – and he provides the finest pass-protection on a quarterback’s blind side in the business.

The twelfth selection, Georgia running-back Knowshon Moreno, has unlimited potential. His energy level and ability to run through tackles using acrobatic leaps are uncanny. He has the size and speed to fit in with any NFL scheme and is durable as well. Moreno is a threat to go all the way every time he touches the ball. He leads by example and really enjoys playing the game.

The eighteenth pick, Tennessee’s Robert Ayers, is a superior defensive down-lineman who is the total package. He is a very good run-stopper and excellent pass-rusher too. His position could change when he gets to the NFL, mainly because his quickness may allow him to give the linebacker position a try.

The twenty-second choice, Florida’s Percy Harvin, blew a chance to go much higher in the draft because he chose to smoke pot and got nailed by the NFL drug screen. Percy is perhaps the best offensive player available in this year’s draft. He has blazing speed, great hands, and is a very powerful runner. He can play any offensive skill position and return punts and kick-offs as well. Percy is a “lethal weapon”.

Mississippi’s Michael Oher, taken twenty-third pick, is another super left tackle who dominated his opponents in every aspect. Oher, like Alabama’s Smith, was born to play left tackle and will contribute very quickly to his new team. Oher and Smith are two of the finest offensive linemen to come out of the SEC in the same year – ever.

The final SEC athlete picked in the top twenty-five of this year’s draft is another Ole Miss player named Peria Jerry. A defensive monster, whose quickness off the ball rivals that of former LSU great Glen Dorsey, Jerry has the ability to disrupt the run or create nightmares for an opposing quarterback who is looking to pass.

Having eight of the first twenty-five players chosen in this year’s draft is self-explanatory, and leaves no doubt which conference dominates when identifying the college systems that supply the NFL with top-level talent. The SEC is definitely at the top of the supply chain.
—Shane writes a weekly column for the Capstone Report.

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  1. 1
    Got 12?

    Just as the SEC has become a path to the BCS Championship as well.

    Congratulations to all the kids who were drafted. Thank you for representing our conference well.

    F the Big-10!

  2. 3
    Auburnisajoke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian.

    What about the 05 draft when Auburn had 4 players in the top ten….That may never happen again.

  3. 4
    OMNIPRESENT

    It wont happen again BI! and NOT just players FOUR from the BACKFIELD… AMAZING! But at least Shane didnt mention AU in his blog! But I kinda think he enjoyed NOT also 🙂 @least it was the truth though AU didnt have anyone there !!!

  4. 5
    RealityCheck

    Shane for brains,

    Not everything or anyone is the best or greatest just because it or they are connected or associated with Alabama.You say and think Andre Smith is the best player in the SEC, yet he was the third player from the SEC selected. Obviously the people of the NFL know more than you when it came to who the best player(s) in the SEC were.

  5. 6
    bamasux

    Interesting stats, from collegefootball.rivals.com

    Most draft picks since 2005
    USC: 43
    Ohio State: 30
    Oklahoma: 29
    *LSU: 28
    *Georgia: 28
    Florida State: 26
    Texas: 25
    Virginia Tech: 24
    Miami: 23
    Virginia: 22
    *Auburn: 22
    California: 21
    Wisconsin: 21
    Michigan: 21
    Louisville: 21
    *Florida: 20

  6. 7
    Bamaman

    Let’s take a look at those stats five years from now, I will bet Aub will not be in the top twenty. . . . .

  7. 8
    Southernjimmy

    Saban will start to contribute to the NFL,ie, Not For Long; Trent richardson, Mark Ingram, GMac, Maze, hell, I’m losing count. The recruits know what the fu*k going on and the coachs are on top of it.

  8. 9
    OMNIPRESENT

    HAHAHHAHAHAHHA GMAC

    This guy hasnt started a GAME and hes already a NFL QB!!!
    hahahahahahahah IGNORANCE IS ON FIRE IN HERE! way to go bamasux on the stats. Lets see what FACTS do to them now. If I am not mistaking doesnt ND hold the ring on NFL players all time?

  9. 11
    Bamaman

    Yeah, Bamasgreat I checked him out and it was a picture of the scoreboard in T-Town it read 36-0 aka Shutthefu@kup

  10. 13
    Ty from T-Town

    The Supply Chain:

    Shane, this one was good stuff.
    Most of us have long recognized the dominate southern connection to anything involving sports. The historical contributions of southern athletes have long been nothing less than outstanding.

    The world’s best sociologists, frequently butt their little heads together in an attempt to explain why craw-fish, grits and turnip greens mixed with tropical heat can become some sort of variable.

    They tend to gravitate to the economic status of some old government chart, while overlooking the obvious.
    The fortitude and competitive work ethic of the people from our little part of the world, is something that the NFL has long known about.

    We have already set the standard;
    hopefully we will continue to raise the bar.

  11. 15
    BamaHate

    I guess Roy Adams did not cause enough controversy Wed on Finebaum to deserve some comment, eh Shane? I guess since you are so worried about the Tiger Prowl that the long time TN contributor didnt really bother you too much?

    Fire off Shane.

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