SEC, ACC Rank Top Two Among All Conferences In 2011 NFL Draft Talent

The SEC and ACC combined to send 73 2011 draftees into the NFL.

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Final 2011 NFL Draft Picks List: SEC Top Conference Thanks To UGA, LSU, Alabama

The SEC dominated the 2011 NFL Draft results list whether it seemed like it or not, turning out both quality and quantity. The conference sent 38 players to the next level, three more than the second-place ACC and seven more than the Pac-10, including five of the first six and the No. 1 overall, Cam Newton.

The Georgia Bulldogs and LSU Tigers tied for the conference high with six picks each. Close behind were the Alabama Crimson Tide (five), followed by the Auburn Tigers (four), Mississpi St. Bulldogs (four), Florida Gators (four) Arkansas Razorbacks (three), Tennessee Volunteers (two), South Carolina Gamecocks (two), Mississippi Rebels (one) and Kentucky Wildcats (one). Only the Vanderbilt Commodores weren't able to send anybody to the pros this time around. Vandy is loadin' up for next year!

Following Newton in the top 10 were Marcell Dareus, A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Patrick Peterson. Even the conference's seeming losers made out just fine -- Ryan Mallett plunged all the way to round three due to always-popular "character concerns," where he landed a chance to succeed Tom Brady if he wants it bad enough.

The full rundown of 2011 NFL Draft picks from the SEC via NFL.com:

Barksdale, Joseph OL 6'5" 325 LSU Pick 28, Round 3 (92) Raiders

Black, Ahmad SS 5'10" 184 Florida Pick 20, Round 5 (151) Buccaneers

Boling, Clint OL 6'5" 308 Georgia Pick 4, Round 4 (101) Bengals

Carpenter, James OL 6'4" 321 Alabama Pick 25, Round 1 (25) Seahawks

Chapas, Shaun RB 6'2" 247 Georgia Pick 17, Round 7 (220) Cowboys

Clayton, Zach DT -- -- Auburn Pick 9, Round 7 (212) Titans

Cobb, Randall WR 5'10" 191 Kentucky Pick 32, Round 2 (64) Packers

Culliver, Chris DB 6'0" 199 South Carolina Pick 16, Round 3 (80) 49ers

Dareus, Marcell DT 6'3" 319 Alabama Pick 3, Round 1 (3) Bills

Dent, Akeem LB 6'1" 242 Georgia Pick 27, Round 3 (91) Falcons

Durham, Kris WR -- 214 Georgia Pick 10, Round 4 (107) Seahawks

Fairley, Nick DT 6'4" 291 Auburn Pick 13, Round 1 (13) Lions

Gilbert, Marcus OL 6'6" 330 Florida Pick 31, Round 2 (63) Steelers

Green, A.J. WR 6'4" 211 Georgia Pick 4, Round 1 (4) Bengals

Houston, Justin LB 6'3" 270 Georgia Pick 6, Round 3 (70) Chiefs

Hurt, Maurice OL 6'3" 318 Florida Pick 14, Round 7 (217) Redskins

Ingram, Mark RB 5'9" 215 Alabama Pick 28, Round 1 (28) Saints

Jones, Julio WR 6'3" 220 Alabama Pick 6, Round 1 (6) Falcons

Levingston, Lazarius DL 6'4" 292 LSU Pick 2, Round 7 (205) Seahawks

Love, Demarcus OL 6'4" 315 Arkansas Pick 3, Round 6 (168) Vikings

Mallett, Ryan QB 6'7" 253 Arkansas Pick 10, Round 3 (74) Patriots

Matthews, Cliff DL 6'4" 257 South Carolina Pick 27, Round 7 (230) Falcons

McElroy, Greg QB 6'2" 220 Alabama Pick 5, Round 7 (208) Jets

McPhee, Pernell DL 6'3" 278 Mississippi St. Pick 34, Round 5 (165) Ravens

Moore, Denarius WR 6'0" 194 Tennessee Pick 17, Round 5 (148) Raiders

Nevis, Drake DL 6'1" 294 LSU Pick 23, Round 3 (87) Colts

Newton, Cam QB 6'5" 248 Auburn Pick 1, Round 1 (1) Panthers

Peterson, Patrick CB 6'0" 219 LSU Pick 5, Round 1 (5) Cardinals

Pouncey, Mike OL 6'5" 303 Florida Pick 15, Round 1 (15) Dolphins

Powe, Jerrell DL 6'2" 335 Mississippi Pick 34, Round 6 (199) Chiefs

Ridley, Stevan RB 5'11" 225 LSU Pick 9, Round 3 (73) Patriots

Sheppard, Kelvin LB 6'2" 250 LSU Pick 4, Round 3 (68) Bills

Sherrod, Derek OL 6'5" 321 Mississippi St. Pick 32, Round 1 (32) Packers

Stocker, Luke TE 6'5" 258 Tennessee Pick 7, Round 4 (104) Buccaneers

White, Chris LB 6'3" 240 Mississippi St. Pick 4, Round 6 (169) Bills

Williams, D.J. TE 6'2" 245 Arkansas Pick 10, Round 5 (141) Packers

Wright, K.J. LB 6'3" 246 Mississippi St. Pick 2, Round 4 (99) Seahawks

Ziemba, Lee OT -- -- Auburn Pick 41, Round 7 (244) Panthers

We have more on the Falcons' first three rounds and on how SEC and ACC players fared in the first three rounds. For national coverage, check out SB Nation's NFL Draft hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. For more Atlanta Falcons draft discussion, join The Falcoholic.

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2011 NFL Draft Final Results: ACC Class Led By UNC, Miami, Clemson

The ACC sent 35 players onto the 2011 NFL Draft's list of picks, owning the second round after coming up very short in the first. That's three shy of the SEC, but still a very good overall showing and good enough for second place among all conferences. How many did each school turn out?

The North Carolina Tar Heels led the way with nine players taken, followed by the Miami Hurricanes (eight), Clemson Tigers (six), Florida St. Seminoles (three), Virginia Tech Hokies (three), Maryland Terrapins (two), Boston College Eagles (one), N.C. State Wolfpack (one), Virginia Cavaliers (one) and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (one). The Duke Blue Devils and Wake Forest Demon Deacons were shut out, as it's lacrosse recruiting season or something. 

Christian Ponder, Robert Quinn and Anthony Castonzo were the only first-rounders, followed by a deluge led by Ras-I Dowling in the second. Perhaps the conference's best player, Da'Quan Bowers, lasted all the way til the middle of the second due to injury concerns and a questionable workout season.

The complete list of 2011 NFL Draft picks from the ACC:

Allen, Anthony RB 6'1" 228 Georgia Tech Pick 22, Round 7 (225) Ravens

Austin, Marvin DL 6'2" 309 North Carolina Pick 20, Round 2 (52) Giants

Bailey, Allen DL 6'3" 285 Miami Pick 22, Round 3 (86) Chiefs

Bosher, Matt K 6'1" 208 Miami Pick 27, Round 6 (192) Falcons

Bowers, Da'Quan DE 6'3" 280 Clemson Pick 19, Round 2 (51) Buccaneers

Carmichael, Rashad DB 5'10" 192 Virginia Tech Pick 30, Round 4 (127) Texans

Carter, Bruce LB 6'2" 241 North Carolina Pick 8, Round 2 (40) Cowboys

Castonzo, Anthony OL 6'7" 311 Boston College Pick 22, Round 1 (22) Colts

Dowling, Ras-I DB 6'1" 198 Virginia Pick 1, Round 2 (33) Patriots

Franklin, Orlando OL 6'6" 316 Miami Pick 14, Round 2 (46) Broncos

Gilchrist, Marcus DB 5'10" 195 Clemson Pick 18, Round 2 (50) Chargers

Gordon, Richard TE -- -- Miami Pick 16, Round 6 (181) Raiders

Hairston, Chris OL 6'6" 326 Clemson Pick 25, Round 4 (122) Bills

Hankerson, Leonard WR 6'2" 209 Miami Pick 15, Round 3 (79) Redskins

Harper, Jamie RB 5'11" 233 Clemson Pick 33, Round 4 (130) Titans

Harris, Brandon DB 5'10" 191 Miami Pick 28, Round 2 (60) Texans

Hudson, Rodney OL 6'2" 299 Florida St. Pick 23, Round 2 (55) Chiefs

Irving, Nate LB 6'1" 240 N.C. State Pick 3, Round 3 (67) Broncos

Jenkins, Jarvis DL 6'4" 310 Clemson Pick 9, Round 2 (41) Redskins

Little, Greg WR 6'3" 220 North Carolina Pick 27, Round 2 (59) Browns

Maxwell, Byron DB 6'0" 202 Clemson Pick 8, Round 6 (173) Seahawks

McCarthy, Colin LB 6'1" 238 Miami Pick 12, Round 4 (109) Titans

Ponder, Christian QB 6'2" 229 Florida St. Pick 12, Round 1 (12) Vikings

Quinn, Robert DE 6'4" 265 North Carolina Pick 14, Round 1 (14) Rams

Scott, Da'Rel RB 5'11" 211 Maryland Pick 18, Round 7 (221) Giants

Searcy, Da'Norris DB 5'11" 223 North Carolina Pick 3, Round 4 (100) Bills

Smith, Torrey WR 6'1" 204 Maryland Pick 26, Round 2 (58) Ravens

Sturdivant, Quan LB 6'1" 241 North Carolina Pick 6, Round 6 (171) Cardinals

Taylor, Ryan TE -- -- North Carolina Pick 15, Round 7 (218) Packers

Taylor, Tyrod QB 6'1" 217 Virginia Tech Pick 15, Round 6 (180) Ravens

Van Dyke, Demarcus DB 6'1" 176 Miami Pick 17, Round 3 (81) Raiders

White, Johnny RB 5'10" 209 North Carolina Pick 2, Round 5 (133) Bills

White, Markus DE 6'4" 266 Florida St. Pick 21, Round 7 (224) Redskins

Williams, Ryan RB 5'9" 212 Virginia Tech Pick 6, Round 2 (38) Cardinals

Yates, Taylor QB 6'3" 219 North Carolina Pick 21, Round 5 (152) Texans

We have more on the Falcons' first three rounds and on how SEC and ACC players fared in the first three rounds. For national coverage, check out SB Nation's NFL Draft hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. For more Atlanta Falcons draft discussion, join The Falcoholic.

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2011 NFL Draft Picks: SEC, ACC Close In Total Picks As Georgia Tech Players Wait

With five rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft finalized, zero Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets players have heard their names called. RB Anthony Allen and a DB or two are expected to be picked at some point, but it's getting mighty close for the Jackets. The ACC did get to see a pair of North Carolina Tar Heels selected in round No. 5: QB T.J. Yates went to the Houston Texans, and RB Johnny White joined C.J. Spiller in Buffalo.

The SEC now holds a two-pick edge* over its basketball counterpart, but it was a weak round for the Southeastern as well.

Arkansas Razorbacks TE D.J. Williams slipped to Green Bay, who apparently do not have enough tight ends yet. Tennessee WR Denarius Moore wound up in Oakland, Florida SS Ahmad Black has a cross-state move to Tampa Bay in his future and Mississippi State DL Pernell McPhee becomes the second Missy State Dawg to close out a round, going to Baltimore.

* According to my running totals, but I have not slept much.

We have more on the Falcons' first three rounds and on how SEC and ACC players fared in the first three rounds. For national coverage, check out SB Nation's NFL Draft hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. For more Atlanta Falcons draft discussion, join The Falcoholic.

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2011 NFL Draft Picks: ACC Tops SEC In Round Four, Tying Conference Total

While the SEC produced five of the 2011 NFL Draft's top six picks, ACC football has been able to match its big brother in total draft picks through four rounds. Both have sent 24 players each -- the Tobacco Road Mafia and company sent five in the round, while God's Conference produced only four. For more on non-Southeastern draft picks, head to SB Nation's NFL Draft hub.

Two of those SEC players were Georgia Bulldogs -- Kris Durham to Seattle, Clint Boling to Cincinnati. Tennessee Volunteers TE Luke Stocker went to Tampa Bay, and Mississippi St. Bulldogs LB K.J. Wright to Seattle as well.

The Clemson Tigers saw another two players picked, with the Titans taking RB Jamie Harper and Bills getting OL Chris Hairston. Former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey also picked up UNC DB Da'Norris Searcy. Virginia Tech Hokies DB Rashad Carmichael went to secondary-poor Houston, while Miami LB Colin McCarthy joins Harper in Tennessee. 

We have more on the Falcons' first three rounds and on how SEC and ACC players fared in the first three rounds. For national coverage, check out SB Nation's NFL Draft hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. For more Atlanta Falcons draft discussion, join The Falcoholic.

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NFL Draft Results: Clint Boling, Kris Durham Add To Georgia Football's Showing

Georgia Bulldogs fans had to wait a while to see which former Dawg would follow A.J. Green in the 2011 NFL Draft, but they've been a-flyin' off the board in the last couple rounds. The Cincinnati Bengals, who also picked Green, grabbed OL Clint Boling early in the fourth, and the Seattle Seahawks selected WR Kris Durham -- all this after the Atlanta Falcons went with LB Akeem Dent and the Kansas City Chiefs got LB Justin Houston in the previous round.

Who's the next Dawg off the board? OL Joshua Davis could be selected, but probably not for a while. DB Vance Cuff and DL Demarcus Dobbs could catch some team's eye in the seventh or so, while Shaun Chapas could be an option for a team interested in a FB.

Boling might've been the best player left in the fourth round. He'd been expected to go about a round higher.

We have more on the Falcons' first three rounds and on how SEC and ACC players fared in the first three rounds. For national coverage, check out SB Nation's NFL Draft hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. For more Atlanta Falcons draft discussion, join The Falcoholic.

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2011 NFL Draft, Rounds Four Through Seven: Best SEC And ACC Players Left

After a 2011 NFL Draft first round that was dominated by the SEC, second round owned by the ACC and third round that featured a healthy selection from both conferences, Saturday should see another load of Southeastern talent headed to the pros. The day kicks off at noon ET on ESPN and NFL Network.

Looking at Mocking The Draft's list of the best players available at each position heading into day three, we can see local talent in the top spots at quite a few position groups. Here are the top Southeastern players left, according to Jon Dove's list:

  1. Clint Boling, Georgia OG
  2. Quan Sturdivant, UNC LB
  3. DeMarcus Love, Arkansas OG
  4. Johnny White, UNC RB
  5. Chris Hairston, Clemson OT
  6. Derrick Locke, Kentucky RB
  7. Luke Stocker, Tennessee TE
  8. Kendric Burney, UNC CB
  9. DeAndre McDaniels, Clemson S
  10. David Mims, Virginia Union OT
CBS Sports' Rob Rang also has a list of the best players left at each position. It shows Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor, Alabama QB Greg McElroy, Tennessee RB Denarius Moore, Arkansas TE D.J. Williams, Auburn OT Lee Ziemba, Mississippi State DE Pernell McPhee, Ole Miss DT Jerrell Powe, Miami LB Colin McCarthy, Mississippi State LB K.J. Wright, UNC S Da'Norris Searcy, Florida S Ahmad Black, and Florida P Chas Henry among the best three or four best players at their respective positions.

We have more on the Falcons' first three rounds and on how SEC and ACC players fared in the first three rounds. For national coverage, check out SB Nation's NFL Draft hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. For more Atlanta Falcons draft discussion, join The Falcoholic.

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