Draft by the numbers: SEC dominates in producing NFL talent

The Panthers' selection of Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin snapped a draft cold streak for Seminoles WRs.

Thankfully, you don't have to be all that good at math to crunch some numbers from the 2014 NFL Draft and the four drafts that preceded it.

Here are some of those numbers, which illustrate the dominance of the SEC, the high demand for cornerbacks in the NFL and the inexact science of rating high school recruits, among many other interesting NFL trends:

» The 2014 NFL Draft marked the eighth year in a row in which the SEC had the most draftees, with 49.

» For the fourth year in a row, the SEC had the most first-round draftees, with 11. It's also the fourth year in a row the league has had double-digit picks in the first round. Only one other conference has had even eight in the first round in that span (the Big 12 twice, with nine in 2010 -- when it had the most first-rounders -- and eight in 2011).

» Over the past five drafts, the SEC blows away the field when it comes to draft picks, with 241. In second, 72 picks behind, is the ACC with 169. The rest of the FBS leagues in the past five drafts: Big Ten with 154, Pac-12 with 150, Big 12 with 124, the now-defunct Big East (for football) with 73, the Mountain West with 58, Conference USA with 45, the now-defunct Western Athletic 40, the Mid-American with 31, independents with 26 and the Sun Belt with 24. (Important to note: The league affiliation matches up with the conference the school was in at the time of the draft, i.e., Missouri in the Big 12 from 2010-12 and the SEC in 2013-14.)

» The SEC also blows away the field in first-round picks over the past five years, with 50. In second is the Big 12 with 27. The rest: The ACC with 21, the Big Ten with 18, the Pac-12 with 17, the Big East with six, independents with five, the AAC and MAC with four each, the Mountain West and WAC with three each and Conference USA with two.

» There were 19 defensive players selected in the first round this year, the third consecutive draft in which more defensive players were taken than offensive players in the first round. The 19 selected this year is the highest number for defenders since 19 were taken in the first round in 1990.

» This was the fifth consecutive year Alabama had multiple picks in the first round, which sets a record.

» Most first-round picks by school since the common draft started in 1967: USC with 66, Miami and Ohio State with 56 each, Florida with 43, Alabama with 41, Florida State with 40, Notre Dame and Tennessee with 39 each and Michigan and Penn State with 34 each. Of those schools, all but Miami, Penn State and USC had first-rounders this year.

» This was the fourth consecutive year that Texas A&M had at least one player selected in the top 10: Von Miller in 2011, Ryan Tannehill in 2012, Luke Joeckel in 2013 and Mike Evans and Jake Matthews this year. NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes an Aggies offensive tackle will extend the school's top-10 pick streak to five next year.

» Alabama free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix went in the first round, to Green Bay. He is the fifth Crimson Tide defensive back to go in the first round in the past five drafts. Alabama has had nine defensive backs drafted in that span.

» UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo was a second-round pick, to Houston. He is just the second Bruins offensive lineman drafted since 1999.

» Clemson had two wide receivers drafted this year, Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins. It's the first time since 1979 that Clemson had multiple receivers taken in the same draft. In '79, the Tigers had three receivers drafted: Jerry Butler, Dwight Clark and Stan Rome.

» Miami QB Stephen Morris went undrafted, meaning UM hasn't had a quarterback taken in the draft since 2003 (Ken Dorsey); it has had just two drafted since 1993 (Gino Torretta is the other). The school had four first-round quarterbacks from 1983-89.

» Michigan had two offensive tackles drafted, Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield. Still, that means just five Wolverines offensive tackles have been selected since 1999 (three of those have been first-rounders), a low number for a school that prides itself on big, physical offensive lines.

» Kelvin Benjamin went in the first round, to Carolina. He was the first Florida State wide receiver drafted since 2007.

» Georgia had just two players selected in this draft, the fewest for the school in one draft since two were taken in 1991. Georgia Southern also had two players drafted this year.

» DE Terrence Fede, a seventh-round pick of the Dolphins, is the first-ever draftee from Marist, a FCS school in Poughkeepsie, New York. And DE Zach Moore, a sixth-round pick by the Jets, is the first-ever draftee from Concordia-St. Paul, a Division II school in St. Paul, Minnesota.

» Notre Dame has had 14 players selected in the past two drafts combined; that's the best two-year mark for the school since 1994-95 (15).

» Oklahoma State is 50-15 in the past five seasons, a winning percentage of almost 79 percent, which is eighth-best in the FBS ranks. But the Cowboys had only one draftee this year and have just 10 draftees during that span, including three years when they had only one.

» Washington had 10 players drafted in 1998, the most of any school in the nation. In the past 10 drafts, there have been 14 Huskies drafted.

» Underclassmen by round in this draft: 14 in the first round, 18 in the second, eight in the third, nine in the fourth, five in the fifth, three in the sixth and four in the seventh. LSU had six underclassmen selected; Alabama had four, and Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame and Stanford had three each.

» Cornerback was the most popular position in this draft, with 35 selected. Thirty-three wide receivers were picked.

» Fourteen quarterbacks were drafted this year, the most since 14 were selected in 2010.

» All 30 of the five-star prospects in the 2008 recruiting class finally are out of college. The final draft tally: Half were drafted, with eight of those 15 going in the first round.

» All but one of the 33 five-star prospects in the 2009 recruiting class are out of college; 15 have been drafted, with just three going in the first round.

» Eight of the top 10 five-star prospects in the 2010 recruiting class are done with college. Seven were drafted, including two in the first round (Florida DTs Sharrif Floyd in 2013 and Dominique Easley this year). There were 26 five-star prospects in that class, and five still have college eligibility. Of the 21 whose eligibility has expired, 13 have been drafted, with four (the two aforementioned defensive tackles as well as Florida safety Matt Elam and Alabama CB Dee Milliner) going in the first round.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.