A total of 369 former SEC football players were listed on NFL rosters during the opening weekend of the 2022 season, up from 363 last season.
Alabama led the league with 55 former players on NFL rosters, followed by LSU (51), Georgia (42) and Florida (33).
Earlier this year, the SEC led the nation’s conferences in NFL draft picks for the 16th consecutive year. The nation-leading 65 NFL Draft picks tied for the most in SEC history. The SEC has averaged more than 50 selections per draft since 2006.
This was the sixth consecutive year the SEC has seen 25 or more players selected through the first three rounds of the NFL Draft. A total of 34 selections from the SEC were made in the first three rounds in 2022, only trailing 40 by the SEC in 2020. The most ever by a league outside the SEC is 25.
During the last 16 NFL Drafts, the SEC has a nation-leading 159 players taken in the opening round, an average of nearly 10 per season. The SEC had seven of the first 15 selections of the 2022 NFL Draft and now has 135 First Round NFL Draft selections since 2010.
Since 2010, the SEC has over double the total amount of First Round selections than the next closest conference.