With the NFL season now over, the attention in February immediately turns to the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine. From Feb. 19-25, the best players from the collegiate ranks looking to eventually make a name for themselves at the next level will workout in front of some of the most important people in the league to prove they can do just that.
In the collegiate ranks, there is no question that the best overall talent right now comes from the mighty SEC, whether or not they have a national championship streak. In the league right now, there’s a plethora of talent from down south that are making their mark.
That’s why it’s no surprise that the Combine this year is being dominated by talent from the SEC, as that conference leads the way in number of players they’re sending to the event, followed by the ACC who’s a not-so-close second.
SEC: 71. Every conference school has at least one participant and eight have at least five.
ACC: 48. Every conference school has at least one participant and five have at least five.
Pac-12: 45. Every conference school has at least one participant and five have at least five.
Big Ten: 36. Every conference school has at least one participant and three have at least five.
Big 12: 25. Every conference school but one (Kansas) has at least one participant and two have at least five.
FCS schools: 22. Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern and Tennessee State each have two.
Mountain West: 22. Air Force, Hawaii and New Mexico have zero participants. The other league schools have at least one each.
Independents: 15. BYU, New Mexico State and Notre Dame are the independents with participants, and BYU and Notre Dame have at least five each.
AAC: 14. Cincinnati, SMU and Temple have zero participants. The other league schools have at least one each and one has at least five.
Division II schools: 14. Bloomsburg (Pa.) and West Texas A&M each have two.
Mid-American: 10. Ball State, Buffalo, Kent State, Massachusetts, Northern Illinois, Ohio and Toledo are the league schools with participants.
Conference USA: 8. Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Rice, Southern Miss and Tulane are the league schools with participants.
Sun Belt: 5. Arkansas State, Georgia State and Western Kentucky are the league schools with participants.