NFL 2022: Ranking College Football Conferences by their NFL Representation

NFL 2022: Ranking College Football Conferences by their NFL Representation
08 Sep
2022
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The recently concluded 2022 NFL Draft was one for the books. National champions, the Georgia Bulldogs, sent 15 players to the NFL, a new record that eclipses the previous tally set by LSU Tigers in 2020 and Ohio State Buckeyes in 2004 (14 draft picks each). Not only that, Georgia had five defensive players from its title-winning team selected in the first round of the draft. And why not? The Bulldogs defensive unit was ranked the best in the country by the Associated Press, and allowed only 10.2 points per game throughout the 2021 season.

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) had 65 selections, led by the Bulldogs, of course. This broke the conference's previous record set in 2013, with Alabama, LSU, and Florida having the most selections that year (9 each).

This year's draft also included selections from 105 American schools, an increase from last year's 89. With the new NFL season starting this weekend, we decided to rank the college conferences with the most NFL draft selections going into the 2022 season.

Division I Football Bowl Subdivision

SEC led the way with 65 selections, followed by the Big Ten Conference (48). The Pac-12 and Big-12 Conferences tied for third with 25 selections. Here's a breakdown of how each conference and their respective schools fared during the 2022 NFL Draft:

Southeastern Conference (SEC)

Total picks: 65

Teams:

Georgia Bulldogs — 15

LSU Tigers — 10 

Alabama Crimson Tide — 7

Ole Miss Rebels  — 6

Tennessee Volunteers — 5

Texas A&M Aggies — 4

Kentucky Wildcats — 4

Florida Gators — 3

Arkansas Razorbacks — 3

South Carolina Gamecocks — 3

Mississippi State Bulldogs — 2

Missouri Tigers  — 2

Auburn Tigers — 1

Big Ten Conference

Total picks: 48

Teams:

Penn State Nittany Lions — 8

Ohio State Buckeyes — 6

Michigan Wolverines — 5

Wisconsin Badgers — 5

Michigan State Spartans — 4 

Minnesota Golden Gophers — 4

Purdue Boilermakers — 3

Nebraska Cornhuskers — 3

Illinois Fighting Illini — 3

Iowa Hawkeyes — 2

Rutgers Scarlet Knights — 2

Maryland Terrapins — 2

Indiana Hoosiers — 1

Pac-12 Conference

Total picks: 25

Teams:

UCLA Bruins — 6

Washington Huskies — 4

Arizona State Sun Devils — 4

USC Trojans — 3

California Golden Bears — 2

Washington State Cougars — 2

Stanford Cardinal — 1

Oregon State Beavers — 1

Oregon Ducks — 1

Utah Utes — 1

Big 12 Conference

Total picks: 25

Teams:

Oklahoma Sooners — 7

Baylor Bears — 6

Iowa State Cyclones — 4

Oklahoma State Cowboys — 3

Texas Tech Red Raiders — 2

Kansas State Wildcats — 2

Kansas Jayhawks — 1

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

Total picks: 21

Teams:

Virginia Tech Hokies — 4

North Carolina Tar Heels — 4

NC State Wolfpack — 2

Pittsburgh Panthers — 2

Clemson Tigers — 2

Wake Forest Demon Deacons — 2

Florida State Seminoles — 1

Boston College Eagles — 1 

Virginia Cavaliers — 1

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets — 1

Miami Dolphins — 1

American Athletic Conference (AAC)

Total picks: 19

Teams:

Cincinnati Bearcats — 9

Houston Cougars — 3

Tulsa Golden Hurricane — 2

Memphis Tigers — 2

SMU Mustang — 2

UCF Knights — 1

Mountain West Conference

Total picks: 11

Teams:

San Diego State Aztecs — 4

Nevada Wolfpack — 2

Colorado State Rams — 1

Wyoming Cowboys — 1

Air Force Falcons — 1

Fresno State Bulldogs — 1

Boise State Broncos — 1

Mid-American Conference

Total picks: 6

Teams:

Central Michigan B Chippewas — 2

Toledo Rockets — 2

Western Michigan Broncos — 1

Miami (Ohio) RedHawks —1

Conference USA

Total picks: 6

Teams:

UTSA Roadrunners — 2

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers — 2

UAB Blazers — 1

Marshall Thundering Head — 1

Sun Belt Conference

Total picks: 6

Teams:

Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns — 2

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers — 2

South Alabama Jaguars — 1

Appalachian State Mountaineers — 1

FBS Independents

Total picks: 5

Teams:

Notre Dame Fighting Irish — 2

BYU Cougars — 1

Liberty Flames — 1

UConn Huskies — 1 

Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)

Northern Iowa Panthers — 1 (Missouri Valley)

North Dakota State Bison — 1 (Missouri Valley)

Missouri State Bears — 1 (Missouri Valley)

North Dakota Fighting Hawks — 1 (Missouri Valley)

South Dakota State Coyotes — 1 (Missouri Valley)

Youngstown State Penguins — 1 (Missouri Valley)

Montana State Bobcats — 2 (Big Sky)

Southern Utah Thunderbirds — 1 (Big Sky)

Chattanooga Mocs — 1 (Southern Conference)

Southern Jaguars — 1 (SWAC)

Jackson State Tigers — 1 (SWAC)

Fordham Rams — 1 (Patriot League)

Villanova Wildcats — 1 (Colonial)

Samford Bulldogs — 1 (Southern)

Sam Houston State Bearkats — 1 (Southland Conference)

South Carolina State Bulldogs — 1 (MEAC)

Yale Bulldogs — 1 (Ivy League)

Division II

Fayetteville State Broncos — 1 (CIAA)

Northwest Missouri State Bearcats — 1 (MIAA)

Ouachita Baptist Tigers — 1 (GAC)

Valdosta State Blazers — 1 (Gulf South)

Lenoir-Rhyne Bears — 1 (South Atlantic)

First-Round Selections by Conference

SEC led the way with 12 selections, followed by the Big Ten (7), Pac-12 (4) and ACC (4). Here's the breakdown of all first-round selections during the 2022 NFL Draft.

SEC

#1 Travon Walker, DE, Georgia to Jacksonville Jaguars

#3 Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU to Houston Texans

#7 Evan Neal, OT, Alabama to New York Giants

#9 Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State to Seattle Seahawks

#12 Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama to Detroit Lions

#13 Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia to Philadelphia Eagles

#15 Kenyon Green, OG, Texas A&M to Houston Texans

#18 Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas to Tennessee Titans

#22 Quay Walker, ILB, Georgia to Green Bay Packers

#23 Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida to Buffalo Bills

#28 Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia to Green Bay Packers

#32 Lewis Cine, S, Georgia to Minnesota Vikings

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Big Ten

#2 Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan to Detroit Lions

#10 Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State to New York Jets

#11 Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State to New Orleans Saints

#16 Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State to Washington Commanders

#25 Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa to Baltimore Ravens

#30 George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue to Kansas City Chiefs

#31 Daxton Hill, S, Michigan to Cincinnati Bengals

Pac-12

#5 Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon to New York Giants

#8 Drake London, WR, Southern California to Atlanta Falcons

#21 Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington to Kansas City Chiefs

#27 Devin Lloyd, ILB, Utah to Jacksonville Jaguars

ACC

#6 Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State to Carolina Panthers

#17 Zion Johnson, OG, Boston College to Los Angeles Chargers

#20 Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh to Pittsburgh Steelers

#26 Jermaine Johnson II, DE, Florida State to New York Jets

AAC

#4 Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati to New York Jets

#24 Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa to Dallas Cowboys

Independent

#14 Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame to Baltimore Ravens

Missouri Valley

#19 Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa to New Orleans Saints

Southern

#29 Cole Strange, OG, UT-Chattanooga to New England Patriots

Summary

The first round of college football matches have been played with many exciting matchups and fascinating displays. No. 3 Georgia began the defense of their title by seeing off No. 11 Oregon 49-3, title favorites No. 1 Alabama thumped Utah State 55-0. 

Football fans will be more excited in the coming days as the 2022 NFL Season officially kicks off this weekend.

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