2013 NFL Draft Recap: Record Number Of SEC Players Drafted

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee) as the number twenty-nine overall pick to the Minnesota Vikings during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NFL has now come and gone and it was a historic year for former SEC players.

The SEC set a new record for most players drafted from a conference. The conference had 63 players drafted this weekend, including 12 in the first round.

The ACC was the next closest to the SEC with 31 players drafted. The Pac-12 had 28 players drafted total.

The Big 12 and Big 10 had 22 players drafted each and the Big East had 19 players drafted.

Florida State had the most players drafted with 11.

Here’s a complete breakdown of the SEC schools and how many players each had drafted.

  • Alabama — 9
  • LSU — 9
  • Georgia — 8
  • Florida — 8
  • South Carolina — 7
  • Texas A&M — 5
  • Tennessee — 4*
  • Arkansas — 4
  • Mississippi State — 3
  • Missouri — 2
  • Vanderbilt — 2
  • Auburn — 1
  • Kentucky — 1
  • Ole Miss — 0

*Montori Hughes (UT-Martin) is not credited officially as a Tennessee Volunteers draft pick

Prior to the draft we made draft projections for eight former Tennessee Volunteers. In order to stay true to our journalistic integrity we’d like to mention that we missed on all eight of those projections.

Here’s the draft results and free agent landing spots for the former Tennessee Volunteers that ended the weekend on an NFL roster.

  • Cordarelle Patterson — Selected in 1st round with the 29th overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings
  • Justin Hunter — Selected in the 2nd round with the 34th overall pick by the Tennessee Titans
  • Dallas Thomas — Selected in the 3rd round with the 77th overall pick by the Miami Dolphins
  • Montori Hughes — Selected in the 5th round with the 139th overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts
  • Mychal Rivera — Selected in the 6th round with the 184th overall pick by the Oakland Raiders
  • Tyler Bray — Signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a UDFA
  • Ben Bartholomew — Signed with the New England Patriots as a UDFA
  • Da’Rick Rogers — Signed with the Buffalo Bills as a UDFA
  • Zach Rogers — Signed with the New York Jets as a UDFA
  • Prentiss Waggner — Signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a UDFA

Early entrant Darrington Sentimore and senior Herman Lathers have both not yet been picked up by a team. 

Cordarrelle Patterson became the Volunteer’s 20th first round draft selection and the first since Eric Berry was taken 5th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010.

Tennessee has now had 334 players drafted all-time (335 if you count Hughes). The Vols are 7th on the all-time list and first among SEC schools.

Topics: Football, Minnesota Vikings, NFL Draft, Tennessee Volunteers

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