The Miami Dolphins front office is currently analyzing the team’s roster and identifying what needs they must address as they enter the offseason. The Dolphins plan to be active in free agency, which could set them up nicely for the Draft. Free Agency comes first, in March, and depending on what holes the Dolphins fill during that time, it will directly effect which players and positions they target in the Draft.
Because free agency will determine which players the Dolphins target in the draft, it is difficult to project whom the Dolphins will select. However, if I can offer one bit of advice to Jeff Ireland, it would be to take a very close look at the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The SEC is widely accepted as the best conference (by far) in college football. I was curious (and bored) and decided to do a little research, which I will share with you below. My conclusion is that the Dolphins would be wise to select and SEC player or 2 (or 3).
Did you know that of the 84 players selected to the Pro Bowl, 20 of them (23.8%) came from the SEC? That’s more than any other conference. The ACC was second with 16. Players like Peyton Manning, Julio Jones, AJ Green, Patrick Willis, and Arian Foster all came from the SEC. The SEC is a powerhouse at the collegiate level and has produced the most Pro Bowlers in the NFL this season. Last year, the SEC edged the ACC and had the most players drafted (42).
This site did a breakdown of the last 10 years of NFL Drafts and gives a great overview of SEC players selected. The teams that selected the most SEC players during the last 10 years? Falcons – 22, Bengals – 22, Patriots – 19, Chiefs – 18, Seahawks – 17, Broncos – 16. Five of the top six teams that drafted SEC players were in the playoffs this year….although I know the Chiefs hold the #1 pick next year! The point is that the two #1 seeds in this year’s playoffs and one #2 seed were among the top 6 in SEC players drafted. (cont’d on page 2, click below)