How did the other 11 teams in the Southeastern Conference fare during the draft?
The team with the most draft choices was Arkansas with 9. They were followed by South Carolina and Vanderbilt with 8 each. The next team was a surprise to me. Auburn, a team that didn't make the SEC Tournament or NCAA Regionals, had 7 players drafted. Following them were Ole Miss and Kentucky with 5 apiece. Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee each had 4 players drafted. LSU came in last with 2 players drafted.
Overall, the SEC had 64 players drafted, which is 9 more than were drafted in the 2006 draft. Of those 64, five were selected in the 1st round with David Price, a lefthanded pitcher from Vanderbilt, being the 1st pick overall. Vanderbilt also had a second 1st round pick - righthanded pitcher Casey Weathers - which makes them the only SEC team with two first-round draft picks.
But, when you take into consider the supplemental first round - the SEC had 5 players selected in that round also - the honor of most first round draft picks in the SEC goes to Tennessee which had one 1st round pick and two 1st round supplemental picks.
Other SEC teams with 1st round picks include Arkansas and Florida. Teams with 1st round supplemental picks include Mississippi State, Auburn and Alabama. All three had one each.
Five SEC players were drafted in the 2nd round. Arkansas had two drafted in that round, as did Ole Miss. The other 2nd rounder was from Georgia.
Overall, of the 64 SEC players drafted, 15 were drafted in the first 2 rounds.
Of the 64 players drafted, 30 were pitchers. As for which team had the most pitchers drafted, that honor goes to Vanderbilt which had 6 pitchers drafted. Arkansas and South Carolina both had 4 pitchers drafted.
As for which rounds the players for each team was drafted, here's a list. The number of players drafted is in parentheses. An s by a 1st round selection means supplemental 1st round.
The next question is how many of these players have signed with the pros? If the player is in bold that means he has signed.
ALABAMA (2 of 4)
ARKANSAS (8 of 9)
AUBURN (6 of 7)
FLORIDA (2 of 4)
GEORGIA (2 of 4)
KENTUCKY (2 of 5)
LSU (1 of 2)
MSU (3 of 4)
OLE MISS (4 of 5)
SOUTH CAROLINA (1 of 8)
TENNESSEE (3 of 4)
VANDERBILT (4 of 8)
So far, 38 of the 64 have signed. And I would expect at least 8 more to sign before the August 15th deadline, including Tommy Hunter (Alabama, 1st-s), Cale Iorg (Alabama, 6th), Joshua Fields (Georgia, 2nd), Bryan Augenstein (Florida, 7th), Wynn Pelzer (South Carolina-9th), Harris Honeycutt (South Carolina-10th), Julio Borbon (Tennessee, 1st-s) and David Price (David Price-1st).
By the way, several SEC players helped themselves in the draft by staying for their senior seasons after being drafted their junior seasons.
Since I mentioned what players helped themselves, I should also mention the seniors that hurt themselves by not signing after last year's draft.
I hope you have a great Bulldog week this coming week.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing email@example.com.