What colleges will reign supreme on draft day?

Just because a player graduates or leaves his school doesn’t mean all ties and loyalties leave with him. The thing that makes college football so special is the fans’ passion, opinions and support that follow a prospect far past his time in the college game. Today, the National Football Post takes a look at the conferences and teams that could end up being the real winners on draft day and give their fans a another reason to cheer.

What conferences will have the most first-round picks?

According to our latest mock draft, here’s the list of the prospects from each conference who we expect to go in the first round (as of today):

Big 12 (7)

Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Earl Thomas, FS, Texas

SEC (6)

Eric Berry, FS, Tennessee
Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama

Big Ten (4)

Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State
Rodger Saffold, OL, Indiana

Pac-10 (4)

Taylor Mays, FS, USC
Charles Brown, OT, USC
Jahvid Best, RB, California
Brian Price, DT, UCLA

ACC (4)

C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Morgan Burnett, FS, Georgia Tech

WAC (3)

Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State

Big East (2)

Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

MWC (1)

Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU

Independent (1)

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

What university will end up with the most draft picks overall?

Next, we take a look at which schools should end up having the most prospects selected throughout draft weekend. Obviously, this isn’t an exact science. However, the results are based on “draftable prospects” (players who are likely to get drafted) and “potential draftable prospects” (players who have a shot to get drafted). Here’s our look at the top 10 schools that will likely see the most prospects selected on draft weekend:

1. Florida

Draftable prospects (9)

Tim Tebow, QB
Carlos Dunlap, DL
Joe Haden, CB
Maurkice Pouncey, OL
Major Wright, FS
Brandon Spikes, ILB
Aaron Hernandez, TE
Jermaine Cunningham, DE
Riley Cooper, WR

Potential draftable prospects (4)

Brandon James, RB
Ryan Stamper, LB
Dustin Doe, OLB
David Nelson, WR

Our guess: 10

2. LSU

Draftable prospects (8)

Chad Jones, SS
Brandon LaFell, WR
Ciron Black, OL
Harry Coleman, OLB
Charles Scott, RB
Perry Riley, OLB
Rahim Alem, DE
Al Woods, DT

Potential draftable prospects (7)

Richard Dickson, FB
Jacob Cutrera, ILB
Keiland Williams, RB
Danny McCray, S
Charles Alexander, DL
Trindon Holliday, WR
Chris Hawkins, CB

Our guess: 9

3. Alabama

Draftable prospects (7)

Rolando McClain, ILB
Mike Johnson, OG
Kareem Jackson CB
Terrence Cody, DT
Colin Peek, TE
Javier Arenas, CB
Brandon Deaderick, DL

Potential draftable prospects (5)

Leigh Tiffin, K
Justin Woodall, SS
Drew Davis, OL
Roy Upchurch, RB
Lorenzo Washington, DL

Our guess: 9

4. USC

Draftable prospects (7)

Taylor Mays, FS
Everson Griffen, DE
Damian Williams, WR
Anthony McCoy, TE
Charles, Brown, OT
Joe McKnight, RB
Kevin Thomas, CB

Potential draftable prospects (4)

Jeff Byers, OL
Alex Parsons, OL
Will Harris, SS
Stafon Johnson, RB

Our guess: 8

5. Oklahoma

Draftable prospects (6)

Gerald McCoy, DT
Trent Williams, OT
Sam Bradford, QB
Jermaine Gresham, TE
Dominique Franks, CB
Brian Jackson, CB

Potential draftable prospects (6)

Brian Simmons, OG
Chris Brown, RB
Brody Eldridge, TE
Keenan Clayton, OLB
Auston English, DE
Matt Clapp, FB

Our guess: 8

6. Texas

Draftable prospects (5)

Earl Thomas, FS
Sergio Kindle, OLB
Colt McCoy, QB
Lamarr Houston, DT
Jordan Shipley, WR

Potential draftable prospects (5)

Hunter Lawrence, K
Adam Ulatoski, OL
Chris Hall, C
Charlie Tanner, OG
Roddrick Muckelroy, ILB

Our guess: 8

7. Penn State

Draftable prospects (5)

Sean Lee, ILB
Jared Odrick, DT
Navorro Bowman, OLB
Andrew Quarless, TE
Josh Hull, ILB

Potential draftable prospects (4)

Mickey Shuler, TE
Dennis Landolt, OL
A.J. Wallace, CB
Daryll Clark, ATH

Our guess: 7

8. Iowa

Draftable prospects (6)

A.J. Edds, OLB
Amari Spievey, CB
Kyle Calloway, OL
Tony Moeaki, TE
Pat Angerer, LB
Bryan Bulaga, OT

Potential draftable prospects (2)

Dace Richardson, OL
Rafael Eubanks, C

Our guess: 6

9. South Florida

Draftable prospects (6)

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE
Nate Allen, FS
Carlton Mitchell, WR
Jerome Murphy, CB
Kion Wilson, ILB
George Selvie, OLB

Potential draftable prospects (1)

Jessie Hester, WR

10. Tennessee

Draftable prospects (5)

Dan Williams, DT
Eric Berry, FS
Montario Hardesty, RB
Chris Scott, OL
Jonathan Crompton, QB

Potential draftable prospects (3)

Rico McCoy, OLB
Jacques McClendon, OG
Jeff Cottam, TE

Our guess: 6

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