But for a hard choice made by a young Mississippi shortstop and his family 18 years ago, Steve McNair might have played baseball for the Seattle Mariners rather than football in the NFL.
Black colleges, once a hotbed of NFL talent, have seen draft numbers drop the past 10 years.
In the 2010 NFL draft, the SEC led all conferences in players selected -- but the Big 12 had the first four picks. The ACC had claims of its own (a run of years with a top-10 pick) and the Big Ten was No. 2 overall. What does all this mean?