The NFL scouting combine recently sent out its invitations, beckoning 335 of college football's best players to Indianapolis for rounds of testing and interviews Feb. 22-25. Not all who attend will fully participate, as many of the top prospects elect to showcase their abilities in a controlled environment such as a pro day than on the track at Lucas Oil Stadium (for example, both Derek Carr and AJ McCarron have said they are unsure if they'll take part in passing drills).
But with the chance to meet executives and talent evaluators from a host of NFL teams, very few turn down a combine invite, making the event the largest gathering of college talent all year long. This makes the combine a great place to gauge the talent level of each college conference. It's not a foolproof indicator - some conferences have stockpiled young talent or have a number of underrated players or prospects coming off of injuries. But for the most part, the combine gives us a taste on which conferences are hoarding the most talent.
The SEC, which had won the previous seven national titles before Florida State took down Auburn in January, would seem the obvious favorite to send the most players to Indianapolis. The conference is flush with talent and had 12 players selected in the first round of last year's draft. But the Pac-12 is working hard to catch up while the Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC are fighting for respectability as well.
Here's the breakdown on what conferences combine invitees hail from and what position they play: