Interesting that they chose to sort based on 1st round picks versus overall number of draft picks (which would have favored LSU)
they probably thought the first round numbers promoted the SEC better than overall # of draft picks. Everyone can look at "first" round and say, damn, that's a lot of first round picks.
But it's hard to say that is a lot of picks overall. Just hard to compare the numbers to other conferences.
I would imagine they also looked at other power conference's numbers and we compared similarly to them in overall picks but blew them away with first rounders. thus, they chose that category.
But I'm guessing here.