With NCAA action kicking off in two weeks and the NFL regular season shortly after, we decided to assemble rosters of the top current pro players from schools in each conference, with a wrapup of how they'd stack up against each other at the end.
Even though some of the players on these lists may have competed in other conferences during their playing careers before realignment, the formula is simple. You count for the conference team where your school plays now.
We'll be unveiling the rest of the teams each day starting Monday, but let's kick off the weekend (and plenty of ensuing debate) with the 2014 all-Southeastern Conference NFL roster.
There are five Tennessee Vols who made it:
Quarterback: Peyton Manning
There's an impressive depth chart of signal-callers from SEC schools currently starring in the NFL and while Cam Newton, Jay Cutler, Eli Manning and Matthew Stafford all would be decent options to lead this team, there's really only one obvious choice. At 38, the 13-time Pro Bowl quarterback is still the best at his position as he attempts to return to his fourth career Super Bowl.
Running back: Arian Foster
He missed half of the 2013 season due to injury, but Foster's production for the Houston Texans the three prior years was prodigious, rushing for over 1200 yards each season.
Tight end: Jason Witten
There are only four current starting NFL tight ends from SEC programs, but Witten remains a pretty stellar one. The Cowboys star made nine Pro Bowls in his 11 NFL seasons and needs just 201 yards to become only the third tight end in history to have over 10,000 career receiving yards.
Safety: Eric Berry
The 2013 first-round pick made an immediate impact on the 49ers defense, making the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Berry is a crucial piece of the defensive resurgence in Kansas City, justifying his fifth overall selection in 2010 with three Pro Bowl berths in four years.
Return man: Cordarrelle Patterson
The flashiest dresser at the 2013 draft also proved to be one of the sleekest return men in the NFL as a rookie, fielding 43 kicks for 1,393 yards and two touchdowns last year.