Infographic: Where Do NFL Draft Picks Come From?Reuben Fischer-Baum4/25/13 2:00pmFiled to: projectingnfl draftseccollege footballNCAAnfldraftmapsgifinfographicsdata visualizationdata vizinfographicroundup283EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkGIF Tonight, we get to watch the first round of one of the saddest NFL drafts in recent memory, with teams tripping over each other trying to trade down in a weak year. Even in the good years, success in the college game doesn't always translate to the pros, but some regions and conferences have a reputation for generating NFL-ready talent. Are these reputations earned? To investigate, I took a look at all 4,057 draft picks dating back to 1997. Player data came from profootballreference.com, but I filled in the conferences myself based on affiliations in the players' final season before their drafts. You can check out the full data here, remember that this analysis is based on the colleges players attended, not where they grew up.