SEC looking to set a new first-round NFL Draft record


NFL Draft day is only 17 days away, and former SEC players are gearing up for a projected historical conference slate.

The college football record of 12 first-round draft picks by the ACC in 2006 is very much in jeopardy. And ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper projects the SEC to set a new record with 13 picks in the first-round.

Here are the updated first-round projections:

1. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (Kansas City Chiefs)
3. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida (Oakland Raiders)
5. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (Detroit Lions)
9. Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU (New York Jets)
10. Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama (Tennessee Titans)
12. D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama (Miami Dolphins)
14. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri (Carolina Panthers)
15. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia (New Orleans Saints)
21. Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia (Cincinnati Bengals)
23. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (Minnesota Vikings)
25. Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU (Minnesota Vikings)
26. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (Green Bay Packers)
29. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee (New England Patriots)

  • Alabama has three of the top 12 players, and four projected overall.
  • Both Tennessee WRs Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter will be first-round picks. They’re too good not to be.
  • The one player I’m interested in the most is Jarvis Jones. How far does he fall? He went from a top-five pick to No. 15 on the board. Most are projecting him to be a mid first-round pick.

Kiper also projects eight former SEC players selected in the second round:

34. Matt Elam, S, Florida (San Francisco 49ers)
44. D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina (Carolina Panthers)
48. Cornelius Washington, OLB, Georgia (Pittsburgh Steelers)
50. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama (Chicago Bears)
53. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (Cincinnati Bengals)
57. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia (Houston Texans)
58. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M (Denver Broncos)
59. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU (New England Patriots)

  • Tyrann Mathieu is making a serious move. He went from not playing in 2012 to being a projected second-round pick. 
  • Damontre Moore fell out of the first round all the way to No. 58. I don’t see him dropping that far on draft day.
  • DJ Swearinger’s stock has been soaring as of late, and he’s a specimen at safety.

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