Highest all-time NFL Draft pick for each SEC team

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Myles Garrett next month has a chance to unseat Luke Joeckel as the top draft pick to come out of Texas A&M.

If that happens, the Aggies would be the 10th SEC program to produce a No. 1 overall draft pick. It’s a trend Kevin Sumlin and company will no doubt use in recruiting as Joeckel and Von Miller were in the middle of a trend where the program had five players drafted No. 2 overall in their respective drafts.

If Garrett is drafted in either of the top two overall positions, Texas A&M would move past Auburn and Georgia with five players selected that high. (The Tigers and Bulldogs each have four No. 1 overall draft picks, however.)

Still, if we can learn anything Laremy Tunsil’s situation last year, it’s a cautionary tale of how projections compare to reality.

Here are the highest picks for all 14 SEC programs (including those who predated their team’s arrival in the conference):

TEAM POS./PLAYER YEAR PICK
Alabama* HB Harry Gilmer 1948 No. 1
Arkansas QB Lamar McHan 1954 No. 2
Auburn QB Cam Newton 2011 No. 1
LB Aundray Bruce 1988 No. 1
RB Bo Jackson 1986 No. 1
RB Tucker Frederickson 1965 No. 1
Florida HB Paul Duhart 1945 No. 2
Georgia QB Matthew Stafford 2009 No. 1
E Harry Babcock 1953 No. 1
HB Charley Trippi 1945 No. 1
RB Frank Sinkwich 1943 No. 1
Kentucky QB Tim Couch 1999 No. 1
LSU QB Jamarcus Russell 2007 No. 1
RB Billy Cannon 1960 No. 1
Mississippi State OLB Johnie Cooks 1982 No. 2
Missouri DE Justin Smith 2001 No. 4
OT Russ Washington 1968 No. 4
Ole Miss QB Eli Manning 2004 No. 1
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney 2014 No. 1
RB George Rogers 1981 No. 1
Tennessee QB Peyton Manning 1998 No. 1
TB George Kafego 1940 No. 1
Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel 2013 No. 2
OLB Von Miller 2011 No. 2
LB Quentin Coryatt 1992 No. 2
HB John David Crow 1958 No. 2
FB John Kimbrough 1941 No. 2
Vanderbilt QB Bill Wade 1952 No. 1

* Former Alabama quarterback Joe Namath was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1965 American Football League Draft and No. 12 overall pick in the NFL Draft..

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