The SEC has dominated the college football world for years now, both on the field and in the recruiting rankings.
That dominance has translated to the NFL Draft, where the SEC once again had the most players of any conference selected in the first round of the annual event.
It wasn’t the dominating performance many expected, as only nine SEC guys heard their names called, leaving talented players like Mizzou QB Drew Lock, Ole Miss WRs D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown, Florida OL Jawaan Taylor and LSU DB Greedy Williams on the board, but the SEC still edged out every other conference.
Here were the SEC players picked in Round 1 from Nashville on Thursday night:
- No. 3 — Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama — New York Jets
- No. 5 — Devin White, LB, LSU — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- No. 7 — Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky — Jacksonville Jaguars
- No. 11 — Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama — Cincinnati Bengals
- No. 19 — Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State — Tennessee Titans
- No. 24 — Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama — Oakland Raiders
- No. 26 — Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State — Washington Redskins
- No. 27 — Johnathan Abram, DB, Mississippi State — Oakland Raiders
- No. 30 — Deandre Baker, DB, Georgia — New York Giants
Here’s a breakdown of the first-round picks by conference:
- SEC — 9
- ACC — 7
- Big Ten — 7
- Big 12 — 3
- Pac-12 — 3
- Independent — 1
- Group of 5 — 1
- FCS — 1