To add insult to injury when it comes to the dominance of the SEC; there was little doubt among experts as to which Conference produces the most elite talent.
No one conference in the history of the modern NFL Draft has had over eight players selected in the first 18 picks, the SEC tide that number and added one more, to make nine (9) first round picks from one Conference. All this while not even having a player selected at the No. 1 or No. 2 position.
Below is the list of SEC players selected in Round 1:
No. 3 (Ala) Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns
No. 6 (LSU) Morris Claiborne, DB, Dallas Cowboys
No. 7 (Ala.) Mark Barron, DB, Tampa Bay Bucs
No. 10 ( SCar.) Stephon Gilmore, DB, Buffalo Bills
No. 12 (Ms. St.) Fletcher Cox, DT, Philadelphia Eagles
No. 14 (LSU) Michael Brockers, DT, St. Louis Rams
No. 17 (Ala.) Dre Kirkpatrick, DB, Cincinnati Bengals
No. 18 (SCar.) Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
No. 25 (Ala.) Dont’a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots
Totals from each conference after 1st Rd:
- SEC: 9
- Big 12: 5
- Pac 12: 4
- Big Ten: 4
- ACC: 3
- MWC: 2
- Independent: 2
- Big East: 2
- CUSA: 1
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