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Alabama set a school record for players picked in the National Football League Draft with a total of a dozen players from its 2017 national championship team selected. Seven former Crimson Tide players were taken Sunday on the final day of the draft, when the fourth through the seventh rounds took place in Arlington, Texas. By  Ben Jones

The 2018 NFL Draft began on Thursday night in Arlington, Texas. Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith was taken with the No. 8 pick in the draft by the Chicago Bears. Smith, the first SEC player taken in the draft,  was a key part of Georgia’s 2017 team, as he led the Bulldogs in tackles and was regarded as one of the best players in the country. By Connor Riley

Nick Chubb had a number of special moments during his time at Georgia. He finished as the SEC’s second all-time leading rusher, aced the NFL combine and has absolutely zero character concerns. Were it not for his most well-known moment, Chubb likely would be joining Saquon Barkley and possibly teammate Sony Michel in hearing his name called during the first roundof the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night. By Connor Riley

Etling was drafted by the Patriots in the 7th round (Photo: Adam Hagy, USA TODAY Sports)

With the first pick in the seventh round, the New England Patriots took quarterback Danny Etling off the board – the 10th quarterback selected in this year’s draft. Etling, who spent the past two seasons as LSU’s starting quarterback, will join a quarterback room in New England with Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer. By Shea Dixon

Former Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on March 3. Smythe was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
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On Saturday, the Miami Dolphins selected Smythe in the fourth round, with the 123rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was the third Irish player off the board, joining offensive guard Quenton Nelson (sixth overall to Indianapolis) and offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey (ninth overall to San Francisco). By

USC Football continued their exceptional performance in the NFL Draft in 2018 with four selections to bring their all-time total to 505 picks. That remains the most in college football. The Trojans remain king of the mountain in other ways too. They maintained their lead for first round draft picks, adding one to bring the total up to 81. They also continued their streak of having a player drafted every year since 1939. By Alicia de Artola

The 2018 NFL Draft weekend turned into a celebration for Ohio State. Only Alabama (12 picks) had more players picked than the Buckeyes, who also paced the Big Ten coming off a season in which it won the conference championship on the field. And as soon as the last of the program’s seven players were picked and a handful agreed to free-agent deals, there was speculation about how Ohio State could top those numbers next year. By Austin Ward

Shea Patterson was a five-star recruit in the class of 2016. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning, File)

Former Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson is likely to be Michigan’s starting quarterback in 2018. After multiple reports emerged Thursday, Michigan confirmed Friday that the Ole Miss transfer will be immediately eligible to compete for the Wolverines. Patterson had transferred from Ole Miss following NCAA sanctions — including a bowl ban — against the school. By Nick Bromberg

During a visit to Nebraska last week, Joe Burrow’s name came up more than once. Burrow is a redshirt junior quarterback at Ohio State who reportedly could become a graduate transfer next month. The connection: Burrow’s father and brothers played at Nebraska. By 

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