April 24, 2020
The Southeastern Conference broke the NFL record for first-round draft picks by a conference.
Fifteen players from the powerhouse league were selected in the opening round Thursday night. That topped the previous mark of 12 set by the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2006 and matched twice by the SEC (2013, 2017).
The selections were dominated with players from Alabama and LSU, notably Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow of the Tigers. The league fell short of having as many players drafted in the first round as the rest of college football combined.
Four Crimson Tide players went in the top 15 as WRs Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy went to AFC West teams. Then a run on LSU players happened as three Tigers went from picks Nos. 20-28.
The record was set when Tennessee took Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson.
LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton, Alabama safety Xavier McKinney, Georgia running back D’Andre Swift and Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs did not come off the board as some expected.
The SEC has led all college football conferences in draft picks for 13 straight seasons and 2020 looks like it will be no different. There were 64 SEC players taken in the seven rounds of the 2019 NFL draft and that number broke a record of 63 set in 2013. Will 65 or more players get taken this year? We’ll find out over the next two days.