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53 SEC players selected in NFL draft

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The SEC led the nation's conferences in draft picks for the 12th consecutive year in 2018. The last time that the SEC did not top the conference draft list was in 2006, when the ACC had 52, the Big Ten had 41 and the SEC had 37.

The nation-leading 53 NFL Draft picks tied for third most in SEC history, trailing only the 63 in 2013 and 54 in 2015.

This marks the fourth straight year for the SEC to see 50 or more players taken in the NFL Draft. Only once in the last 25 years has another conference seen 50 or more players drafted. A total of 20 SEC players were taken in first two rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft , the second most by a single conference through the first two rounds in common draft era, only trailing the 21 set by the SEC a year ago.

Round 1
Pick (Overall) Athlete School NFL Team
8 Roquan Smith Georgia Chicago Bears
11 Minkah Fitzpatrick  Alabama Miami Dolphins
13 Da'Ron Payne  Alabama Washington Redskins
20 Frank Ragnow  Arkansas Detroit Lions
22 Rashaan Evans  Alabama Tennessee Titans
23 Isaiah Wynn  Georgia New England Patriots
25 Hayden Hurst  South Carolina Baltimore Ravens
26 Calvin Ridley  Alabama Atlanta Falcons
29 Taven Bryan  Florida Jacksonville Jaguars
31 Sony Michel  Georgia New England Patriots

Round 2
Pick (Overall) Athlete School NFL Team
35 Nick Chubb  Georgia Cleveland Browns
37 Braden Smith  Auburn Indianapolis Colts
43 Kerryon Johnson  Auburn Detroit Lions
46 Breeland Speaks  Ole Miss Kansas City Chiefs
47 Christian Kirk  Texas A&M Arizona Cardinals
55 Donte Jackson  LSU Carolina Panthers
56 Duke Dawson  Florida New England Patriots
59 Derrius Guice  LSU Washington Redskins
61 DJ Chark  LSU Jacksonville Jaguars
63 Carlton Davis  Auburn Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round 3
Pick (Overall) Athlete School NFL Team
66 Lorenzo Carter  Georgia New York Giants
80 Martinas Rankin  Mississippi State Houston Texans
85 Rashaan Gaulden  Tennessee Carolina Panthers
87 Arden Key  LSU Oakland Raiders
88 Oren Burks  Vanderbilt Green Bay Packers
93 Ronnie Harrison  Alabama Jacksonville Jaguars

Round 4
Pick (Overall) Athlete School NFL Team
105 Antonio Callaway  Florida Cleveland Browns
114 Da'Shawn Hand  Alabama Detroit Lions
118 Anthony Averett  Alabama Baltimore Ravens
124 Armani Watts  Texas A&M Kansas City Chiefs
133 J'Mon Moore  Missouri   Green Bay Packers
136 Marquis Haynes  Ole Miss  Carolina Panthers
Round 5
Pick (Overall) Athlete School NFL Team
167 Daniel Carlson  Auburn   Minnesota Vikings
169 Jordan Wilkins  Ole Miss   Indianapolis Colts
172 JK Scott  Alabama   Green Bay Packers
173 Johnny Townsend  Florida   Oakland Raiders
Round 6
Pick (Overall) Athlete School NFL Team
175 Damion Ratley  Texas A&M   Cleveland Browns
176 John Kelly  Tennessee   Los Angeles Rams
184 Marcell Harris  Florida   San Francisco 49ers
194 Russell Gage  LSU   Atlanta Falcons
197 Shaun Dion Hamilton  Alabama  Washington Redskins
198 Kahlil McKenzie  Tennessee  Kansas City Chiefs
211 Jordan Thomas  Mississippi State  Houston Texans
215 Bradley Bozeman  Alabama  Baltimore Ravens
Round 7
Pick (Overall) Athlete School NFL Team
219 Danny Etling  LSU  New England Patriots
224 Javon Wims  Georgia  Chicago Bears
226 David Williams  Arkansas  Denver Broncos
236 Bo Scarbrough  Alabama  Dallas Cowboys
239 Hunter Bradley  Mississippi State  Green Bay Packers
245 Will Clapp  LSU  New Orleans Saints
246 Joshua Frazier  Alabama  Pittsburgh Steelers
247 Logan Cooke  Mississippi State  Jacksonville Jaguars
252 Rod Taylor  Ole Miss  Cincinnati Bengals


  • For the seventh time in the last eight years, the SEC once again led the nation in First Round NFL Draft selections. The SEC produced 10 opening-round draft picks, followed by the ACC (6), Big Ten (4), Pac-12 (4), MWC (3), Independents (2), AAC (1), Big 12 (1), C-USA, (1).
  • The SEC had 10 First Round picks in 2018. During the last 12 NFL Drafts, the SEC has a nation-leading 111 players taken in the opening round, an average of over nine per season.
  • Only six times in NFL Draft history has a single conference produced 10 or more First Round selections - the SEC accounts for five (5) of those occasions, which have all occurred since 2011.
  • Since 2010, the SEC has nearly double (87) the total amount of First Round selections than the next closest conference (ACC - 44).
  • Five different SEC teams had a player taken in the First Round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
  • The SEC now has 31 Top-10 picks since 2009 and 37 since 2007.
  • At least one Florida player has been selected in every NFL draft since 1952, the longest streak in SEC history. The Gators have had nine First Round picks in the last six NFL Drafts. Florida has had a first round pick in 11 of the last 12 years.
  • Since 2009, Top 10 NFL picks by league: SEC (31); Big 12 (19); ACC (16); Pac-12 (17); B1G (7), MAC (3); Notre Dame (3), AAC (1), Mountain West (1), BYU (1).
  • Alabama has a First Round selection in each of the past 10 NFL Drafts, the longest streak in SEC History and 2nd-longest in college football history.
  • Alabama has the most First Round picks nationally since 2007 with 26.
  • Georgia had a school-record three players chosen in the First Round.
  • Alabama and Georgia, the two teams who played for the national championship last season, accounted for seven of the 32 picks of the opening round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Those seven selections are more than any other conference.
  • This is the second consecutive year the SEC has seen 25 or more players selected through the first three rounds of the NFL Draft.
  • The SEC has averaged over 50 selections per draft since 2006.
    All but one SEC program saw at least one player taken in the 2018 NFL Draft, with nine of those schools seeing three or more selections. Half the league, seven SEC schools, saw four or more players selected.
  • Alabama led the SEC with a school-record 12 draft selections.

Total 2018 NFL Draft Picks (Selections Per School in Parenthesis)

SEC: 53 (3.79)
ACC: 45 (3.21)
Big Ten: 33 (2.36)
Pac-12: 30 (2.50)
Big 12: 20 (2.00)
AAC: 18 (1.50) 

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