Another NFL draft has come and gone, and once again the SEC led all other conferences with the amount of players drafted. Out of the 256 picks in this year’s draft, 49 players were drafted from the SEC. This figure is a drop from last years record-setting 63 players who were drafted, but 49 players is still an impressive figure. South Carolina’s Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney was the number one pick in the draft, while Missouri’s Michael Sam was the last player from the SEC taken at the 249 pick. LSU and Alabama led the SEC and the entire draft with the amount of players taken with nine and eight respectively.
Number of Players taken by school
Ole Miss 1
Mississippi St 1
Texas A&M 3
South Carolina 2
First Rounders: A total of 11 SEC players were taken in the first round alone. Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn had multiple players taken. Here is a breakdown of the first round players taken.
Houston Texans: Jedeveon Clowney (1st overall)
St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson (2nd overall)
Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews (6th overall)
Tampa Bay Bucs: Mike Evans (7th overall)
New York Giants: Odell Beckham Jr. (12th overall)
Baltimore Ravens: C.J. Moseley (17th overall)
Miami Dolphins: Ja’Wuan James (19th overall)
Green Bay Packers: HaHa Clinton-Dix (21st overall)
Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel (22nd overall)
Kanas City Chiefs: Dee Ford (23rd overall)
New England Patriots: Dominique Easley (29th overall)
Late round notables: Along with the first rounders, the SEC continued to be represented in the later rounds. Late round notables included the big three quarterbacks. The SEC all-time passing leader Aaron Murray was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 163 pick. One pick later the Cinncinatti Begals selected Alabama’s two-time National Champion quarterback A.J. McCarron. In the 6th round LSU’s Zach Mettenberger was taken with the 178 pick to the Tennessee Titans. All three quarterbacks walk into similar situations in the 2014 seasons. It is very likely that these guys will be backups when they enter training camp but all of them have the potential to fight for a starting job. Other later round players taken include Jeremy Hill, All SEC running back, Tre Mason, Jordan Matthews, Cyrus Koundjo, Ego Ferguson, Kony Ealy, Arthur Lynch, Jarvis Landry, and Ronald Powell, the nation’s number one recruit in 2010 according to Rivals.com.
Some of the undrafted notables included: Antonio Richardson, Marcus Roberson, Kelcy Quarles, Anthony Johnson, Chris Davis, Craig Johnston, Loucheiz Purifoy, and Rajion Neal to name only a few.
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