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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A record NFL draft haul for the SEC?

By Chris Low

The SEC record for players selected in the first round of a single NFL draft is 11, which was set in 2007.

The record for any conference is 12 first-rounders, which was set by the ACC in 2006.

As the mock drafts continue to pour out for the 2013 draft, it looks like it could be a record-setting year for the SEC.

The latest mock draft by Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has 16 SEC players going in the first round, including four of the top five picks. Jeremiah has Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel going No. 1 to the Kansas City Chiefs, Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones going No. 2 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner going No. 4 to the Oakland Raiders and Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore going No. 5 to the Detroit Lions.

According to Jeremiah's projections, eight of the first 15 picks will be SEC players.

One of his most interesting picks is Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson going No. 8 overall to the Buffalo Bills. Patterson only played one season with the Vols and is still extremely raw in terms of route-running and recognition, but was one of the most explosive players in the league with his combination of size (6-3, 210 pounds) and breakaway speed.

Below are the 16 SEC players Jeremiah predicts will go in the first round: