Thursday, April 25, 2013
SEC poised for record haul in NFL draft
By Chris Low
The number to beat is 12.
That's how many first-round picks the ACC produced in 2006, which is a record for one conference. The SEC record is 11 first-round picks, which happened in 2007.
Both records could be in jeopardy this year if projections are correct.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has 13 players from the SEC being drafted in the first round in his latest mock draft . The draft gets under way tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN with the first round. The second and third rounds will take place on Friday and Rounds 4-7 on Saturday.
Kiper has Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel going No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs, which would mark the fourth time in the last seven drafts that an SEC player has gone No. 1 overall.
According to Kiper's projection, seven of the top 12 picks will come from the SEC. The SEC produced nine first-round picks last year and 10 in 2011.
Below is a rundown of the SEC players Kiper has going in the first round. He has four Alabama players being picked in the first round, which would give the Crimson Tide a whopping 14 first-round selections over the last four years.
- No. 1 -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (Chiefs)
- No. 3 -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida (Raiders)
- No. 6 -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (Browns)
- No. 9 -- Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU (Jets)
- No. 10 -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri (Titans)
- No. 11 -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama (Chargers)
- No. 12 -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama (Dolphins)
- No. 15 -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia (Saints)
- No. 21 -- Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (Bengals)
- No. 22 -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (Rams)
- No. 25 -- Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (Vikings)
- No. 31 -- Matt Elam, S, Florida (49ers)
- No. 32 -- Kevin Minter, LB, LSU (Ravens)