The SEC could have the most players taken among Power Five conferences in the 2016 NFL Draft, but it almost certainly won’t have a player taken with the first two picks.
It becomes even more likely following the Philadelphia Eagles’ blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Browns for the No. 2 overall pick. The Eagles sent the No. 8 overall pick, their third and fourth-round picks, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick to Cleveland for the second overall pick and a fourth-round selection in 2017.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 20, 2016
The assumption is that the Eagles have made this move to acquire one of the top two quarterbacks in this draft class: California’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. Philadelphia’s move comes less than a week after the Los Angeles Rams made a mega deal with the Tennessee Titans for the No. 1 pick.
Translation: It’s unlikely that Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil will be taken within the first two picks. Tunsil is regarded as arguably the top player in this class, but it’s almost a certainty these two trades weren’t made for a player other than a quarterback.
Tunsil even could fall outside of the top five. The San Diego Chargers hold the No. 3 pick, but they have two capable offensive tackles and glaring needs defensively.
The Dallas Cowboys (No. 4 pick) have one of the best offensive lines in football and the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 5 selection) spent the No. 2 overall pick in 2013 on former Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel. The Baltimore Ravens could be a landing spot at No. 6, but offensive line isn’t their most tenuous need.
There’s a very low chance Tunsil falls outside of the top 10. The Browns could come into play at No. 8 and the New York Giants desperately need offensive line help at No. 10.
The SEC still will have plenty of players taken in the first round. It just might take awhile before the first one is taken.