Alabama and Florida won the SEC West and East division titles, respectively. They also led the conference in players taken during the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Crimson Tide and Gators tied for the most picks in the conference with seven each. If the tiebreaker goes to the school with the most first-round picks, then Florida would’ve had the better draft. The Gators had two first rounders in cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and safety Keanu Neal, while Alabama’s lone first-round selection was surprisingly center Ryan Kelly.
Most #NFLDraft picks per school
Miss St: 3
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) April 30, 2016
The Crimson Tide made up for it on Day 2, however. The program had six players taken Friday night, including five in the second round.
Right behind those two schools were LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss and UGA with five players drafted. The Rebels had three first-round prospects in offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, while linebacker Leonard Floyd was the lone UGA player taken in the first round.
Coming in next were Auburn, Missouri, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Texas A&M with three players selected. Of that group, only the Aggies had a first-round pick (offensive guard Germain Ifedi). Kentucky and Vanderbilt both got on the board in the later rounds when UK linebacker Josh Forrest and Vandy defensive end Stephen Weatherly were taken in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.
Tennessee was the only school in the conference to not have a player drafted.