SEC fans had to wait nine picks until Leonard Floyd was selected by the Chicago Bears to watch a player from the conference get drafted in 2016.
According to ESPN NFL Draft expert Todd McShay, it won’t take nearly as long in 2017. In fact, he has SEC players going with the first three picks in the first version of his 2017 NFL mock draft and a total of 16 SEC players going in the first round.
32 1st Round NFL Draft Picks.
16 from the SEC.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 15, 2016
McShay is currently projecting Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen to go first. If it happens, he would be the first SEC player to be selected first overall since Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina in 2014.
Six of McShay’s top-10 picks all come from SEC schools. The latter half of the first round should be friendly to Florida with Jalen Tabor, Caleb Brantley, Jarrad Davis and Quincy Wilson all expected to be picked in the first round. Alabama’s dominance is shown in the upper portion of the first round with Allen, Tim Williams, Marlon Humphrey, Reuben Foster, Cam Robinson and O.J. Howard all projected to go within the first 16 selections.
While McShay will continue to release mocks up until April, it’s clear he likes how deep with talent the SEC is this season.