The SEC already shares the record for most first-round NFL draft picks from one conference in a single year and it might have the record all to itself next spring.
According to the latest mock drafts from CBS Sports and ESPN, the conference could produce as many as half (16) of the first-round picks in the 2017 draft, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. The ACC produced 12 first-round picks in 2006 and the SEC tied that mark in 2013.
AP writer Mark Long noted that more than half of the 14 SEC teams could produce a first-round pick in 2017. He highlighted 16 players from nine different SEC schools who are thought to be possible first-round selections and notes how they’re contributing this season.
His list includes LSU safety Jamal Adams, Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen, Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett, Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley, Georgia running back Nick Chubb, Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham, Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, Missouri defensive end Charles Harris, Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey, Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, Tennessee linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson, Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor and Alabama linebacker Tim Williams.
The SEC already enjoys bragging rights as the most dominant conference in the nation over the past decade and producing half of the first-round picks in on draft would only add to its reputation and the most competitive league in the college game.