2020 NFL Draft: SEC Sets Record With 15 First-Round Picks

It was a record-breaking night for the SEC.

The conference, which has dominated the NFL Draft over the years, continued to flex its muscle as it broke several records Thursday night.

Of the 32 picks in the first round, 15 of those players came from the SEC. This broke the previous record by the conference which saw 12 players taken in the 2013 and 2017.

LSU, the reigning national champions, had five players selected, including the top overall pick in Joe Burrow and the last player taken in the first round in running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

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By the end of night the conference owned four records. Six players were selected within the first 10 picks and 10 were chosen from the first 20 selections. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the night for the conference was seeing two of its quarterbacks (Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa) being selected in the Top 5. Prior to Thursday, no conference had ever achieved that.

The SEC has now led all college football conferences in draft picks for 13-straight seasons and 2020 looks like it will be no different. It also helps that the conference has 14 teams. Last year, the SEC had a record 64 players taken in the NFL Draft, breaking the previous high of 63 players taken in 2013.

The SEC’s first-round picks

No. 1: LSU QB Joe Burrow (Cincinnati)
No. 4: Georgia OT Andrew Thomas (New York Giants)
No. 5: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa ( Miami)
No. 7: Auburn DT Derrick Brown (Carolina)
No. 9: Florida CB C.J. Henderson (Jacksonville)
No. 10: Alabama OT Jedrick Wills (Cleveland)
No. 12: Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III (Oakland)
No. 14: South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw (San Francisco)
No. 15: Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy (Denver)
No. 20: LSU Edge K’Lavon Chaisson (Jacksonville
No. 22: LSU WR Justin Jefferson (Minnesota)
No. 28: LSU LB Patrick Queen (Baltimore)
No. 29: Georgia OG Isaiah Wilson (Tennessee)
No. 30: Auburn CB Noah Igbinoghene (Miami)
No. 32: LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Kansas City)

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