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2016 NFL Draft: SEC leads all CFB conferences with 51 picks


Despite Ohio State's record-breaking presence in the 2016 NFL Draft, the SEC took its normal place at the top of the conference picks race over the weekend.

The breakdown of picks for Power Five conferences:

SEC: 51

Big Ten: 47

Pac-12: 32

ACC: 26

Big 12: 26

It's a familiar perch for the SEC, which has now led all of college football in draftees for 10 consecutive years. In 2015, the SEC had 54 players drafted, edging the ACC by seven picks.

SEC players drafted over the weekend:

First round: Leonard Floyd , Vernon Hargreaves, Laremy Tunsil, Keanu Neal, Ryan Kelly, Laquon Treadwell, Robert Nkemdiche, Germain Ifedi.

Second round: Hunter Henry, Chris Jones, Reggie Ragland, Derrick Henry, A'Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed, Deion Jones, Cyrus Jones.

Third round: Will Redmond, Jonathan Bullard, Kenyan Drake, Shon Coleman, Brandon Williams, Jordan Jenkins.

Fourth round: Malcolm Mitchell, Ricardo Louis, Pharoh Cooper, Jerald Hawkins, Antonio Morrison, Demarcus Robinson, Evan Boehm, Rashard Robinson, Dak Prescott.

Fifth round: Connor McGovern, John Theus, Jonathan Williams, Brandon Shell, Kentrell Brothers, Alex Collins, Fahn Cooper.

Sixth round: Drew Kaser, Jerell Adams, Josh Forrest, Sebastian Tretola, Blake Countess, Cody Core, Brandon Allen, Kelvin Taylor.

Seventh round: Stephen Weatherly, Jalen Mills, Vadal Alexander, Alex McCalister, Keith Marshall.

Alabama and Florida led the league with seven draft picks each, followed by five each for Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss and Georgia. Tennessee was the only SEC team without a player drafted. The SEC also had more first-round picks than any other league with eight. The Big Ten had six first-rounders, with all but Michigan State's Jack Conklin coming from the Buckeyes. Ohio State's five first-round picks and 12 total draftees were the most from one school, with the former number only one short of the record (Miami, 2004) and latter just two short (OSU, 2004) of the record for a seven-round NFL draft.

The second day of the draft (Rounds 2-3) was taken by the Big Ten. The Big Ten had 17 second-day picks, while the SEC had 14. The ACC had 10, while the Big 12 and Pac-12 had six apiece.

As for the Group of Five leagues, the American Athletic Conference and Conference USA led the way with 10 drafted players each, followed by the Mountain West (nine), the Mid-American (six) and the Sun Belt (three).

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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