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Sport SEC has most players taken in NFL draft for 12th consecutive year

07:15  29 april  2018
07:15  29 april  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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For the 12 th year in a row, the Southeastern Conference can claim having the most NFL draft picks. Defending champion Alabama paced the conference by leading all colleges with 12 total picks. Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith was the highest player selected from the SEC , going No. 8 overall

Which School Had the Most Players Picked in the 2018 NFL Draft ? Penn State, Georgia, Florida State and Miami had six players drafted from each of their schools. The SEC led the list of conferences with the most picks at 53—the 11 th consecutive year the conference has set the pace

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For the 12th year in a row, the Southeastern Conference can claim having the most NFL draft picks. 

With 27 picks coming on Day 3 of the draft, the SEC finished first overall again with a total of 53 draft picks.

Defending champion Alabama paced the conference by leading all colleges with 12 total picks. Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith was the highest player selected from the SEC, going No. 8 overall to the Chicago Bears. 

The ACC actually picked up 29 picks on the draft's final day, finishing with 46 picks — the only conference to finish within 20 picks of the conference where "It Just Means More." 

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•: The SEC led the nation's conferences in draft picks for the ninth consecutive year in 2015. The last time that the SEC did not top the conference draft list was in 2006 • The SEC had seven First Round picks in 2015. During the last nine NFL Drafts , the SEC has a nation-leading 81 players taken in the

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The Big Ten finished in third with 32 picks, while the Pac-12 had 30 and the Big 12 rounded out the Power Five with 20 selections.

Here's a complete conference-by-conference draft pick breakdown. (H/T to SB Nation's draft database): 

1. SEC: 53

2. ACC: 46: 

3. Big Ten: 32

4. Pac-12: 30

5. Big 12: 20 

6. AAC: 18

7. Conference USA: 10

8. Mountain West: 9

9. MAC: 5

10. Sun Belt: 3

The independent schools (Notre Dame, BYU, Army and UMass) had six players drafted. 

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