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NFL Draft 2019: Which college football conference produced the most first-round picks? Did Clemson beat Alabama (again) in No. 1 selections?


Eleven of the 14 Southeastern Conference teams earned bowl berths in the 2018 season.

No conference produced more bowl teams, and now the SEC has another noteworthy distinction: the league with the most first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Nine players from the SEC were picked in the first round — two more than the Atlantic Coast Conference’s and the Big Ten’s seven.

The Big 12 and Pac-12 had three apiece in an opening round that includes 32 picks.

It marked the eighth time in nine years that the SEC led all conferences with the most selections in the first round. In 2018, the SEC had 10 first-round selections.

Alabama and Mississippi State each had had three first-round picks, while Georgia, Kentucky and LSU had one apiece.

Clemson tied Alabama and Mississippi State for most first-round picks with three.

Four teams — Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma — had two first-round selections apiece.

Notre Dame was the lone independent to have a player taken, while the American Athletic Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference each had one player selected.

Last year, the SEC was king while ACC produced six first-round picks, followed by the Big Ten and the Pac-12 with four apiece.

Last year, the ACC produced six first-round picks, followed by the Big Ten and the Pac-12 with four apiece.

As for the NFL Draft overall, the SEC has produced more players than every other league for 12 straight years. Last year, the SEC had 53 players selected in the seven-round draft while the ACC (46) and Big Ten (32) finished second and third, respectively.

Keith Sargeant may be reached at ksargeant@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KSargeantNJ. Find NJ.com Rutgers Football on Facebook.

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