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2020 NFL Draft conference breakdown: SEC continues to reign supreme


Beginning with the Cincinnati Bengals’ selection of LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow on Thursday night and concluding with the New York Giants taking Georgia Bulldog linebacker Tae Crowder on Saturday afternoon, the 2020 National Football League Draft is now in the books.

Finishing just one shy of tying the league’s all-time mark from 2019, the Southeastern Conference led all of college football for the 14th consecutive draft with 63 players selected.

Starting strong with Burrow, LSU boasted a league-high 14 selections, including outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 20, wide receiver Justin Jefferson to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 22, long snapper Blake Ferguson to the Miami Dolphins at No. 185 and tight end Stephen Sullivan to the Seattle Seahawks at No. 251.

In addition to these 14 selections, tight end Thaddeus Moss signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent.

Alabama produced the second-most draft picks of any SEC program, finishing with nine. Like with LSU, the Crimson Tide’s star gunslinger, left-hander Tua Tagovailoa, was the program’s first player off the board, going to the Dolphins at No. 5.

Other Alabama selections include offensive tackle Jedrick Wills, Jr. to the Cleveland Browns at No. 10, wideout Henry Ruggs III to the Las Vegas Raiders at No. 12, cornerback Trevon Diggs to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 51 and outside linebacker Anfernee Jennings to the New England Patriots at No. 87.

Headlined by the Jaguars’ selection of cornerback C.J. Henderson at No. 9, the Florida Gators had seven players drafted, tied with Georgia for the third-most in the SEC and the fifth-most nationally.

Following Henderson, wide receiver Van Jefferson was selected by the Los Angeles Rams at No. 57 while defensive end Jabari Zuniga was taken by the New York Jets at No. 79 and linebacker Jonathan Greenard was plucked at No. 90 by the Houston Texans. Fellow wideouts, Freddie Swain and Tyrie Cleveland, were selected by the Seahawks (No. 214) and Denver Broncos (No. 252), respectively, to round out the list.

13 of the SEC’s 14 members had at least one player selected, with the Ole Miss Rebels being the only program not to do so.

Featuring 48 draftees, the Big Ten had the second-most selections of any conference. Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young led the way for the league to the Redskins at No. 2, with Minnesota Golden Gophers cornerback Chris Williamson rounding out the action to the Giants at No. 247.

The Big Ten experienced the largest increase of any conference, tallying eight more selections than the 40 they had in the 2019 draft. The American Athletic and Sun Belt Conferences both saw six-player jumps, as well, finishing with 17 and seven draftees, respectively.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Mid-American Conference suffered the largest decrease of any conference. Seeing only two players selected, the league experienced a seven-player drop from a year ago.

The 2021 NFL Draft will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, with Las Vegas, Nevada holding the 2022 draft.

The 2020 draft was originally scheduled to take place in Paradise, Nevada, just south of Las Vegas, but the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic caused the league to adopt the virtual format for this year.

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