Andrew Thomas

Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

LSU leads the way as SEC smashes record for most first-round draft picks in NFL draft

7 Comments

The SEC has been one of the top conferences in producing NFL talent, but now the conference holds a new draft record to back that idea up. Headlined by early selections of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (first overall) and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (fifth overall), the SEC ended the first night of the NFL draft with 15 players drafted, breaking the previous record for most first-round draft picks by three.

The record for most first-round draft picks by a single conference was 12. The ACC set the record with 12 first-round selections in the 2006 NFL Draft. The SEC later tied the record, twice. The SEC matched the record with 12 picks in 2013 and again in 2017. Now, the SEC has the record all to itself.

Reigning national champion LSU led all schools with five players selected in the first round, including the top overall pick. The five players selected is a new school record for the first round by LSU. LSU bookended the night with Burrow going first overall and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire wrapping the night as the 32nd overall pick by the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Alabama couldn’t manage to tie the mark for most first-round draft picks set by Miami in 2004 despite some pre-draft optimism the Tide had a shot to make some history. Alabama ended the opening night with four players selected by NFL franchises.

The pick to set the new record came with the 29th pick of the night when the Tennessee Titans drafted Georgia tackle Isaiah Wilson. Then the SEC saw two more players drafted before things drew to a close for the night.

Here’s the rundown of the new conference record for most draft picks in the first round:

  • 1st overall: Joe Burrow, LSU (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 4th: Andrew Thomas, Georgia (New York Giants)
  • 5th: Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (Miami Dolphins)
  • 7th: Derrick Brown, Auburn (Carolina Panthers)
  • 9th: CJ Henderson, Florida (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 10th: Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama (Cleveland Browns)
  • 12th: Henry Ruggs III, Alabama (Las Vegas Raiders)
  • 14th: Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 15th Jerry Jeudy, Alabama (Denver Broncos)
  • 20th: K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 22nd: Justin Jefferson, LSU (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 27th: Patrick Queen, LSU (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 29th: Isaiah Wilson, Georgia (Tennessee Titans)
  • 30th: Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn (Miami Dolphins)
  • 32nd: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU (Kansas City Chiefs)

2020 NFL Draft First Round Picks By Conference

  • SEC – 15
  • Big 12 – 5
  • Big Ten – 5
  • ACC – 3
  • Pac-12 – 3
  • Mountain West – 1

Ben Cleveland is third Georgia offensive lineman to not play in Sugar Bowl

Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
2 Comments

Georgia is starting to face some concerns about the depth of the offensive line as the Bulldogs prepare to take on Baylor in the sugar Bowl. Already without a couple of linemen who have chosen to skip the bowl game to focus on their potential NFL future, Georgia will now also be without offensive lineman Ben Cleveland.

According to a report from Dawgs247, Cleveland is battling some academic issues that have prevented him from being playing in the upcoming bowl game for the Bulldogs. Cleveland will reportedly remain at Georgia for his final season of eligibility in 2020. The absence of Cleveland will be another blow to the Georgia offensive line considering his playing experience on the line, including his starting experience in the trenches.

Georgia will also be without Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson in the Sugar Bowl. Both players have chosen to leave Georgia early to declare for the NFL draft.

Kyler Murray leads AP All-American team; Tagovailoa named to second team

3 Comments

Associated Press Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma was named First-Team All-American by the AP on Monday. Murray was one of 10 players from a College Football Playoff team named an All-American player by the AP, including Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, Clemson defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins, and Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love.

Alabama led all teams with six players named to either the first, second or third team All-American rosters by the AP, four of which being named to the first team to also lead all schools. Clemson and Oklahoma each landed four All-Americans and Oklahoma had two players named to an All-American team by the AP.

Below is the full list of first, second and third All-American teams released by the AP for the 2018 season:

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma

Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, sophomore, Wisconsin; Darrell Henderson, junior, Memphis

Tackles — Jonah Williams, junior, Alabama; Mitch Hyatt, senior, Clemson

Guards — Beau Benzschawel, senior, Wisconsin; Bunchy Stallings, senior, Kentucky

Center — Garrett Bradbury, senior, North Carolina State

Tight end — Jace Sternberger, junior, Texas A&M

Wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy, sophomore, Alabama; Marquise Brown, junior, Oklahoma

All-purpose player — Rondale Moore, freshman, Purdue

Kicker — Andre Szmyt, freshman, Syracuse

DEFENSE

Ends — Clelin Ferrell, junior, Clemson; Sutton Smith, junior, Northern Illinois

Tackles — Quinnen Williams, junior, Alabama; Christian Wilkins, senior, Clemson

Linebackers — Josh Allen, senior, Kentucky; Devin White, junior, LSU; Ben Burr-Kirven, senior, Washington

Cornerbacks — Deandre Baker, senior, Georgia; Julian Love, junior, Notre Dame

Safeties — Grant Delpit, sophomore, LSU; Deionte Thompson, junior, Alabama

Punter — Braden Mann, junior, Texas A&M

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Tua Tagovailoa, sophomore, Alabama

Running backs — Travis Etienne, sophomore, Clemson; Trayveon Williams, junior, Texas A&M

Tackles — Dalton Risner, senior, Kansas State; Andrew Thomas, sophomore, Georgia

Guards — Dru Samia, senior, Oklahoma; Michael Dieter, senior, Wisconsin

Center — Ross Pierschbacher, senior, Alabama

Tight end — T.J, Hockenson, sophomore, Iowa

Wide receivers — Tylan Wallace, sophomore, Oklahoma State; Andy Isabella, senior, Massachusetts

All-purpose player — Greg Dortch, sophomore, Wake Forest

Kicker — Cole Tracy, senior, LSU

DEFENSE

Ends — Montez Sweat, senior, Mississippi State; Jachai Polite, junior, Florida

Tackles — Jerry Tillery, senior, Notre Dame; Gerald Willis III, senior, Miami

Linebackers — Devin Bush, junior, Michigan; David Long Jr., junior, West Virginia; Joe Dineen, senior, Kansas

Cornerbacks — Greedy Williams, sophomore, LSU; Byron Murphy, sophomore, Washington

Safeties — Taylor Rapp, junior, Washington; Amani Hooker, junior, Iowa

Punter — Mitch Wishnowsky, senior, Utah

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks — Dwayne Haskins, sophomore, Ohio State

Running backs — Benny Snell, junior, Kentucky; Eno Benjamin, sophomore, Arizona State

Tackles — Andre Dillard, senior, Washington State; Cody Ford, junior, Oklahoma

Guards — Terrone Prescod, senior, North Carolina State; Chris Lindstrom, senior, Boston College

Center — Michael Jordan, junior, Ohio State

Tight end — Noah Fant, junior, Iowa

Wide Receivers — A.J. Brown, junior, Mississippi; David Sills V, senior, West Virginia

All-purpose player — J.J. Taylor, sophomore, Arizona

Kicker — Matt Gay, senior, Utah

DEFENSE

Ends — Chase Winovich, senior, Michigan; Jaylon Ferguson, senior, Louisiana Tech

Tackles — Jeffery Simmons, junior, Mississippi State; Ed Oliver, junior, Houston

Linebackers — Paddy Fisher, sophomore, Northwestern; David Woodward, sophomore, Utah State; Te’Von Coney, senior, Notre Dame

Cornerbacks — Hamp Cheevers, junior, Boston College; Lavert Hill, junior, Michigan

Safeties — Andre Cisco, freshman, Syracuse; Jonathan Abram, senior, Mississippi State

Punter — Jason Smith, sophomore, Cincinnati