SEC Breaks Record For First Round NFL Draft Picks With These Players

Every year there is a debate to which college football conference is the best in the country. In the last two decades, it's been the SEC against the rest, with the exception of the ACC a time or two.

On Thursday night during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the SEC left no doubt. From the top pick and all the way to the final pick of the the opening night, from quarterback to wide receivers and all positions on defense, the Southeastern Conference once declared supremacy.

The SEC produced seven of the top 10 picks and nine of the first 15 selected. In all, the conference boasted 15 first-round picks, breaking the old record of 12 by the SEC and ACC.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow was the No. 1 overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, followed by Georgia offensive tackle at No. 4 by the New York Giants and Alabama quarterback Tua Tuagovailoa selected fifth by the Miami Dolphins.

LSU, who won last season's national championship, led the way with five picks in the first round. Alabama had four picks, followed by two each from Auburn and Georgia and then one apiece from Florida and South Carolina. LSU had the top pick in the first round and the final pick of the round, which was Clyde Edwards-Helaire, selected by the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Here are the SEC picks in the first round from Thursday night:

1. Cincinnati — Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
4. NY Giants — Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
5. Miami — Tua Tagovaila, QB, Alabama
7. Carolina — Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
9. Jacksonville — CJ Henderson, Florida
10. Cleveland — Jedrick WIlls Jr., OT, Alabama
12. Las Vegas — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
14. San Francisco (from Indianapolis) — Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
15. Denver — Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
20. Jacksonville (from LA Rams) — K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU
22. Minnesota (from Buffalo) — Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
28. Baltimore — Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU
29. Tennessee — Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
30. Miami (from Green Bay) — Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
32. Kansas City — Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

Here are the first-round picks by conference

SEC — 15
Big Ten — 5
Big 12 — 5
ACC — 3
Pac 12 — 3
Mountain West — 1

The previous record for first-round selections by a conference was initially 12, set in 2006 by the ACC, and tied by the SEC in 2013 and again in 2017. The record of overall picks by one conference is 64, set by the SEC, which could break its own record over the next two days.

Alabama Jerry Jeudy
Jerry Jeudy #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates his first quarter touchdown reception against the Clemson Tigers the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Covid-19 crisis, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, forced the NFL to scrap its plan to hold its annual draft live in Las Vegas, but rather hold it virtually. Coaches, general managers, scouts and other personnel from all 32 teams were spread out around the country on their computers, analyzing data and submitting their picks.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced all of the first-round picks Thursday night from the basement of his New York home.