SEC breaks its own record for first-round NFL draft picks with 15, led by LSU and Alabama

The Southeastern Conference once again dominated the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night — this time, more than ever before.

With 15 selections, including No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow, the SEC broke its previous record for first-round draft picks. The conference had 12 first-rounders in both 2013 and 2017.

"I think we’re all aware of that and aware that’s not going to stop anytime soon in terms of how strong the conference is," Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said before the draft, according to The Associated Press.

LSU, the reigning national champions, led the way with five first-rounders, including the first and last picks of the round in Burrow and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Alabama, meanwhile, had four players selected — all in the top 15.

Auburn and Georgia each had two first-round selections, while Florida and South Carolina had one apiece.

All told, SEC players accounted for 46% of those selected in the first round Thursday night. No other conference had more than five first-rounders. And the SEC had six of the top 10 picks among four schools: LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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