No Gators, but nine SEC players taken in first round of NFL Draft
For the first time since 2006, the Florida Gators did not have a player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
The Gators weren't alone in the shutout. In fact, no players from Florida universities were selected on Thursday night, marking the first time since 1980 that no player from Florida, Florida State or Miami was selected in the first round.
However, the SEC continued its dominance in the draft with nine players selected in the first round. It is the sixth consecutive year, and eighth in the past 10 years that the SEC has had multiple selections in the top seven of the NFL Draft. The nine selections was third-highest for the league, behind 10 in 2011, and a record 11 in2007.
Of the top six selections in the past six NFL Drafts (36 selections total), 15 have come from the SEC. The league has had a top three pick in the NFL Draft in 10 of the past 15 seasons.
This is the second year in a row that the SEC has had six of the first 14 selections in the NFL Draft, and eight of nine from the SEC were defensive players.
During the last six NFL Drafts, the SEC has had 51 players taken in the first round, an average of 8.5 per season.
Here is the full list of SEC selections in the first round:
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama – 3rd to Cleveland Browns; Morris Claiborne, DB, LSU – 6th to Dallas Cowboys; Mark Barron, SAF, Alabama – 7th to Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Stephon Gilmore, DB, South Carolina – 10th to Buffalo Bills; Fletcher Cox, DL, Mississippi State – 12th to Philadelphia Eagles; Michael Brockers, DL, LSU – 14th to St. Louis Cardinals; Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama – 17th to Cincinnati Bengals; Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina – 18th to San Diego Chargers and Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama – 25th to New England Patriots.