One of the curiosities of the first day of the 2014 NFL Draft was that Texas A&M led the conference in first-round draft picks with three, ahead of traditional powerhouses Alabama and LSU. Some of that has to do with which players were eligible to enter the draft this season, but it was still something a bit odd.
LSU, for its part, roared back with a vengeance in the second day of selections. The Tigers saw four players chosen on Friday -- more than any other conference school has in the first three rounds combined -- to put itself into the lead in the conference and a tie for the most draft picks in the country going into the late rounds. And because players from the first three rounds generally make their NFL teams, we're talking about pro-caliber talent here.
A distant second among SEC teams on Friday was Missouri, which saw two players named. (Including Kony Ealy, who ESPN's Trey Wingo stressed was not Michael Sam, in case you were mistaken for some reason.)
The only teams not to have someone selected as this point are Kentucky (no giant surprise there) and Georgia(!). The latter will almost certainly change on Saturday, and there are some chances for Kentucky to get on the board as well.
Overall, the SEC saw 12 players selected in the second and third rounds -- which covered 68 picks -- after a slow start in the second round. It wasn't until Jordan Matthews came off the board with the 42nd pick that the SEC had a second-rounder. Six more players would go in the second round, and the conference had five third-rounders. The Big Ten also had a dozen players selected on Friday. But the SEC remains ahead of the pack with 23 of the 100 selections so far.
One thing that didn't change from the first round: The majority of picks from the SEC continue to be on the offensive side of the ball. In fact, the gap widened significantly on Friday, with 10 of the players selected coming from the offense. In all, 16 of the 23 picks from the supposedly defense-happy SEC have come from the side of the ball that tries to score, and there are still some imminently draftable offensive players out there.
The final four rounds of the draft begin at noon ET Saturday and are expected to be done by around 8 p.m. ET or so.
|SEC Second- and Third-Round Draft Picks|
|42||Jordan Matthews||WR||Vanderbilt Commodores||Philadelphia Eagles|
|44||Cyrus Kouandjio||OT||Alabama Crimson Tide||Buffalo Bills|
|51||Ego Ferguson||DT||LSU Tigers||Chicago Bears|
|55||Jeremy Hill||RB||LSU Tigers||Cincinnati Bengals|
|60||Kony Ealy||DE||Missouri Tigers||Carolina Panthers|
|63||Jarvis Landry||WR||LSU Tigers||Miami Dolphins|
|64||Justin Britt||OT||Missouri Tigers||Seattle Seahawks|
|75||Tre Mason||RB||Auburn Tigers||St. Louis Rams|
|76||Travis Swanson||C||Arkansas Razorbacks||Detroit Lions|
|81||Gabe Jackson||OG||Mississippi State Bulldogs||Oakland Raiders|
|90||Donte Moncrief||WR||Ole Miss Rebels||Indianapolis Colts|
|92||Trai Turner||OG||LSU Tigers||Carolina Panthers|