The SEC was thanking Texas A&M for bringing Johnny Football into the conference in 2012, and the league will be thanking the Aggies for sending Luke Joeckel out of the SEC in 2013.
Expected by most to be drafted at the No. 1-overall spot by the Kansas City Chiefs, the massive offensive lineman is a big reason why the SEC looks primed to break the record for most players from one conference selected in the first round of the draft.
Any draft, ever — and the goal is (what else?) lucky number 13.
The most players selected in one year’s first round from one conference occurred in 2006, when 12 players from the ACC where chosen among the first 32 overall picks. The record for the most players chosen from the SEC is 11, set a year later in 2007.
According to ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft, the league should be sitting pretty at exactly 13 guys.
Here’s a rundown of the 13 potential first rounders, as well as where they are projected to be headed.
- No. 1 — Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (Chiefs)
- No. 3 — Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida (Raiders)
- No. 6 — Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (Browns)
- No. 9 — Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU (Jets)
- No. 10 — Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri (Titans)
- No. 11 — D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama (Chargers)
- No. 12 — Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama (Dolphins)
- No. 15 — Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia (Saints)
- No. 21 — Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (Bengals)
- No. 22 — Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (Rams)
- No. 25 — Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (Vikings)
- No. 31 — Matt Elam, S, Florida (49ers)
- No. 32 — Kevin Minter, LB, LSU (Ravens)