With seven straight BCS national championships, the Southeastern Conference proves it’s college football’s best league every January.
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
The affirmation comes in April at the NFL Draft.
The SEC had 63 players selected among the 256 choices. Two-time defending national champion Alabama and LSU led the way with nine each. The Chiefs selected Crimson Tide linebacker Nico Johnson to the Chiefs in the fourth round on Saturday. He was one of three SEC players selected by the Chiefs.
Georgia and Florida each had eight players selected, and South Carolina seven.
Mississippi was the only SEC team not to have a player drafted.
But a SEC team didn’t top the list of most players selected. Florida State, with 11, did.
The Seminoles’ conference, the Atlantic Coast, had 31 players selected, the Pac-12 was next with 28 and the Big 12 and Big Ten each had 22 taken. The Big 12’s total was the lowest in the league’s history, but it’s the second year as a 10-team conference.
Oklahoma led the Big 12 with six selections, and Kansas State had with three, including fullback Braden Wilson to the Chiefs in the sixth round.
Three players from the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association were selected, led by Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams in the third round.
On Saturday, Missouri Western defensive end David Bass went in the seven round to the Raiders and Northeastern State offensive tackle Michael Bowie went in the seventh round to the Seahawks.
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