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Big Numbers: 10 SEC Players Nabbed In 1st Round

Five of the first six.  Seven of the first 15.  Ten of the first 32. 

When it comes to NFL draft first rounds, year-in and year-out about a third of the top talent in the land comes from the Southeastern Conference.  Last night, as noted above, was no exception.

Below are the SEC’s draft picks on the first night of the draft:

1.  Cam Newton, QB, Auburn — Carolina Panthers

No surprise with this one.  Newton was expected to be the draft’s top choice.  Let’s hope the Panthers are more patient with him than they were with last year’s QB pick, Jimmy Clausen.

Newton said he was blessed to land in Carolina.

In Charlotte, the Panthers got “an equalizer behind center.”  (Maybe, but they didn’t get the Equalizer.)

3.  Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama — Buffalo Bills

The Bills eschewed a quarterback in order to grab Bama’s big tackle.  Perhaps that’s because Buffalo ranked dead last against the run last year.

The folks in Buffalo say Dareus is the best defensive player the Bills have drafted since Bruce Smith.

4.  AJ Green, WR, Georgia — Cincinnati Bengals

It looks like the Bengals might have a ready-made replacement for Chad Ochocinco should they part ways with the temperamental veteran.  Now, will Green be enough to lure quarterback Carson Palmer back?

Green’s got talent, but folks there’s concern in Cincy about who’ll throw him the ball.

5.  Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU — Arizona Cardinals

Peterson will team with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in Arizona’s secondary.  If the NFL hadn’t changed its kick return rules it’s possible Peterson would have gone a slot or two higher.

The Cardinals wanted any one of five guys… Peterson was the last of the five left when they picked.

6.  Julio Jones, WR, Alabama — Atlanta Falcons (traded up from Browns)

The Falcons went all in to add Jones to their high-powered offense, giving up three picks this year and two more — including another first-rounder — next year.  That’s a lot to give up for a receiver who played through a number of injuries at Alabama.

Jeff Schultz of The AJC says the Falcons picked the right time to make a big splash.

13.  Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn — Detroit Lions

So Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh will play alongside one another on the same D-line?  Wow.  Here’s guessing QBs won’t look forward to facing the Lions anymore.

This Detroit writer says Fairley and Suh give Detroit “a genuine, undisputed strength.”

15.  Mike Pouncey, OG/C, FLoirda — Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins grabbed a versatile player who can start at three different spots on the offensive line.  Smart pick.

Pouncey might not be exciting, but The Miami Herald says he’s a safe pick.

25.  James Carpenter, OT, Alabama — Seattle Seahawks

Carpenter’s surprise selection might have helped draw the biggest laugh of the first round.  Nick Saban was caught on video with repeating Carpenter’s name with a “what the?” look on his face.

It was a shocking pick, but Seahawks brass seemed awfully secure in their selection.

28.  Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama — New Orleans Saints (traded up from Patriots)

The Saints now have two Heisman-winners in their backfield, sort of.  Reggie Bush had to give his back, of course.  Ingram landed in a great spot on a good team.  New Orleans traded away a second-rounder and next year’s first-rounder to get him.

Bush let it be known last night that he thinks he’s on his way out of The Big Easy.

32.  Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State — Green Bay Packers

So much for the Bulldogs 14-year drought in the NFL’s first round.  Talk about good landing spots.  Sherrod will begin his career with the reigning Super Bowl champs.

Sherrod looks to be the heir apparent at left tackle… destined to replace ex-SEC’er Chad Clifton.



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