SEC Dominates NFL Draft Day 2

David Fernandez
A freelance writer with more than 10 years experience, David is based in sunny Miami, FL. He holds a master's degree in English and Creative Writing, and teaches Journalism. As a freelance writer, David concentrates on sports, health, education and entertainment.

The 2020 NFL Draft continued on Friday night, with rounds two and three unfollowing virtually for all fans to follow. NFL Commissioner revealed prior to the start of the evening that the Draft-A-Thon raised a whopping $85 million for Covid-19 relief efforts. So here’s a quick draft Day 2 roundup. 

Round 1 of the NFL Draft was the most watched night of the draft.

SEC Dominance

The SEC continued to rewrite the draft record books as NFL teams pilfered their players throughout the Draft Day 2. 

  • Through the first three rounds of the draft, the Tigers and Crimson Tide combined for 19 total picks, and the SEC dominated the third round with a total of 15 picks Friday night.
  • The SEC finished the first three rounds with 40 selections. That tied the record for the most selections by a conference through the first FOUR ROUNDS, set by the SEC in 2013 (40).
  • 40% of the players that have been selected have come from the SEC; 20 of the first 50 picks in the draft.
  • This is the first time LSU has ever had 10 players selected in a single NFL Draft. They tied the record for most picks in the first three rounds. (Ohio State set the record with 10 players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.)
  • 13 of the 14 SEC schools have had a player selected.
  • SEC is now in a position to make a run for a new record for most draft picks in a single draft. The current record is 64, and it was set by the SEC last year. The SEC needs just 24 more players in the last four rounds to tie the record.

Draft Day 2: Picks

The Cincinnati Bengals opened the second round by landing top pick Joe Burrow a major weapon with the selection of Clemson WR Tee Higgins. Burrow and Higgins last played versus each other in the National Championship game. Higgins has an AJ Green-like ceiling as a prospect. 

The Indianapolis Colts have made seven second round picks between 2018 and 2019. In 2020, the Colts landed USC WR Michael Pittman (34) and Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor (41) as weapons for new quarterback Philip Rivers. Taylor is the only player in NCAA history to ever eclipse 6,000 rushing yards in less than four seasons. 

The New England Patriots didn’t make a first-round pick, but they were incredibly active during Draft Day 2. New England took Lenoir-Rhyne S Kyle Dugger (37), then traded up for Michigan LB Josh Uche (60). They selected Alabama LB Anfernee Jennings (87), UCLA TE Devin Asiasi (91) and again traded up to nab Virginia Tech TE Dalton Keene (101). 

Patriot’s head coach Bill Belichick set up in his Nantucket home, and some wondered if his dog made the tight end selections.

The Carolina Panthers continued to reshape their defense. New head coach inherits a group that finished 31st in the league in scoring defense in 2019, but the team has made great strides to address this weakness. In the first round, they took Auburn DT Derrick Brown. During Draft Day 2, the Panthers added Penn St Edge Yetur Gross-Matos (38) and Southern Illinois S Jeremy Chinn (64).

The Miami Dolphins got more help for first-round QB Tua Tagovailoa, selecting G Robert Hunt from Louisiana at No. 39. Hunt joins first-round OT Austin Jackson on the offensive line. The Dolphins also addressed the defensive line with their fifth pick of the draft (No. 56 overall) by taking Alabama DT Raekwon Davis. The team added a potential special teams player in Texas S Brandon Jones (No. 70).

Draft Day 2: Head Scratchers

The Green Bay Packers had the opportunity to bring in weapons for incumbent quarterback Aaron Rodgers during Draft Day 2. Instead, however, they elected to select Boston College RB AJ Dillon (No. 63 overall) and Cincinnati TE Josiah Deguara (No. 94). The Packers still have not taken a WR, despite seeing 54% of WR snaps in 2019 coming from undrafted receivers. 

The Las Vegas Raiders continued their personal run on wide receivers with the selections of Kentucky RB/WR/QB Lynn Bowden (No. 80 overall) and South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards (No. 81). They join first-round WR Henry Ruggs III. The Raiders also added to their Clemson stable by choosing LB Tanner Muse (No. 100).

The Philadelphia Eagles left their fans scratching their heads again when they took Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts No. 53 overall. The Eagles signed incumbent QB Carson Wentz to a huge contract extension recently. The team, though, as had success with backup quarterbacks, especially Michael Vick and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. 

Draft Day 2: Tidbits

  • Over the years, there have been 20 Pro Football Hall of Famers drafted in the second round. 11 Hall of Famers have come from the third round.
  • The 13 WRs selected through two rounds makes it the most ever.
  • Cole Kmet became the 11th Notre Dame tight end drafted in the first two rounds.
  • For the ninth time in the last 10 years, the SEC once again led the nation in First Round NFL Draft selections, as the league produced a record 15 opening-round draft picks.

 

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