The LSU Tigers set an NFL Draft record by having 6 defensive players taken in the first 3 rounds of the draft. Yes, Tyrann Mathieu counts towards that number because the last school he played for was, you guessed it, LSU.
No. 6: Barkevious Mingo, Cleveland Browns
No. 18: Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers
No. 45: Kevin Minter, Arizona Cardinals
No. 67: Bennie Logan, Philadelphia Eagles
No. 69: Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals
No. 95: Sam Montgomery, Houston Texans
Through those picks, the Big 10 had only had 7 players taken TOTAL. Ouch.
Alabama, LSU, and Florida all had 9 players drafted, the most from any one school. Overall, the SEC finished with 63 players being drafted. That’s almost 25% of the total picks. Last year the SEC to Big 10 gap was 42-41 with the SEC having 42. This year … 63-22. Ouch again.
You don’t even have to compare the SEC total to the other major conferences, it can be broken down into SEC East and SEC West vs everyone else.
SEC East – 32
SEC West – 31
ACC – 31
Pac 12 – 28
Big 12 – 22
Big 10 – 22
Big East – 18
C-USA – 8
Mountain West – 8
MAC – 7
Sun Belt – 4
Or, LSU + Alabama + Florida + Georgia > every other conference.
Also, lets give the kid a chance. There were several other players taken ahead of Mathieu that had been arrested for stuff far worse than toking the ganja.