Which conference won the first two days of the 2016 NFL Draft? How did each league do in the money rounds?
It wasn’t just all Ohio State and its record nine players drafted in the first three rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft that made the Big Ten the big conference winner – the rest of the league came through in a big way, too.
Okay, tOSU had a little to do with it.
The Big Ten had the most players drafted over the first two days with 23, after that it was the SEC (22), ACC (14), Big 12 and Pac-12 tied (9), Independents thanks to Notre Dame (7), Mountain West (5), American Athletic and Conference USA (2), and the MAC and Sun Belt didn’t have anyone selected.
The SEC got a ton of help from Ole Miss in the first round with Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche taken, and in all, seven schools were represented with players going in the money spots – no soup for Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
But considering the SEC destroys all the other conferences combined in terms of recruiting rankings year after year after year, to lose by even one player to another league is galling.
Ten Big Ten schools had players drafted, with Northwestern, Purdue, Minnesota and, shockingly, Wisconsin, the ones left out. So even though Ohio State did the heavy lifting, there’s a lot for Nebraska, Michigan State and Penn State to chirp about, Maryland had two players selected, and even Indiana and Rutgers got in on the fun.
Even so, it was Ohio State’s draft, and even though Alabama was just fine with seven players taken in the first three rounds, six of them came on Day Two. The Buckeyes cranked it up with five taken in the first 20, and that’s a really, really big deal on the recruiting trail.
Urban Meyer can win that battle over Nick Saban at the immediate moment, and the Big Ten can call itself the high-end, top three round draft champion of 2016.