2017 NFL Draft: Ranking The Conferences After Three Rounds

2017 NFL Draft: Ranking The Conferences After Three Rounds

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2017 NFL Draft: Ranking The Conferences After Three Rounds

2017 NFL Draft: Which Conference Won The First Three Rounds?


Which college football conference won the first three rounds?


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It’s what the fans love to brag about – whose conference was better? Whose league sent the most players to the NFL in the first three rounds – the ones that actually matter – and who were the most and least impressive?

Ranking all the conferences by the most players taken in the top three rounds to the least, who won the early part of the 2017 NFL Draft?

2017 NFL Draft First Three Round Conference Winners & Rankings: Total Players Taken

11. Mountain West: 0

The league will be well-represented throughout Saturday, and it’ll almost certainly take center stage next year when Wyoming QB Josh Allen goes in the top five.

Team Winner: None

10. Independents: 1

Of course there won’t be any players taken early from Army, but BYU needs to start getting a few players to trickle in – a few will go in Day Two. The Irish have the lone player gone in DeShone Kizer, but he slid way, way too far.

Team Winner: Notre Dame

9: Sun Belt: 2

South Alabama TE Gerald Everett went to the Rams in the second round, and Troy OT Antonio Garcia was taken in the third by New England. They both need to turn into starters right away.

Team Winner: South Alabama

T7. MAC: 5

The stars went around where they were supposed to. Western Michigan made the biggest splash, with Tennessee taking Bronco WR Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick, while OT Taylor Moton went late in the second round to be a starter up front for Carolina. However, watch out for Toledo RB Kareem Hunt – he might turn into the biggest instant-impact MAC performer.

Team Winner: Western Michigan

T7. Big 12: 5

This is flat-out embarrassing. Things should be better in next year’s draft, but Texas Tech QB was the only first rounder – going to Kansas City – while Joe Mixon was the only Sooner to go in the first three rounds. Things aren’t going to get that much better in the later rounds.

Team Winner: Texas Tech

T5. Conference USA: 6

The league saw five players get selected in the third round, with WKU OG Forrest Lamp going in the second – probably several spots after he should’ve – to the Chargers. The Tennessee Titans gave Marcus Mariota two Conference-USAers – taking FIU TE Jonnu Smith and WKU WR Taywon Taylor in the third. Charlotte DT Larry Ogunjobi should be a stud for the Browns.

Team Winner: Western Kentucky

T5. American Athletic: 6

Buffalo took two from the league, hitting the jackpot with great value picks in Temple OG Dion Dawkins and East Carolina WR Zay Jones in the second. Arizona invested heavily in Temple pass rushing star Haason Reddick with the 13th overall pick, while the Raiders were the Raiders – they always go after the superfreak athletes – taking UConn S Obi Melifonwu – in with the 56th overall pick.

Team Winner: Temple

4. ACC: 11

Three Clemson Tigers were taken, highlighted by Houston’s big move to get QB Deshaun Watson with the 12th overall pick, while Mike Williams was the second receiver taken, going to the Chargers at the seven.

However, the biggest story was North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky, who went second overall to Chicago after a controversial trade.

It seems like there should be more, but the Florida State stars should come flying off the board in next year’s draft. Only two Seminoles – DE DeMarcus Walker to Denver, and RB Dalvin Cook to Minnesota – were taken, and neither one went in the first round.

Team Winner: Clemson

3. Pac-12: 16

There weren’t a slew of Pac-12 talents taken up top – except for Stanford.

RB Christian McCaffrey went with the eighth overall pick to Carolina, while DE Solomon Thomas was taken at the three by San Francisco.

The Pac-12 South sprayed around talent to the big league, with three UCLA Bruins going, and two taken from USC, Colorado and Utah.

The Biggest winner was Washington – hardly a surprise after the special season with a trip to the College Football Playoff. WR John Ross went with the ninth overall pick to Cincinnati, while three defensive backs – safety Budda Baker to Arizona and corners Kevin King to Green Bay and Sidney Jones to Philadelphia – all going in the second round.

Team Winner: Washington

2. Big Ten: 19

It wasn’t a bad first few days with seven players going in the first round, starting with Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore taken 11th by New Orleans, and Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk the last player selected on Thursday, also going to the Saints.

There wasn’t the massive influx of Ohio State talent like there was last season, but six were taken in the top 70. Three Buckeye defensive backs went in the first round – including controversial CB Gareon Conley going to the Raiders.

Six Buckeyes in all were selected to go along with six from Michigan, with Wolverines S Jabrill Peppers and DE Taco Charlton going in the first round.

Big Ten champion Penn State will crank up several prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft, but this year, it only had one player – WR Chris Godwin to Tampa Bay in the third round – go off the board early.

Team Winner: Ohio State

1. SEC: 30

The SEC started off the fun with Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett going first overall to Cleveland, and it ended the first three rounds with LSU LB Kendall Beckwith going at the end of the third round to Tampa Bay.

30 of the 107 players taken in the first three rounds were from the SEC – so why wasn’t the conference better last year overall?

Alabama more than held up its end of the bargain with nine stars going from the team that just missed winning a second-straight national title. How great was last year’s defense? Six starters were taken in the top 78 picks. While DE Jonathan Allen, LB Reuben Foster and OT Cam Robinson all fell further than expected, but they all still went within the first 34 picks.

In all, more than a third of the first round was full of SEC players, including three of the top six, helped by two from LSU.

The Crimson Tide might have owned the first round, but LSU had RB Leonard Fournette for fourth to Jacksonville, S Jamal Adams went sixth to the Jets, and CB Tre’Davious White went 27th to Buffalo.

Team Winner: Alabama

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