The Southeastern Conference had another profound impact on the NFL draft, matching the record for first-round selections by a league.
Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett was the top overall pick Thursday night in Philadelphia, leading a parade of 12 former SEC players selected in the first round. With Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster going 31st to the 49ers, the SEC equaled the Atlantic Coast Conference's 12 first-round selections in the 2006 draft, which the SEC matched in 2013.
Garrett entered Thursday widely expected to be picked first by the Cleveland Browns, who tabbed the 6-foot-4, 272-pounder who compiled 32.5 sacks in three seasons with the Aggies.
"He is very deserving and worthy of this honor," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said in a released statement, "and he has earned being the first Aggie to ever be drafted No. 1 overall in the NFL draft."
The Aggies had been close to producing the top overall pick, with outside linebacker Von Miller going No. 2 in the 2011 draft and offensive tackle Luke Joeckel going No. 2 in 2013.
Chicago moved from third to second in a trade with San Francisco and selected North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears traded away third- and fourth-round picks and a third-round pick next year to the 49ers, who used the third pick to select Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette became the second SEC player when he went fourth overall to Jacksonville. The 6-foot, 240-pounder became the third running back taken by the Jaguars in their 23-year history, joining James Stewart of Tennessee (19th in 1995) and Fred Taylor of Florida (ninth in 1998).
Fournette rushed for 3,830 yards in 32 career games with the Tigers, averaging 6.2 yards per carry.
"I'm ready to take it up to another level," Fournette said in an interview on the Jaguars website.
After the Tennessee Titans selected Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick, LSU produced another elite pick when safety Jamal Adams went sixth to the New York Jets. Adams is the son of former Kentucky running back George Adams, who was a first-round pick of the New York Giants in 1985.
"I know he's excited," Adams said of his father in a news conference. "It's crazy that he played for the Giants and now I'm a Jet. I know he's not afraid to tell the Giants fans he's part of the Jets family now.
"As we speak, I'm pretty sure he's bleeding green and white."
LSU would have a third player selected when cornerback Tre'Davious White went 27th to the Buffalo Bills.
Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett became the fourth SEC player taken when he was selected 14th by the Philadelphia Eagles. Barnett racked up 197 tackles, 52 tackles for loss and 33 sacks during his three seasons with the Volunteers, with his sack total breaking the school mark held by the late Reggie White, who played for the Eagles from 1985 to 1992.
The Vols had not produced a first-round pick since 2010.
Alabama did not impact the top half of the draft but had cornerback Marlon Humphrey go 16th to Baltimore, defensive end Jonathan Allen go 17th to Washington, and tight end O.J. Howard go 18th to Tampa Bay. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper had a mock draft in January that contained six Crimson Tide players projected for the first round, but offensive tackle Cam Robinson and outside linebacker Tim Williams were not among Thursday's 32 picks.
The SEC had a stretch of three consecutive picks when Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis went 21st to Detroit, Missouri defensive end Charles Harris went 22nd to Miami and Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram going 23rd to the New York Giants.
Tne Titans with their second pick and the Atlanta Falcons drafted defenders from the Pac-12: Southern California cornerback going to Tennessee at No. 18 and UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley at No. 26 for the Falcons.
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