Led by Heisman Trophy quarterback Joe Burrow going No. 1 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals, LSU set the school record for the most first round draft picks in school history with five picked on Thursday night during the opening round of the NFL Draft.
Burrow was joined in the first round by linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson (No. 20 overall by the Jaguars), wide receiver Justin Jefferson (No. 22 overall by the Vikings), linebacker Patrick Queen (No. 28 overall by the Ravens) and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (No. 32 overall by the Chiefs).
The five first round picks were the most of any school in college football this year and just one shy of tying the all-time mark of six set by Miami 2004. LSU joins Ohio State in 2016 and 2006, Miami in 2002 and Southern Cal in 1968 as the only schools in college football history to have five players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
LSU’s five first round draft picks on Thursday night was as many as any other conference – The Big Ten and Big 12 also had five first round draft picks.
Fifteen players from the SEC heard their names called in the first round Thursday night, a record in the common draft era (since 1967), according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
That surpassed the previous record of 12 first-round picks from a single conference, achieved three times before by the ACC (2006) and SEC (2013 and 2017).
LSU and Alabama’s nine combined first-rounders were the most for any two schools from the same conference in the common draft era.
Six of the top 10 picks in Thursday’s first-round were from the SEC, with Florida cornerback CJ Henderson and Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. rounding out the top 10.
The New Orleans Saints have selected Michigan center Cesar Ruiz in the first round at No. 24 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 307-pounder from Camden, NJ was a third-team All-Big Ten pick as a sophomore and second-team all-conference selection in 2019, starting all 13 games.