While NFL fans debate who won the first round of the draft on Thursday, the University of Alabama appeared to be the real victor because of how many players were selected.
The Crimson Tide saw six of their players get drafted in the first round, tying a record.
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Jaylen Waddle went to the Miami Dolphins, DeVonta Smith went to the Philadelphia Eagles, Patrick Surtain II went to the Denver Broncos, Mac Jones went to the New England Patriots, Alex Leatherwood went to the Las Vegas Raiders and Najee Harris went to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Each Alabama player selected was coming off a national championship. Quarterback Jones led the offense that featured Smith, Waddle, Harris and Leatherwood. Surtain had the defense locked down. There are more Alabama players still in the draft pool. Defensive tackle Christian Barmore is expected to be selected on Day 2 of the draft.
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The SEC had 12 players in the first 32 picks Thursday night, including four wide receivers. Along with Waddle and Smith, LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase went to the Cincinnati Bengals and Florida’s Kadarius Toney went to the New York Giants.
The Big Ten had seven players picked in the first round and the ACC had six.
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The second and third rounds begin Friday night at 7 p.m. ET.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.