What the NFL Draft told us about the state of each SEC Program

Mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan announces Ennis Rakestraw Jr., a cornerback from Missouri, as the
Mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan announces Ennis Rakestraw Jr., a cornerback from Missouri, as the / Eric Seals / USA TODAY NETWORK
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The Georgia Bulldogs continued their dominant run as one of the best programs in the sport with yet another massive draft class. Kirby Smart had eight players selected with two first-round selections on the offensive side of the football.

The Bulldogs will likely reload and once again contend for a National Championship in 2024. The team will return one of the best quarterbacks in Carson Beck with five-star talent all around him. Kirby Smart didn't need any help with his recruiting pitch but, he got some with this latest draft class.


While the Kentucky Wildcats didn't send any high-profile players into the NFL Draft, they certainly had a good weekend. The Wildcats didn't have any first-round selections however they sent four players into the draft two on each side of the football.

The Kentucky Wildcats almost lost one of the most underrated coaches as Texas A&M nearly hired Mark Stoops away from Kentucky. The Wildcats will continue to put talent into the NFL and be competitive as long as Stoops is at the helm and his resume continues to get stronger.


The 2024 NFL Draft was a massive success for Brian Kelly and the LSU Tigers. The Tigers had six players selected with three landing in the first round. At the biggest positions, Kelly had the most success with a quarterback selected second overall while two wide receivers landed in the first round.

The NFL Draft success of Brian Kelly mirrors his success on the recruiting trail as he's been able to land top playmakers such as Bryce Underwood, Harlem Berry, and Dakorien Moore. What was apparent with the LSU draft however was a lack of selections in the secondary as Kelly and his staff have failed to use LSU's "DBU" tag to their advantage.

Ole Miss

The Ole Miss rebels sent just three players into the NFL all of whom played on the defensive side of the football and all went on Day Three. While for most programs with the history of Ole Miss, this could be seen as a red flag however, this could be a sign of what's to come. After a school-record eleven-win season, the Rebels return a ton of talent and can be seen as National Title contenders heading into the year.