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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Mississippi State

The Mississippi State Bulldogs had a rather quiet NFL Draft with three-day three selections all of which were players from the defensive side of the football. The Bulldogs had a rather lackluster year, and it was clear that Zach Arnett was the wrong coach to take over what Mike Leach was building.

The Bulldogs made an impressive hire hiring offensive guru Jeff Lebby from Oklahoma as their next head coach. The addition of Lebby will change Mississippi State's identity and likely their draft fortunes as well.


The Missouri Tigers skyrocket towards the top of the SEC continues as shown with the NFL Draft. The Tigers had six players selected with a player selected in rounds one through five. Missouri's draft was led by defensive players however, with five players taken on defense.

The Tigers are poised for another massive success of a season as they return serious talent on both sides of the football. Eli Drinkwitz will have one of the nation's top offenses led by potential future first-round picks Brady Cook and Luther Burden III. The team has added a massive transfer class and a great recruiting class setting them up to be National Championship contenders.


The Oklahoma Sooners had a promising season however, the draft results were a little underwhelming. Oklahoma had just three draft selections with only Tyler Guyton going in the first round.

The Sooners are making the transition into the SEC and they seemingly have the right man at the helm in Brent Venables. The Sooners went 10-3 in Venables' second season and now with his own players in place, the team will look to compete for the Playoffs. Rising sophomore Jackson Arnold will take the reigns at quarterback as the team looks to reach the heights they reached with Lincoln Riley.

South Carolina

Despite many of Shane Beamer's shortcomings thus far at South Carolina the Gamecocks had a solid draft weekend. Wide Receiver Xavier Leggette managed to find his way into the first round despite four years of lackluster experience. Beamer also managed three other draft selections including Spencer Rattler who was the storyline of Day Three.

After this past season where the Gamecocks went 5-7, Shane Beamer will certainly need to turn this program back in the right direction. The Gamecocks have brought in a nice transfer class alongside a great freshmen class.