The Latest: SEC, Alabama dominate first round of NFL draft

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FILE - Penn State defensive end Jayson Oweh warms up before an NCAA college football game against Ohio State in State College, Pa., in this Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, file photo. Oweh is a possible first round pick in the NFL Draft, April 29-May 1, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File)

The latest on the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. (all times EDT):


12:25 a.m.

The first round of the NFL draft was dominated by the Southeastern Conference and national champion Alabama.

The SEC had 12 players taken in the first 32 picks, almost the same number as the next two conferences (Big Ten, 7 and ACC, 6) combined.

The Crimson Tide matched a record with six first-rounders, including Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith at No. 10 to Philadelphia.

Smith was among four SEC receivers who went in the first round, including teammate Jaylen Waddle (No. 6 to Miami), LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase (No. 5 to Cincinnati) and Florida’s Kadarius Toney of Florida (No. 20 to the New York Giants).

The Pac-12 had three players taken in the first round and the Big 12 was the only Power Five conference to not have a first-rounder.