The NFL Draft is a reflection of college football, and every year conferences and schools are proud to see their talented players move on to the next level. 

Getting to boast about the number of draft picks is nothing new for the SEC, who led the way with the most first round picks on Thursday night (12), thanks to four players picked from Alabama (the most first rounders since 2012) and three players from LSU.

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The 12 first-round picks for the SEC matches the most by a single conference in the common draft era, matching the SEC in 2013 and ACC in 2006. 

2017 NFL Draft by conference

Graphic illustration by Michael Meredith

SEC: 12
Big Ten: 7
Pac-12: 6
ACC: 4
Big 12: 1
AAC: 1
MAC: 1

2017 NFL Draft by team

Alabama and LSU were joined by Ohio State to make up the group of usual suspects leading the way with top NFL Draft picks in the first round. Clemson, the College Football Playoff National Champions in January, saw quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver Mike Williams go early; it was joined by MichiganStanford and Wisconsin as teams to have multiple first round picks.    

Alabama: 4 
LSU: 3 
Ohio State: 3 
Clemson: 2
Michigan: 2
Stanford: 2
Wisconsin: 2
Florida: 1
Miami: 1
Missouri: 1
North Carolina: 1 
Ole Miss: 1
Temple: 1 
Tennessee: 1
Texas A&M: 1
Texas Tech: 1 
USC: 1 
Utah: 1
Washington: 1
Western Michigan: 1