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College Hotline: NFL Draft first round winners and losers

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A look at Day One from the college perspective, with a familiar name at the start …

Winner: SEC. With 12 first-round picks, the conference tied the record it already shares with the ACC.

Loser: Big 12. Just one first-round pick — same as the MAC, by the way — and that came from the traditional power known as Texas Tech. Err …

Winner: SEC. Since 2010, the conference has produced 77 first-rounders, according to Saturday Down South. That’s double to total of the No. 2 conference (ACC).

Loser: Group of Five. Only two of the 32 selections came from non-Power 5 schools: Western Michigan WR Corey Davis and Temple LB Haason Reddick.

Winner: Philadelphia. Big crowd, raucous evening, and boos for Roger Goodell every time he stepped on stage.

Losers: Mock drafts. They’re always futile (speaking from experience). But this year, the carnage was even worse — thanks to the Bears.

Winner: Offense. In a draft loaded with elite defensive prospects, seven of the top-10 picks play O.

Loser: Washington’s secondary. Neither Kevin King or Budda Baker was selected. Both should go in the second round, and let’s hope Sidney Jones — a lock for the first round before his Achilles injury — is a Day Two pick, as well.

Winners: Tight ends. Three were drafted in the first round: Alabama’s O.J. Howard, Mississippi’s Evan Engram and Miami’s Dave Njoku.

Losers: Offensive linemen. Only two were picked, and neither was Alabama’s Cam Robinson. (The two: Utah’s Garett Bolles at 20 and Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk at 32.) The 19-pick run without an OL selection was the longest in the draft’s common era, btw.

Winner: Pac-12. Produced six first rounders, its second-highest total of the decade

Loser: Pac-12: Six is half of 12. (And yes, the SEC rules on a picks-per-team basis, too.)

Winner: Players with family. Loved Bolles bringing his infant son on stage and UCLA LB Tak McKinley’s emotional tribute to his late grandmother.

Loser: Players with Deion. When the Hall of Famer came on screen, it was usually time for the mute button.

Winner: Alabama. Four players selected, but who would have guessed CB Marlon Humphreys would be the first off the board — at No. 16, no less.

Loser: Florida State. Zero first rounders (one less than Miami and Florida) for the first time since 2012.

Winner: Quarterbacks: Nobody’s ready to start Week One, but three were gone in the first 12 picks anyhow (Trubisky, Mahomes, Watson). The position is endlessly fascinating.

Losers: Texas, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Penn State and Georgia. Zero picks.

Winner: Bowl-game skippers. Leonard Fournette went fourth and Christian McCaffrey eighth. Seems like things worked out decently.

Loser: Future bowl games. If there are no tangible consequences (i.e., draft night slides), more players will skip second-tier games.

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