Well, the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is in the books. Another record showing for the SEC, with 12 of the 32 players chosen on the first day of the draft hailing from schools that currently play in the conference that’s won the past seven consecutive BCS national football titles.
In fact, the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings doubled their pleasure on SEC talent on day one in an effort to double their fun in the near future. The Jets took cornerback Dee Milliner out of Alabama with the ninth pick and Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Williams four picks later at 13; while the Vikings took two guys who, if nothing else can be defined as spellcheck nightmares: former UF defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd at 23 followed by wideout Cordarrelle Patterson out of Tennessee at 29.
LSU defensive end Bakevious Mingo became the first Louisiana prospect be taken in the 78th NFL Draft, sixth overall by the Cleveland Browns. Mingo is the sixth top six pick from LSU in the last seven years; following Morris Claiborne (#6, 2012), Patrick Peterson (#5, 2011), Tyson Jackson (#3, 2006), Glenn Dorsey (#5, 2008), and arguably the biggest bust in NFL draft history, JaMarcus Russell (#1, 2007).
Thirteen-year-old St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital bone cancer patient Markell Gregoire and lifelong Saints fan was called upon to announce the New Orleans Saints’ 15th pick, Kenny Vaccaro, a highly touted safety out of the University of Texas- Austin. What a classy move by the Saints!
The only other Louisiana prospect to go in the first round besides Mingo was fellow LSU Tiger Eric Reid, selected at 18 by the defending NFL Champion San Francisco 49ers. To get Reed, the 49ers were willing to give up the 31st pick in the first round to the Dallas Cowboys (Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin) and the team’s 74th overall in the third round.