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Kentucky having 6 players drafted helps SEC break NFL Draft record

Kentucky football continues to reach new heights.

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Now that the 2021 NFL Draft has come to a close, the Kentucky Wildcats and Mark Stoops can say that they had a very successful draft. The Wildcats had six players drafted, which is tied for the second most in program history and is the most of the Mark Stoops era, beating out the 2019 draft class, which sent five players to the league.

Kentucky finished tied for 8th place in the nation among schools who sent players to the draft, and also finished 5th overall in the SEC.

Only Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida, and LSU had more players taken. Kentucky was tied with Penn State and Pittsburgh.

Kentucky also had more players drafted than Clemson, Oregon, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas, Miami, Florida State, Texas A&M, Auburn, among many others.

Throughout the past three seasons, Kentucky has had 13 players drafted, good enough for top-15 in the nation during that time span. That also includes two first-round draft picks in Josh Allen and Jamin Davis, two linebackers that were under-recruited and developed into stars.

Alongside of having a fantastic draft night, Kentucky also helped the SEC break a new record for players drafted. Highlighted by Alabama’s six first-rounders, the SEC had a total of 65 players taken in this years draft. That broke the 2019 record of 64.

The SEC had six of the first 12 picks and 12 first-rounders.

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