The 2023 NFL Draft picks have already started to create a buzz amongst the college football fraternity, and the second day of picks was dominated by college teams from the SEC and Big Ten conferences. Of all the schools that added to their impressive NFL draft records, none were as successful as the University of Alabama.
The Alabama Crimson Tide have long been known for producing some of the best NFL football players of all time, and the 2023 NFL Draft was no different. Some of the most exciting picks from Alabama included linebacker Christopher Allen, defensive end Phidarian Mathis, and defensive tackle DJ Dale. Alabama’s five picks on Day 2 were the most in the country, with Northwestern and Ohio State following closely behind with four picks each.
The Big Ten conference also played a significant role in the 2023 NFL Draft. Ohio State, in particular, continued its trend of producing elite talent year after year. The Buckeyes’ standout picks from Day 2 included linebacker Dallas Gant, cornerback Sevyn Banks, and defensive end Zach Harrison.
Another team that impressed on Day 2 was Northwestern. The Wildcats have certainly grown in recent years, and their NFL draft pedigree was on full display in 2023. They had four players selected in the second day of the draft, including offensive tackle Peter Skoronski and defensive end Adetomiwa Adebawore.
Overall, the 2023 NFL Draft has shown that the SEC and Big Ten conferences are still the go-to destinations for talented NFL draft picks. Alabama, Ohio State, and Northwestern have all represented their respective conferences well and are expected to make an impact in the NFL for years to come. The college football season is sure to bring more noteworthy talent; it will be exciting to see who shines and how high they’ll rise in the next NFL draft.