For the 11th straight year, the SEC led all conferences in the number of NFL draft picks.
The league had 23 players taken during the final four rounds Saturday to increase its three-day total to 53. That's 11 more than the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC closed with a flurry, with 31 of its 42 drafted players taken on the last day.
The Pac-12 edged the Big Ten 36-35 in picks.
The Big 12 had only 14 players drafted, the fewest since the conference formed from the merger of the Southwest Conference and Big Eight in 1996. The Big 12 had 26 picks last year, and the previous low was 17 in 2014.
While Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his current team wrapped up their trip to Italy, the Wolverines set a school record with 11 players drafted. Nine came in the first four rounds, another program record.
Miami led the ACC's charge Saturday, when six of its eight players went. National champion Clemson finished with six draftees.
Utah, which had four offensive linemen drafted, led the Pac-12 with eight picks.
Ohio State, which led the nation with 12 players taken in 2016, had seven this year.
The 53 SEC picks were the third-most in conference history, behind only the 63 in 2013 and 54 in 2015.
"I think about the process when it comes to getting guys from high school, developing them and then putting them into the NFL," SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears said. "That's something [recruiters] tell a lot of these guys when they go into their homes: 'You come, you take care of school, do the right thing and develop as a player, and you'll have an opportunity to play on the next level.'"
"It's not a coincidence that these teams have been revered as the top programs when you talk about winning," Spears said. "The type of players they put on the field, it goes directly to the success."
The Cornhuskers had not had fewer than two players drafted since 1963. That was the longest streak in the nation.
This was the second straight year that Texas had only one player drafted.
Big Ten champion Penn State had its leanest draft since it had no players taken in 2005.