In what was arguably the least surprising move of the night, the Cleveland Browns selected Texas A&M standout defensive Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL draft. The All-American Garrett became the first Aggie to be drafted first overall.
He was the first SEC player to be drafted at No. 1 since South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney went first to the Houston Texans in 2014. He was also the eighth No. 1 pick from the SEC since 1998 and only the second non-quarterback from the league to be taken first during that span.
There was talk that the Browns might be interested in diverting from the original plan and going with North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, but cooler heads prevailed, as Garrett, who amassed 32.5 sacks. Luckily for Trubisky, he didn't have to wait too long to hear his name, considering the Chicago Bears traded the farm to the San Francisco 49ers to move up a spot to get him.
Despite a lull just before the middle part of the draft, the SEC tied the record for a conference with 12 first-round draft picks.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette, the one-time projected No. 1 pick, went fourth to the Jacksonville Jaguars, while LSU safety Jamal Adams heard his name called by the New York Jets at the sixth pick. After watching three players drafted in the first six picks, the SEC didn't see another one until Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett went 14th to the Philadelphia Eagles. Barnett became the first Tennessee player to be drafted in any round since 2014.
Then, the SEC onslaught began.
Two picks later, Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey went 16th to the Baltimore Ravens. Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen went 17th to Washington. Two picks later, Alabama tight end O.J. Howard went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
There were a few surprises with this flurry. For one, an Alabama player didn't get drafted until Humphrey. While it marked the second straight season an Alabama player didn't go inside the top-15 picks, Allen and Howard both entered the day as projected top-10 picks. At one point, Allen was thought to the be best overall player in the draft.
With the 21st pick, the Detroit Lions took Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, the Miami Dolphins then took Missouri defensive end Charles Harris and the New York Giants took Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram. LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White went to the Buffalo Bills at No. 27 and the SEC closed out the first night of the draft with Reuben Foster going 31st to the 49ers. Foster is a top-10 talent who saw his stock plummet after testing positive at the combine for a diluted urine sample.
At the end of the night, six SEC schools were represented and even after a slow start, Alabama finished the night with a conference-high four picks, while LSU was second with three.