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Miami leads ACC draft contingent

4/30/2012

Despite a 6-6 season in 2011, Miami led all ACC schools with six players getting selected during this past weekend's NFL draft. The ACC as a whole had 31 players selected, the third most among all conferences, behind the Big Ten (41) and, yes, the SEC (42).

NC State had five players taken, the second most among ACC schools. Neither the Hurricanes nor the Wolfpack had any players taken in the first two rounds. Duke and Maryland both had zero players drafted.

Luke Kuechly, as expected, got the ball rolling for the conference Thursday night, when the Panthers took the former Boston College inside linebacker ninth overall. I was a little surprised to see Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill, projected by many as a late first-rounder, fall all the way to the Jets at No. 43.

Here's a school-by-school breakdown of the draft, followed by a round-by-round breakdown:

Miami: 6

NC State: 5

Clemson: 4

FSU: 4

Wake Forest: 4

Virginia Tech: 3

UNC: 2

Georgia Tech: 1

Virginia: 1

Boston College: 1

FIRST ROUND

No. 9, Panthers: ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College

No. 16, Jets: DE Quinton Coples, UNC

No. 31, Giants: RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech

SECOND ROUND

No. 38, Jaguars: DE Andre Branch, Clemson

No. 43, Jets: WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech

No. 52, Titans: OLB Zach Brown, UNC

THIRD ROUND

No. 64, Colts: TE Dwayne Allen, Clemson

No. 69, Bills: WR TJ Graham, NC State

No. 72, Dolphins: DE Olivier Vernon, Miami

No. 86, Steelers: LB Sean Spence, Miami

No. 93, Bengals: DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson

No. 94, Giants: CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech

FOURTH ROUND

No. 96, Rams: WR Chris Givens, Wake Forest

No. 97, Dolphins: RB Lamar Miller, Miami

No. 100, Browns: WR Travis Benjamin, Miami

No. 105, Bills: OLB Nigel Bradham, FSU

No. 113, Cowboys: OLB Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest

No. 115, Titans: CB Coty Sensabaugh, Clemson

No. 117, 49ers: G Joe Looney, Wake Forest

FIFTH ROUND

No. 144, Bills: T Zebrie Sanders, FSU

No. 163, Packers: OLB Terrell Manning, NC State

SIXTH ROUND

No. 152, Cowboys: WR Danny Coale, Virginia Tech

No. 176, Jaguars: CB Mike Harris, FSU

No. 187, Jets: S Josh Bush, Wake Forest

No. 198, Ravens: WR Tommy Streeter, Miami

No. 200, Eagles: G Brandon Washington, Miami

SEVENTH ROUND

No. 210, Vikings: ILB Audie Cole, NC State

No. 225, Seahawks: DE JR Sweezy, NC State

No. 237, 49ers: DE Cam Johnson, Virginia

No. 239, Giants: DT Markus Kuhn, NC State

No. 241, Packers: T Andrew Datko, FSU