Thursday, April 22, 2010
ACC and the NFL draft
By ESPN.com staff
A few feel-good facts for you about the ACC and the NFL, thanks to the league office in Greensboro:
- Since 2006, the ACC is the only conference to have had a player taken in the top 10 of the NFL draft every year and has had more overall top 10 draft selections (12) than any other conference: SEC (10), Big Ten (7,) Big 12 (5), Pac-10 (5), Big East (1):
2006 -- Mario Williams, NC State (1st), D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia (4th), Vernon Davis, Maryland (6th), Ernie Sims, FSU.
2007 -- Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech (2nd), Gaines Adams, Clemson (4th)
2008 -- Chris Long, Virginia (2nd), Matt Ryan, Boston College (3rd)
2009 -- Aaron Curry, Wake Forest (4th), Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland (7th), Eugene Monroe, Virginia (8th), B.J. Raji, BC (9th)
- Since 2006, the ACC is the only conference to have had a player taken in the top six of the NFL draft every year and has more top six selections (8) than any other conference. (SEC, 7; Big Ten, 5; Big 12, 2; Pac-10, 2).
- Over the past four years, no other conference has had more players drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. Since becoming a 12-team league, the ACC has had 30 players taken in the first round. No other league has had more players chosen in the first round.
- Miami has had 60 of its former players taken in the first round of the NFL draft. That is the second highest total of any school, trailing only Southern California (69). The Hurricanes have had 295 players chosen overall.
- Miami also enters this year’s draft having had a player chosen for 35 consecutive years. The streak began in 1974.
- Of the 33 ACC players selected in the 2009 NFL draft, all are still on an NFL roster as of April 16.