Thursday, April 25, 2013
Did you know: ACC in NFL draft
By Andrea Adelson
Time to take a look at how the ACC has fared in the NFL draft, by the numbers. Special thanks to Mike Finn in the league office for the information.
- The ACC holds NFL draft records for most first-round selections (12) and most overall picks (51), both set in the 2006 draft.
- The ACC has had at least 31 players chosen in the draft in each of the past eight years, the second-longest streak of its kind nationally. Only the SEC has had a longer streak (15 drafts).
- Since 2005, the ACC has seen 281 of its players drafted. Only the SEC (315) has had more. During that time, the ACC has had more players drafted than the Big Ten (262), the Pac-12 (248), the Big 12 (230) and the Big East (133).
- Since 2006, the ACC has had nine wide receivers taken in the first or second round of the draft, a streak which could continue this year as Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins is projected as a first or second-round selection.
- Since 2006, or the year the ACC became a 12-team league, the ACC has had 19 defensive ends or outside linebackers chosen in the first or second round of the NFL draft, the most of any conference in the nation. The Big Ten is next with 13 followed by the SEC (10), the Pac-12 (6) and the Big 12 and Big East with six apiece. That number is sure to grow as Florida State defensive ends Tank Carradine and Bjoern Werner headline the group this year.
- Since 2006, 11 of the 12 current ACC schools have had a player taken in the first round. Florida State leads with the most first-round picks during that time with seven, followed by Boston College (5), Miami (5), Virginia (4) and North Carolina (4).
- Since 2005, the ACC has had 45 players taken in the first round of the draft, ranking second among all conferences. Only the SEC (65) has had more. The ACC has had more first round picks than the Big Ten (39), the Big 12 (40) and the Pac-12 (28) during that time.