Miami leads ACC draft contingent


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


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

No. 16, Jets: DE Quinton Coples, UNC

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


No. 38, Jaguars: DE Andre Branch, Clemson

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

No. 52, Titans: OLB Zach Brown, UNC


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


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


No. 144, Bills: T Zebrie Sanders, FSU

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


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


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