Saturday, April 27, 2013
Top stats to know: NFL Draft summary
By ESPN Stats & Information
The 2013 NFL Draft concluded Saturday night and now a great deal of analysis will begin on which teams fared best and worst.
But before you get to that, here are the most notable facts and figures we could find on this year's selections.
SEC: The dominant conference
Of the 254 picks, about one quarter (63), were drafted out of SEC schools. That’s eight more picks than any other conference in a single draft ever.
It’s the seventh straight draft the SEC has led all conferences in players selected.
The SEC had four more defensive players drafted than any conference had total players drafted.
LSU, Alabama, Florida and Georgia combined for 34 players drafted. No other conference had more than 31.
LSU had eight defensive players drafted (all in the first five rounds of the draft). Only Texas in 1984 had more defensive players taken in any draft.
The SEC had 32 more players drafted than the second-ranked conference (ACC). That is the biggest disparity in picks between the top two conferences in any draft.
The previous high was 19 when the Pac-10 had 55 picks and the Big Ten had 36.
But it was Florida State from the ACC that led all schools with 11 picks, the most in school history. Rutgers had the next-most among non-SEC schools with seven, more than any other school in the conference it will eventually join, the Big Ten.
You build it through the draft
Of the 254 picks in the 2013 draft, the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers each made 11, tied for the most by any team.
Those three franchises all reached the Divisional Playoffs in 2012.
The Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints, none of whom made the playoffs in 2012, each made just five picks, tied for the fewest of any team.
Quarterbacks not highly wanted
There were three quarterbacks drafted in the first three rounds, the fewest since 2000.
Four quarterbacks were drafted in the first 18 picks on Saturday and then none were taken until the seventh round, when four more were selected.
In all, 11 quarterbacks were drafted, the same total as last season.
A weekend for veteran movement too
Several accomplished veterans were traded during the 2013 draft.
Chris Ivory, who led the New Orleans Saints in rushing in 2010 and has a career average of 5.1 yards per rush, was dealt from the Saints to the New York Jets.
LeGarrette Blount, who rushed for 1,007 yards as a rookie in 2010, was acquired by the New England Patriots" target="_blank">New England Patriots.
Davone Bess, who has recorded at least 50 catches and 500 receiving yards in each of his five seasons, was traded to the Cleveland Browns" target="_blank">Cleveland Browns from the Miami Dolphins.
Undrafted doesn’t mean undesired
If a prospect wasn’t among the 254 players selected during the draft, he can now sign with a team as an undrafted free agent.
Thirteen players who entered the league as undrafted free agents made the Pro Bowl in 2012, and four undrafted free agents to enter the league in the Common Draft Era are enshrined in the Hall of Fame (John Randle, Warren Moon, Jim Langer, Larry Little).