Saturday, May 10, 2014
Top stats from the 2014 NFL draft
By ESPN Stats & Information
The 2014 NFL draft spanned three days, seven rounds and 256 picks. The Houston Texans started the draft by selecting Jadeveon Clowney and ended it by selecting safety Lonnie Ballentine from Memphis.
A lot happened in between, and ESPN Stats & Info is here to break down the biggest notes, stats and trends from the draft.
• The Texans bookended a draft that featured no players selected from the University of Texas. It was the first time since 1937 that a Longhorns player wasn’t selected in the draft.
• Among schools with players selected this year: Lindenwood, Pittsburg State, Bloomsburg (Pa.), McGill, Concordia University (St. Paul) and Saginaw Valley (Mich.).
Clowney was the first defensive player selected first overall since Mario Williams in 2006, who was also taken by the Texans.
• Clowney was the first selection in 2014 from the SEC, but he wasn’t the last. For the eighth straight year, the SEC had the most players selected in the draft (49). Next highest was the ACC with 42 selections.
• The SEC also dominated the first round. The SEC had 11 selections in the first round, more than twice the next highest conference (ACC, five).
• A pair of those first-round selections were Alabama's C.J. Mosley and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. With the picks, Alabama became the first school in the common draft era to have multiple first-round picks in five straight drafts.
• LSU had more players selected than any other school (nine). Alabama was tied for the second-most selections with Notre Dame (eight). No other SEC school had more than four picks.
• For the second straight year, LSU had the most early entrants selected. Six of the nine selections this year were early entrants after eight went last season.
• All in all, a record 61 selections this year were early entrants (previous high was 53 in 2013). However, 41 early entrants weren’t selected at all.
• Cornerbacks were the most sought-after position in the 2014 draft with 36 were taken. Not surprisingly, the next-most drafted position was wide receiver (33).
• Running backs continued to be ignored in the first round as none were selected for the second straight year. Every other draft in the common draft era (since 1967) featured a running back selected in the first round.
• The first running back didn’t come off the board until pick No. 54 (Bishop Sankey, Titans). That’s the latest the first running back has ever been picked.
• No teams were more active in this draft than the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets. Each team made 12 selections.
• No team was as inactive as the Indianapolis Colts, which made five picks over three days. The Colts traded their first-rounder this year for running back Trent Richardson.
• The St. Louis Rams were active in keeping teammates together. Six teams drafted a set of teammates, but the Rams did it twice. St. Louis selected Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Tre Mason and Missouri’s E.J. Gaines and Michael Sam.
• Although they play in Missouri, the Rams selected twice as many University of Missouri players than they had since relocating to St. Louis in 1995.