Noting the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NFL Draft

April 22, 2010


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  • Since 2006, the ACC is the only conference to have had a player taken in the Top 10 of the NFL Draft in 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, NCS (1st), D’Brickashaw Ferguson, UVa. (4th), Vernon Davis, Md. (6th), Ernie Sims, FSU ((th).
    • 2007—Calvin Johnson, GT (2nd), Gaines Adams, Clem. (4th)
    • 2008—Chris Long, UVa (2nd), Matt Ryan, BC (3rd)
    • 2009—Aaron Curry, WF (4th), Darrius Heyward-Bey, Md. 7th), Eugene Monroe, UVa (8th), B.J. Raji, BC (9th)
  • Since 2006, the ACC is the only conference to have had a player taken in the Top 6 of the NFL Draft in every year and has more Top 6 selections (8) than any other conference. (SEC (7), Big Ten (5), Big 12 (2), Pac-10 (2))
  • Over the past four years, or since the 2007 NFL Draft, no other Conference has had more players drafted on the first round of the NFL Draft than has the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since becoming a 12-team league, the ACC has had 30 players taken on the first round of the draft. No other league has had more players chosen in the first round.
  • Over the past four years only one other conference has had more overall selections in the NFL Draft than the ACC and that by the slimmest of margins. In the four-year period, the ACC has 148 selections, the SEC 149.
  • Last year, the ACC became the only league in the nation with four of the top nine draft selections. It was the second time in four years for the Conference to record such a feat.
  • During the 2006, 2007 and 2008 NFL Drafts, the ACC became the first collegiate conference in the history of the NFL Draft to have two of the top four NFL selections in each of three consecutive years.
  • The ACC was also the first conference to have the first defensive player chosen in the NFL Draft for three consecutive years, having accomplished that in 2006 (Mario Williams, NC State), 2007 (the late Gaines Adams of Clemson) and 2008 (Chris Long, Virginia). The league came close to making it four straight in 2009, as Aaron Curry (Wake Forest) was taken 4th overall last year, one spot behind LSU’s Tyson Jackson.
  • The ACC set an NFL Draft record in 2006 for most first-round selections by a conference with 12 and the most overall selections in the draft with 51.
  • Miami enters the 2009 Draft having 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 in the NFL Draft 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 of this year.


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