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April 24, 2010
Greensboro, NC—For the sixth straight year, the Atlantic Coast Conference had over 30 of its players selected in the annual National Football league Draft which concluded Saturday afternoon, as 31 former ACC standouts were chosen by NFL teams.
Since 2005, the ACC and the Southeastern Conference are the only two leagues in the nation to have had 30 selections in the NFL Draft in each of the past six years.
In all, the ACC was third this year in draft picks. The SEC led all leagues with 49 followed by the Big Ten with 34, the ACC (31), The Big 12 (30), the Pac-10 (29), the Big East (18) and the Mountain West (13).
Atlantic Division champion Clemson (C.J. Spiller, Jacoby Ford, Ricky Sapp, Crezdon Butler, Kavell Connor) and Coastal Division runner-up Virginia Tech (Jason Worilds, Kam Chancellor, Ed Wang, Brent Bowden, Cody Grimm) led all ACC schools each with five players chosen in the draft.
ACC Champion Georgia Tech (Derrick Morgan, Demaryius Thomas, Morgan Burnett, Jonathan Dwyer) and Miami (Jimmy Graham, Darryl Sharpton, Jason Fox, Dedrick Epps) were next, each with four players chosen.
Florida State (Patrick Robinson, Myron Rolle, Dekoda Watson) had three players chosen in the Draft, followed by Maryland (Bruce Campbell, Nolan Carroll), North Carolina (E.J. Wilson, Cam Thomas), NC State (Ted Larsen, Willie Young) and Wake Forest (Brandon Ghee, Chris DeGeare) each with two players chosen.
Boston College (Matt Tennant) and Virginia (Chris Cook) each had one player chosen.
The ACC also kept up its streak of having at least one Top 10 selections in each of the past five years. Since 2006, the ACC is the only conference in the country to have had a Top 10 selection in each year. This year, Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, the ACC’s Player of the Year, was drafted 9th overall by the Buffalo Bills. The Conference has also had 34 first round draft picks since 2006, the second-most of any conference, trailing only the SEC (36).
Also since 2006, the ACC has seen 179 of its players drafted into the National Football League, the second highest total of any conference in the nation, trailing only the SEC (198). The Big Ten is third during this time with 162, followed by the Pac-10 (155), the Big 12 (143) and the Big East (91).
In all, 18 NFL teams selected players from the ACC. The World Champion New Orleans Saints (Patrick Robinson, FSU; Jimmy Graham, Miami; Matt Tennant, Boston College), the Pittsburgh Steelers (Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech; Crezdon Butler, Clemson; Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech and the Tampa Bay Bucs (Brent Bowden, Virginia Tech; Cody Grimm, Virginia Tech; Dekoda Watson, Florida State), each drafted three ACC players, the most of any NFL team.
|The ACC and the 2010 NFL Draft|
|No.||Name, School, Pos.||Rnd||Selection||Team|
|1.||C. J. Spiller, Clemson, RB||1st||9th||Bills|
|2.||Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech, DE||1st||16th||Titans|
|3.||Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech, WR||1st||22nd||Broncos|
|4.||Patrick Robinson, Florida State, CB||1st||32nd||Saints|
|5.||Chris Cook, Virginia, CB||2nd||34th||Vikings|
|6.||Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech, OLB||2nd||52nd||Steelers|
|7.||Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech, S||3rd||71st||Packers|
|8.||Jimmy Graham, Miami, TE||3rd||95th||Saints|
|9.||Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest, CB||3rd||96th||Bengals|
|10.||Darryl Sharpton, Miami, LB||4th||102nd||Texans|
|11.||Bruce Campbell, Maryland, T||4th||106th||Raiders|
|12.||Jacoby Ford, Clemson, WR||4th||108th||Raiders|
|13.||E.J. Wilson, North Carolina, DE||4th||127th||Seahawks|
|14.||Jason Fox, Miami, T||4th||128th||Lions|
|15.||Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech, FS||5th||133rd||Seahawks|
|16.||Ricky Sapp, Clemson, DE||5th||134th||Eagles|
|17.||Ed Wang, Virginia Tech, T||5th||140th||Bills|
|18.||Nolan Carroll, Maryland, CB||5th||145th||Dolphins|
|19.||Cam Thomas, North Carolina, DT||5th||146th||Chargers|
|20.||Matt Tennant, Boston College, C||5th||158th||Saints|
|21.||Chris DeGeare, Wake Forest, T||5th||161st||Vikings|
|22.||Crezdon Butler, Clemson, CB||5th||164th||Steelers|
|23.||Brent Bowden, Virginia Tech, P||6th||172nd||Bucs|
|24.||Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech, RB||6th||188th||Steelers|
|25.||Ted Larsen, NC State, OL||6th||205th||Patriots|
|26.||Myron Rolle, Florida State, SS||6th||207th||Titans|
|27.||Cody Grimm, Virginia tech, OLB-S||7th||210th||Bucs|
|28.||Willie Young, NC State, DE||7th||213th||Lions|
|29.||Dekoda Watson, Florida State, LB||7th||217th||Bucs|
|30.||Dedrick Epps, Miami, TE||7th||235th||Chargers|
|31.||Kavell Connor, Clemson, LB||7th||240th||Colts|