I assume that most of you will be watching the NFL Draft on Saturday. So, as a public service, here are some ACC and SEC Draft notes you can use to impress your friends during the broadcast. Thanks to Mike Finn of the ACC and Charles Bloom of the SEC for passing a lot of this stuff along.
So who is going to have the best draft, the ACC or the SEC? In the past five drafts the ACC has had 176 picks while the SEC has had 191. The ACC has had 31 first round picks (with a staggering 12 in 2006) while the SEC has had 37 first-round selections in those five drafts.
In four of the last five drafts the SEC has had the most picks but the ACC has almost always been a close second. The ACC blew everybody away with 51 total picks in 2006. Over the past five drafts the SEC and ACC are 1-2 in total selections.
Here is a quick look at how the six major conferences have fared in the last five NFL Drafts. After that will be some notes and charts you can use at your draft parties. See you Monday.
TOTAL SELECTIONS IN LAST FIVE NFL DRAFTS
ACC DRAFT NOTES
**–Over the past three years, the ACC has had 25 players taken in the first round of the draft, more than any other conference.
**–In that same three-year span, the ACC has had 115 players drafted, more than any other conference.
**–In the past three years, the first defensive player taken in the NFL Draft has been from the ACC: Mario Williams, N.C. State (2006), Gaines Adams, Clemson (2007), Chris Long, Virginia (2008). No other conference has done that.
**–Miami has had a player taken in the first round for 14 consecutive seasons. That streak is expected is expected to end on Saturday. The streak began when DT Warren Sapp was taken in the first round in 1995.
**–Miami has had at least one player taken in the draft for 34 consecutive seasons. Virginia and Florida State have had at least one player taken in the draft for 25 consecutive seasons.
**–Since 1993 Florida State has had 100 players taken in the NFL Draft. That’s more than any other school.
**–The most first round selections ever from the ACC was 12 in 2006.
SEC DRAFT NOTES
**–Since 1997, the SEC has had 465 players drafted, an average of 38 per year.
**–The SEC has either led or been tied for the lead in most draft selections in 9 of the past 11 years.
**–The most first round selections ever from the SEC was 11 in 2007.
**–Three times in the past 11 drafts the SEC has had double digits selections in the first round: 1998 (10); 2005 (10); 2007 (11). The ACC has done it once (2006). No other conference has had double-digit draft picks in that time span.
**–The SEC had four players selected in the first 10 picks of the 2008 Draft (Darren McFadden, Arkansas (4), Glenn Dorsey, LSU (5), Derrick Harvey, Florida (8) and Jerod Mayo, Tennessee (10)).
**–LSU has had a player taken in the first round for five consecutive drafts.
**–The SEC has 14 players who are leaving early for the NFL Draft led by Georgia QB Matthew Stafford, Florida WR Percy Harvin, Alabama OT Andre Smith, and LSU DT Ricky Jean-Francois.
**–If Georgia’s Matthew Stafford is taken No. 1 by Detroit, he will become the fourth Georgia player and the 16th in SEC history to be the top overall pick. Can you name the other 15? Glad you asked: JaMarcus Russell, LSU (2007); Eli Manning, Ole Miss (2004); Tim Couch, Kentucky (1999); Peyton Manning, Tennessee (1998); Aundray Bruce, Auburn (1988); Bo Jackson, Auburn (1986); Joe Namath, Alabama (1965, AFL); Tucker Frederickson, Auburn (1965, NFL); Billy Cannon, LSU (1960); Harry Babcock, Georgia (1953); Bill Wade, Vanderbilt (1952); Harry Gilmer, Alabama (1948); Charley Trippi, Georgia (1947); Frank Sinkwich, Georgia, (1943); George Cafego, Tennessee, (1940).
Want to compare conferences? Try these two charts
TOTAL DRAFT PICKS SINCE 1997
FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS SINCE 1993