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May
02
2015

Led By Florida State and Louisville, the ACC has another strong NFL draft with 47 NFL picks.

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Credit to the SEC they are still producing the most NFL draft picks as a conference, but they can’t claim the top NFL draft pick producing teams. That honor goes to Florida State who had 11 NFL picks. Right behind the Seminoles were the Louisville Cardinals that had 10 NFL drafts. FSU and Louisville finished 1 and 2 in most draft picks per team. The ACC also tied the Pac 12 with the most first round picks with 9.

Overall this was an excellent NFL draft for the ACC. Florida State is producing NFL talent at an astonishing rate, and that should continue. They ACC has always produced NFL players, but it wasn’t until the last 3 years that the results started showing with the on the field big time wins. No the ACC isn’t college football’s top conference, but they are squarely in the mix as a competitive one.

If any conference may need to be concerned it is the Big 12. Their lack of teams produced the lowest number of NFL picks. Even with a per team average they finished at the bottom with 2.5 picks per team. That was tied for the worst of any of the power 5 conference along with the Big 10. The Big 10 may have Ohio State and Michigan State, but there has been a talent drain overall in that conference, that’s been evident for years.

To go along with with Power 5 conference’s worst bowl season, the Big 12 can’t be happy about their football results at the moment.

Here is the ACC’s official release on their fine NFL draft sent from site contributor @HokieSmash

ACC Has 47 Players Selected in the 2015 NFL Draft

Total is the Second-Highest in League History;

Second Straight Year for ACC With 40 or more Draftees;

ACC Has had 89 Players Chosen in the Last Two Drafts

Florida State (11) and Louisville (10) Lead All Schools Nationally

            GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference finished up the 2015 National Football League draft in strong fashion, having a total of 47 players taken in the three-day event, the second-highest total in league history. The ACC had 51 picks in the 2005 Draft.

               Florida State led all schools nationally with 11 players drafted. It marked the second time in three years the Seminoles have had the most draftees. FSU set an NFL Draft record for a seven-round draft (since 1994) with 29 players taken in the last three drafts. The Seminoles had 11 players chosen in 2013, seven last year and 11 this year. The previous high was 28 originally set by Miami during the 21002-04 drafts and tied by Southern California in the 2008-10 drafts.

            First-year ACC member Louisville also had a strong presence at the draft, as the Cardinals had a school-record 10 players chosen in the draft, the second highest total of any school nationally only to Florida State. Louisville’s previous all-time high was five, set in 2008. The Cardinals have had 14 players taken in the past two NFL Drafts, their highest two-year total ever. Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker became the first Cardinal wide receiver selected in the first round, being taken 14th overall.

            Louisville’s final pick was also the 256th and final selection of the Draft and earned the title of “Mr. Irrelevant” of the NFL Draft for tight end Gerald Christian.

            The selection of Christian as the final pick in the draft on Saturday meant the ACC had the first and last selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, as Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was the first player chosen on Thursday.

            The ACC, which tied for the highest number of first-round selections with nine on Thursday night, had a total of 47 players drafted. That’s the second-highest total for a conference in this year’s NFL Draft. The ACC trailed only the SEC (54) and finished ahead of the Pac-12 (39), the Big Ten (35) and the Big 12 (25).

            Beginning with the 2005 NFL Draft, the ACC has had 401 of its players drafted in an 11-year span, against the second-most of any conference during that time.

            In all, 11 of the ACC’s 14 schools had at least one player drafted. In addition to Florida State (11) and Louisville (10), were Miami (7), Clemson (5), Boston College (3), Georgia Tech (3), Duke (2), Virginia (2), Virginia Tech (2), Pitt (1) and Wake Forest (1).

            ACC Had nine players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, its second highest total in history and tied with the Pac-12 for the most first round selections in this year’s Draft. The SEC was next (7) followed by the Big Ten (3), the Big 12 (2) and the American (2).

            The ACC also had 11 players chosen in the sixth round of the draft, which is its all-time high for sixth-round draftees. The previous best was nine in the 2011 draft.

            When Clemson punter Bradley Pinion was drafted by San Francisco in the fifth round, it marked the 31st player selected for the ACC in this year’s Draft. The Conference has now had 31  or more players taken in the last 11 NFL Drafts. Only one other conference has a longer streak. Pinion was also the only punter or placekicker selected in this year’s NFL Draft.

            On Thursday night, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston became the eighth player from a current ACC school to be chosen No. 1 in the NFL Draft. He is also the first Seminole to be the No. 1 pick. The last previous No. 1 pick for the ACC was Mario Williams of NC State who was chosen No. 1 in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.

            The Bessemer, Ala., native joins fellow Seminole quarterbacks EJ Manuel (Buffalo Bills, No. 16, 2013) and Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings, No. 12, 2011) to give Florida State three consecutive signal callers drafted in the first round. It’s the first time a team has ever had three quarterbacks drafted in the first round in a five-year span in the modern era.

            The ACC had three of the first nine players chosen overall, for the first time since having four of nine picked in 2009. The ACC also had four of the top 14 for the second straight year and six of the first 19 players selected.

            With both Louisville’s DeVante Parker and Miami’s Phillip Dorsett taken in the first round that gives the ACC eight wide receivers taken in the first round of the draft beginning in 2009, the most of any conference.

            Miami (41 straight years), Virginia (32 straight years) and Florida State (32 straight years) continued long streaks of having a player chosen in each NFL Draft.

            When defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr, and defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, were selected in the second round of the NFL Draft as the 35th and 39th picks, Florida State set an NFL Draft record in the modern era for most players selected from one school in the first 40 selections with four in the first 39 selections.

            When Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman was chosen by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the NFL Draft, he became the third Miami player chosen in the first 48 selections. Miami had three players chosen in last year’s draft, but none before the 93rd pick. The last time the Hurricanes had three selected so high was in 2007, when three ‘Canes were chosen on the first round.

            Miami had seven players chosen in the draft, and has had 26 selections in the last five years. The Hurricanes lead all schools nationally with 61 first-round selections.

            Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson was the 16th selection in the first round and is the fifth first-round pick in Wake Forest history. He is the third highest Deacon ever taken, the highest in 54 years, bettered only by Norm Snead (2nd overall pick) in 1961 and Elmer Barbour (10th overall selection) in 1945.

            Duke Senior G Laken Tomlinson was the first first-round draft selection for the Blue Devils, when he was chosen 28th overall by Detroit, since 1993 when QB Dave Brown was the 16th overall pick by the New York Giants. Duke, which also had wide receiver Jamison Crowder chosen in the fourth round by the Washington Redskins, had multiple players selected in the Draft for the first time since 1996.

                Georgia Tech also had three players chosen. Offensive guard Shaq Mason was  selected in the fourth round by the New England Patriots. On the very next pick, wide receiver DeAndre Smelter was taken by the San Francisco 49ers and fellow wide receiver Darren Waller was tabbed by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round. The Yellow Jackets are one of only three teams to have two wide receivers drafted, joining Ohio State and Missouri.

            Boston College had three players selected on Saturday with offensive tackle Ian Silberman taken in the sixth round by the San Francisco 49ers, center Andy Gallik, taken by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round and defensive end Brian Mihalik tabbed by Philadelphia in the seventh round.

            Virginia had two players taken in the draft. The Cavaliers’ defensive end Eli Harold was selected in the third round by the San Francisco 49ers and outside linebacker Max Valles was chosen in the sixth round by the Oakland Raiders.

            Pitt offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings was selected in the fourth round by the Minnesota Vikings.

            When Virginia Tech safety Kyshoen Jarrett was taken as the 181st pick in the sixth round, Virginia Tech continued their streak of having a player drafted in each of the last 22 years, a skein which began with the 1994 NFL Draft. The Hokies also had offensive tackle Lawrence Gibson drafted in the seventh round.

ACC 2015 NFL  Selections

ACC    Pick

Pick    No.             Rd.         Player, School, Position                                                                Team

1.            1              1              Jameis Winston, Florida State, QB                            Tampa Bay Bus

2.            8              1              Vic Beasley, Clemson, DE                                              Atlanta Falcons

3.            9              1              Ereck Flowers, Miami, OT                                             New York Giants

4.            14           1              DeVante Parker, Louisville, WR                                  Miami Dolphins

5.            16           1              Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest, CB                               Houston Texans

6.            19           1              Cameron Erving, Florida State, C                                 Cleveland Browns

7.            28           1              Laken Tomlinson, Duke, G                                           Detroit Lions

8.            29           1              Phillip Dorsett, Miami, WR                                           Indianapolis Colts

9.            31           1              Stephone Anthony, Clemson, LB                                   New Orleans Saints

10.          35           2              Mario Edwards, Jr., Florida State, DE                       Oakland Raiders

11.          39           2              Eddie Goldman, Florida State, DT                              Chicago Bears

12.          48           2              Denzel Perryman, Miami, LB                                       San Diego Chargers

13.          50           2              Ronald Darby, Florida State, CB                                  Buffalo Bills

14.          68           3              Clive Walford, Miami, TE                                               Oakland Raiders

15.          72           3              Jamon Brown, Louisville, OT                                        St. Louis Rams

16.          77           3              Duke Johnson, Miami, RB                                             Cleveland Browns

17.          78           3              P.J. Williams, Florida State, CB                                    New Orleans Saints

18.          79           3              Eli Harold, Virginia, DE                                               San Francisco 49ers

19.          81           3              John Miller, Louisville, G                                               Buffalo Bills

20.          82           3              Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville, OLB                               New York Jets

21.          104         4              James Sample, Louisville, S                                   Jacksonville Jaguars

22.          105         4              Jamison Crowder, Duke, WR                                 Washington Redskins

23.          110         4              T.J. Clemmings, Pitt, OT                                                 Minnesota Vikings

24.          111         4              Tre’ Jackson, Florida State, G                                      New England Patriots

25.          128         4              Jon Feliciano, Miami, G                                                  Oakland Raiders

26.          131         4              Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech, G                                    New England Patriots

27.          132         4              DeAndre Smelter, Georgia Tech, WR                      San Francisco 49ers

28.          137         5              Grady Jarrett, Clemson, NT                                         Atlanta Falcons

29.          139         5              Rashad Greene, Florida State, WR                            Jacksonville Jaguars

30.          155         5              Karlos Williams, Florida State, RB                               Buffalo Bills

31.          165         5              Bradley Pinion, Clemson, P-KO                                  San Francisco 49ers

32           177         6              Deiontrez Mount, Louisville, OLB                              Tennessee Titans

33           179         6              Max Valles, Virginia, OLB                                              Oakland Raiders

34           181         6              Kyshoen Jarrett, Virginia Tech, S                               Washington Redskins

35           188         6              Tony Steward, Clemson, ILB                                        Buffalo Bills

36           189         6              Charles Gaines, Louisville, CB                                      Cleveland Browns

37           190         6              Ian Silberman, Boston College, G                              San Francisco 49ers

38           193         6              B.J. DuBose, Louisville, DE                                            Minnesota Vikings

39           194         6              Nick O’Leary, Florida State, TE                                    Buffalo Bills

40           204         6              Darren Waller, Georgia Tech, WR                              Baltimore Ravens

41           208         6              Andy Gallik, Boston College, C                                    Tennessee Titans

42           212         6              Anthony Chickillo, Miami, DE                                      Pittsburgh Steelers

43           226         7              Bobby Hart, Florida State, OT                                      New York Giants

44           237         7              Brian Mihalik, Boston College, DE                              Philadelphia Eagles

45           239         7              Gerod Holliman, Louisville, S                                       Pittsburgh Steelers

46           243         7              Lawrence Gibson, Virginia Tech, OT                         Dallas Cowboys

47           256         7              Gerald Christian, Louisville, TE                                    Arizona Cardinals

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