The 2014 NFL Draft has come and gone. Which ACC schools fared the best?
Notre Dame had eight players selected overall, while Florida State was just behind that with 7 players drafted. Clemson and North Carolina were next with 5 players drafted, while Louisville and Boston College had 4. Five ACC schools had three players drafted: Georgia Tech, Miami, Pitt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Syracuse had two players drafted. Duke, Maryland, and Wake Forest each had 1 player drafted. North Carolina State was shutout.
On a state-by-state basis, the three top states for producing high school talent drafted by the NFL were not surprisingly Florida, Texas, and California–who produced 106 draftees. Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina were in the top 10. In quite a surprise, New York was actually #11.
The ACC finished second to the SEC in terms of the number of players selected. This applied to first round and overall. The only measure where the ACC dropped to third was players selected in the first three rounds, where the Big 10 edged up to #2. Of course, there were more “independents” drafted in the first three rounds than for the Big XII. By the end of the draft, the Big 10 had fallen to #4, as the Pac-12 edged ahead for the #3 spot.
Relative to the ACC, there is no reason to be ashamed. A great NFL draft showing.