ACC & NFL Draft Notes and Numbers


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Since the NFL’s inaugural draft was held on February 8, 1936, a total of 2,035 players from the 12 current ACC schools have been selected, including 192 first round selections ... the ACC had an all-time high eight first round selections in 1997 … Florida State has had at least one first round selection in eight of the past 12 years … Miami leads all ACC schools with 273 players selected in the NFL draft.


Most ACC players selected in NFL Draft:

36 in the 2005 draft.


Most ACC first round draft picks:

8 in the 1997 draft.


Most players selected from an ACC team:

10 by Florida State in 1995.

10 by Clemson in 1983



1st round picks from an ACC team:

4 by Florida State in 1997

(Miami had an NFL-record six first round selections in the 2004 draft prior to their entry into the ACC)



NFL Draft Picks by School All-Time (1936-2005)

Miami                        273
Florida State                200
North Carolina               194
Maryland                     189
Georgia Tech                 186
Boston College               184
Clemson                      183
Duke                         149
Virginia                     134
NC State                     128
Wake Forest                  114
Virginia Tech                101


NFL Draft Picks as a member of the ACC

Clemson                155    (1954-2005)
Maryland               152    (1954-2005)
North Carolina         152    (1954-2005)
Virginia               112    (1955-2005)
NC State               109    (1954-2005)
Florida State           94    (1992-2005)
Duke                    85    (1954-2005)
Wake Forest             65    (1954-2005)
Georgia Tech            52    (1980-2005)
Miami                    5    (2005)
Virginia Tech            3    (2005)


ACC Players Selected - Year by Year (Using actual conference membership)

Year            1st Round Picks  Total
1954                     1        27
1955                     1        23
1956                     2        23
1957                     0        32
1958                     0        31
1959                     0        26
1960   NFL               1        19
       AFL               x        29
1961   NFL               1        19
       AFL               0        15
1962   NFL               2        13
       AFL               2        18
1963   NFL               0        10
       AFL               0        10
1964   NFL               0        10
       AFL               0         8
1965   NFL               2        15
       AFL               0         1
       AFL Redshirt      x        11
1966   NFL               0        12
       AFL               0         3
       AFL Redshirt      x         5
1967                     1        21
1968                     1        14
1969                     0        18
1970                     0         9
1971                     1        11
1972                     0        11
1973                     0        11
1974                     1        16
1975                     2        21
1976                     2        11
1977                     1        15
1978                     0        16
1979                     3        15
1980                     2        18
1981                     2        16
1982                     3        22
1983                     1        22
1984                     3        20
1985                     2        22
1986                     1        24
1987                     4        19
1988                     0        19
1989                     2        24
1990                     1        16
1991                     1        23
1992                     4        30
1993                     4        29
1994                     2        19
1995                     3        27
1996                     1        16
1997                     8        22
1998                     7        29
1999                     4        31
2000                     4        23
2001                     4        21
2002                     3        18
2003                     1        17
2004                     1        25
2005                     5        36


First Round Selections

The ACC had five first round selections in the 2005 NFL Draft - the most since 1998 when the ACC had seven athletes chosen in the first round ... the conference record for most first round picks is eight set in 1997 … the ACC has had at least one first round selection in 16 straight NFL drafts and in 26 of the last 28


NFL First Round Selections by School (1936-2005)

School            No  Last 1st Round Selection
Miami             54  2005 Antrel Rolle, DB (Cardinals)
Florida State     29  2005 Travis Johnson, DT (Texans); Alex Barron, T (Rams)
Clemson           19  2001 Rod Gardner, WF (Redskins)
North Carolina    16  2002 Julius Peppers, DE (Panthers); Ryan Sims, DT (Chiefs)
Maryland          13  2005 Shawne Merriman, DE (Chargers)
Boston College    13  2002 William Green, RB (Browns); Marc Colombo, T (Bears)
NC State          12  2004 Philip Rivers, QB (Chargers)
Virginia          12  2005 Heath Miller, TE (Steelers)
Georgia Tech       7  1998 Keith Brooking, LB (Falcons)
Virginia Tech      6  2004 DeAngelo Hall, DB (Falcons); Kevin Jones, RB (Lions)
Duke               6  1987 Mike Junkin, LB (Browns)
Wake Forest        3  2003 Calvin Pace, DE (Cardinals)


1st Round Picks by Conference (1992-2005)

          Big    Big   Big   Conf    Mnt   Pac                        
Year  ACC East   10    12    USA     Wst   10     SEC  WAC
1992  4    4     4      -     -       -     6      2    0
1993  4    0     4      -     -       -     5      6    0
1994  2    0     4      -     -       -     5      6    2
1995  3    2     9      0     -       -     6      3    1
1996  1    3     8      4     1       -     6      4    0
1997  8    4     4      5     1       -     3      4    0
1998  7    3     2      3     0       -     2     10    2
1999  4    3     5      1     0       -     4      8    1
2000  4    4     7      1     0       2     4      6    0
2001  4    6     8      3     0       0     4      5    1
2002  3    8     3      4     2       0     4      6    2
2003  1    4     6      6     0       1     8      4    0
2004  1    9     6      4     1       0     3      6    0
2005  5    1     4      5     1       1     3     10    1


First Overall Selection

Virginia’s Bill Dudley was the first overall selection in the 1942 NFL draft … NC State’s Roman Gabriel was the first overall selection in the 1962 AFL draft and Boston College’s Jack Concannon was the No. 1 pick in the 1964 AFL draft … Miami (Russell Maryland, 1991 and Vinny Testaverde, 1987) and Virginia Tech (Bruce Smith, 1985 and Michael Vick, 2001) have each had two No. 1 overall selections … a list of top three picks from current ACC schools is as follows:

Year  Rd.  No. Player, School                   Pos. NFL Team
1991  1    1   Russell Maryland, Miami          DT   Cowboys
1987  1    1   Vinny Testaverde, Miami          QB   Buccaneers
1964  1    1   Jack Concannon, Boston College   QB   Patriots (AFL)
1962  1    1   Roman Gabriel, NC State          QB   Raiders (AFL)
1942  1    1   (Bullet) Bill Dudley, Virginia   B    Steelers
2001  1    1   Michael Vick, Virginia Tech      QB   Falcons
1985  1    1   Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech       DE   Bills
1940  1    2   George McAfee, Duke              RB   Eagles
1975  1    2   Randy White, Maryland            DT   Cowboys
2002  1    2   Julius Peppers, North Carolina   DE   Panthers
1981  1    2   Lawrence Taylor, North Carolina  LB   Giants
1965  1    2   Ken Willard, North Carolina      RB   49ers
1962  1    2   Roman Gabriel, NC State          QB   Rams
1961  1    2   Norm Snead, Wake Forest          QB   Redskins
1998  1    3   Andre Wadsworth, Florida State   DE   Cardinals
1953  1    3   Jack Scarbath, Maryland          B    Redskins
2003  1    3   Andre Johnson, Miami             WR   Texans
1990  1    3   Cortez Kennedy, Miami            DT   Seahawks
1988  1    3   Bennie Blades, Miami             DB   Lions
1987  1    3   Alonzo Highsmith, Miami          RB   Oilers
1977  1    3   Eddie Edwards, Miami             DE   Bengals
1975  1    3   Ken Huff, North Carolina         G    Colts

A Look Back at 2005

An ACC-record 36 players were selected in the 2005 NFL Draft, surpassing the previous record of 32 set in 1957 … Florida State led all schools with nine overall selections, including two first round picks … Miami’s Antrel Rolle was the first ACC player chosen when selected by Arizona with the eighth overall pick ... Virginia set a school record with seven selections ... selected as the 12th overall pick, Maryland’s Shawne Merriman became the first Terrapin player to be drafted in the first round since 1997, when Pittsburgh selected DB Chad Scott … of the 51 defensive backs taken in 2005, the ACC led all conferences with 10 selections ... all 10 of those selections were among the first 38 defensive backs taken in the first five rounds of the draft.


ACC Players in 2005 NFL Draft

First Round
8        Antrel Rolle, CB, UM          Arizona
12       Shawne Merriman, OLB, Md      San Diego
16       Travis Johnson, DT, FSU       Houston
19       Alex Barron, OT, FSU          St. Louis
30       Heath Miller, TE, UVa         Pittsburgh
Second Round
55       Roscoe Parrish, WR, UM        Buffalo
57       Justin Miller, CB, CU         NY Jets
62       Bryant McFadden, CB, FSU      Pittsburgh
Third Round
65       Frank Gore, RB, UM            San Francisco
75       Eric Green, CB, VT            Arizona
86       Kevin Everett, TE, UM         Buffalo
91       Chris Colmer, OT, NCS         Tampa Bay
95       Darryl Blackstock, OLB, UVa   Arizona
97       Domonique Foxworth, CB, Md    Denver
98       Leroy Hill, OLB, CU           Seattle
Fourth Round
105     Ray Willis, OT, FSU            Seattle
108     Vincent Fuller, FS, VT         Tennessee
111     Elton Brown, G, UVa            Arizona
116     Craphonso Thorpe, WR, FSU      Kansas City
117     Jerome Carter, SS, FSU         St. Louis
124     Jason Brown, C, UNC            Baltimore
127     Alvin Pearman, RB, UVa         Jacksonville
128     Chauncey Davis, DE, FSU        Atlanta
132     Chris Canty, DE, UVa           Dallas
Fifth Round
140     Airese Currie, WR, CU          Chicago
152     Adrian McPherson, QB, FSU      New Orleans
156     Eric King, CB, WF              Buffalo
157     Gerald Sensabaugh, SS, UNC     Jacksonville
161     Andre Maddox, SS, NCS          NY Jets
Sixth Round
186     Eric Moore, DE, FSU            NY Giants
194     Pat Thomas, OLB, NCS           Jacksonville
200     Chris Myers, G, UM             Denver
203     Andrew Hoffman, DT, UVa        Cleveland
Seventh Round
217     Jon Dunn, OT, VT               Cleveland
248     Patrick Estes, TE, UVa         San Francisco
251     Madison Hedgecock, FB, UNC     St. Louis

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