Publish date:

Ranking ACC Teams in the NFL Draft since 2005

Author:
Jimbo Fisher

Jimbo Fisher

In the last three seasons, Florida State has rocketed past the field in the ACC, becoming the league’s only true national title contender the last two seasons.

The Seminoles have also dominated draft day for the league, no easy feat with teams like Miami and Clemson churning out draft picks.

Florida State produced 54 picks in the last 10 NFL Drafts, eight more than any other team in the league.

The Seminoles aren’t doing this cheaply or on legacy. FSU’s 13 first-round draft picks lead league by a wide margin — no other team in the ACC has produced more than seven in the last decade. And of Florida State’s 54 draft picks in the last 10 years, 22 have come in the last three seasons.

Related: Which College Coach Has Produced the Most NFL Draft Picks?

For fans who are college football-centric, NFL Draft day is a chance for bragging rights and a sort of referendum on the relative talent levels for teams and conferences. Whether that’s fair or not is up for debate.

Here’s how teams in the ACC fared in the last 10 drafts, followed by a few observations.

Recommended Articles

*Data derived from Pro Football Reference

ACC NFL Draft Picks

2005-2014

 

School

Total Picks

First Round

2004-13 Record

1.

54

13

80-40 (.667)

2.

46

6

75-50 (.600)

3.

41

5

85-44 (.659)

4.

40

3

99-35 (.739)

5.

34

7

48-60 (.444)

6.

29

5

84-41 (.672)

T7.

28

5

55-67 (.451)

T7.

28

3

58-65 (.472)

9.

24

4

70-55 (.560)

10.

21

3

78-53 (.595)

11.

20

2

48-74 (.393)

12.

19

1

59-64 (.480)

13.

17

6

76-52 (.594)

14.

2

0

35-86 (.289)

• Since Notre Dame will play four or five ACC teams each season for the next few years, it’s worth noting the Irish produced 40 NFL Draft picks in the last 10 seasons, tied with Virginia Tech.

• For any other school, 46 NFL Draft picks in a decade would be reason to brag. For Miami, 46 NFL Draft picks in a decade is subpar. The Hurricanes haven’t had a first-round pick since Kenny Phillips in 2008, shocking for a team that produced 33 first-rounders and at least one per year from 1995-2008.

• Duke has the longest first-round drought in the ACC, dating back to linebacker Mike Junkin in 1987. Duke is followed by NC State (which had three first-rounders in the 2006 draft) and Miami (2008).

• Let’s take another minute to praise the job Duke’s David Cutcliffe has done. Duke has two NFL Draft picks in the last 10 years and the Blue Devils have still gone 11-5 in the league the last two years. After Duke’s two selections in the last two years, the next fewest Power 5 team is Kansas with nine.

• Boston College has produced more first-round picks that Clemson or Virginia Tech in the last decade. Who knew?

• Louisville fits right in. The Cardinals produced 29 draft picks and five first-rounders, putting them in the top half of the league despite recruiting for most of that time to the Big East and American.