I held this stat since the middle of last week waiting for the NFL Draft to conclude….and then Luke DeCock went and ruined it for me on Twitter over the weekend 🙂
N.C. State could be shut out of the draft for the first time since 1996. A late flier (Rob Crisp? Wil Baumann?) is the Wolfpack's best shot.
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) April 30, 2015
Now that the NFL draft has concluded, it is safe (and sad) to say that NC State did not have a single player drafted in the NFL Draft for the first time since 1996. Obviously, it in just a coincidence that Mike O’Cain’s 1995 Wolfpack went just 3-8 overall and 2-6 in the ACC while posting back-to-back 3-8 seasons.
But, unlike the (lack of) athletics “leadership” that existed at NC State in the Larry Monteith and Les Robinson era, the 2012 version of NC State executive leadership was anchored by Debbie Yow and Randy Woodson. (Thank goodness!) Where Monteith and Robinson failed to be proactive with the declining NC State football program in the mid to late 1990s, Yow and Woodson recognized the ‘talent valley’ that was on the horizon in the NC State football program in 2012 and ultimately brought a solution to west Raleigh as opposed to “accepting the status quo”. So, if there are any folks left out there who still love to grumble and be unhappy with unfair criticisms of Debbie Yow, then it is time for you to just top embarrassing yourself.
By the way, the ACC had 47 players drafted this year
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.
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.