Who had the most, fewest picks in the 2013 NFL Draft?
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday April 28, 2013
Posted by: Chris Vannini on April 28, 2013
Before the NFL Draft, we went through a seven-round mock draft and looked at which schools had the most and fewest picks.
Now the results are in, and let's take a look. Here are the schools with the most picks
11: Florida State
9: Alabama, LSU
8: Florida, Georgia
7: South Carolina, Rutgers
As expected, the SEC dominated the draft. But the top SEC teams were actually sandwiched between Florida State and Rutgers, both of whom had more picks than projected. Alabama, LSU, Florida and Georgia had one fewer pick than projected, while South Carolina had one more.
What about the schools without any picks? Here are the BCS schools without any players selected.
The three Big Ten teams without projected picks didn't have any selections, but they were joined by nine other teams, including two from the Pac-12, which had all of its teams projecting at least one pick. Pitt and Louisville joined the projected Temple on this list in the Big East.
Draft picks don't always correlate with success. Of the 12 teams that didn't have a draft pick, nine of them made a bowl game, and Louisville won the Sugar Bowl. Often, this means a team has a lot of talent returning. Many of these schools can expect draft picks in the coming years.
As for picks by conference, here's how it breaks down:
SEC (63), ACC (31), ACC (31) Pac-12 (28), Big Ten (22), Big 12 (22), Big East (19), C-USA (8), Independent (7), Mountain West (7), MAC (7), WAC (6).
Now, having the most teams certainly helps the SEC, but even without Texas A&M and Mizzou, the conference is still head and shoulders above the rest. The 63 picks are the most by a conference in the common draft (1967).
If you go by picks-per-team, the BCS conferences break down like this: SEC (4.5), ACC (2.6), Big East (2.3), Pac-12 (2.3), Big 12 (2.2) Big Ten (1.8).
Chris Vannini is the lead writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered Michigan State sports for The State News, The Oakland Press and MLive.com. He writes a weekly column for the Detroit Free Press on behalf of SB Nation. Vannini lives in Big Ten country, so his foot speed is far from SEC caliber, but his pulse on coaches is hard to match. Be sure to follow @CoachingBuzz on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org