The ACC fared pretty well in this year's 2011 NFL Draft with 35 players selected through seven rounds. Only the SEC fared better with 38 selections.
It started on Thursday night with the Minnesota Vikings taking Florida State QB Christian Ponder with the 12th pick in the draft. It ended with Georgia Tech's running back Anthony Allen getting drafted with the 225th overall pick in the seventh round.
Here's a look at the NFL Draft by the numbers:
- The ACC had the most NFL draft picks through the first two rounds of any conference in the draft (15). The SEC came in second with 10 selections.
- The Big East had the least draft picks of any AQ conference, but Brian Bennett tries to rationalize this noting the conference's per-school numbers were fourth best. The ACC comes in third with 2.92 draft picks per team, behind the SEC (3.17) and the Pac-10 (3.1).
- Ten of the conference's 12 teams had players taken in the draft. Only Wake Forest and Duke were not represented in this year's draft.
- Thirty-two linebackers not named Mark Herzlich were taken in the Draft. Texas A&M's Von Miller was taken with the 2nd overall pick (Denver), while Illinois' Nate Bussey was the last LB taken with the 243rd pick of the seventh round (New Orleans). The Eagles and Broncos each drafted three linebackers.
- Castonzo was the fourth offensive lineman taken in the Draft, behind USC's Tyron Smith (9th to Dallas), Florida's Mike Pouncey (15th to Miami) and Colorado's Nate Solder (17th to New England). In all, 40 offensive linemen were selected in the draft.
- Anthony Castonzo going to the Colts marks the sixth straight year at least one Boston College player was drafted. 2005 was the last year that a BC player wasn't drafted.