With all of the hoopla surrounding the 2018 NFL Draft, I thought we would try to take a look at some of the more interesting statistics and story lines that resulted from the highly anticipated annual event. Here is what we found on the surface:
Not surprisingly, Alabama had the most selections with 12 of which 4 were taken in the first round. Nick Saban's seemingly annual pilgrimage to the National Championship game keeps drawing in much of the top talent in the Country each and every year.
Alabama helped lead the way for the SEC to have 53 selections overall. The SEC was closely followed by the ACC with 45 picks. The other conferences were not close as the Big 10 had 33, the Pac 12 had 30 and the Big 12 had 20. FCS division II/III schools also represented well with 23 picks in total.
Three teams had 7 selections in the 2018 NFL Draft: Ohio State, LSU and (somewhat surprisingly) N.C. State. It would seem that if North Carolina State was going to make some noise in the ACC it would have been last year. Seems like oh well for the Wolfpack.
Four teams had 6 players picked in 2018: Georgia, Penn State, FSU and Miami. Even though FSU had an off year and Miami started very strong and then faded after injuries to key offensive players, both schools continue to feed the pipeline to the NFL.
Teams with 5 players selected included Florida, Virgina Tech and Wisconsin. In spite of its continued floundering, Florida always recruits well. Of course we all know that Miami beat Virginia Tech convincingly and lost to Wisconsin badly in the bowl game.
Turns out that UCF, the little team that could, the undefeated and proudly self proclaimed "National Champions", had 4 selections in 2018. To put that in perspective, that is the same number of draft picks that National powerhouses like USC and Notre Dame had. Let that soak in and marinate for a while.
Other Florida schools that had at least one selection were USF with 2 and FIU with 1. The one selection tied FIU with Nebraska, where Cornhusker Nation hopes that hometown hero and former UCF coach Scott Frost can fix things that are broken.