NEWS AND INFORMATION ON THE NFL DRAFT
2013 DRAFT BY THE
The just concluded 2013 draft started when Kansas City selected Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher with the #1 pick and ended when Indianapolis made South Carolina TE Justice Cunningham this year's 'Mr Irrelevent' by choosing him with the 254th and final pick. In between there plenty of surprises including the fact that former Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o was selected ahead of West Virginia QB Geno Smith as bth lasted into the early part of the second round.
However, some things don't change such as the fact that the SEC again led all conferences with 63 players selected this weekend. Indeed, it wasn't even close as the SEC had more than twice as many players selected as every other conference in the country. The ACC, for example, was second to the SEC with 31 players selected, while the PAC-12 had 28, the not-so-BIG 10 had 22, the Big XII 21 and the Big East 19.
Its also no surprise that the draft remains pretty much the preserve of the BCS conference schools. Indeed, with Notre Dame added in, schools from BCS schools accounted for 75% of all players selected this weekend, a figure that has remained pretty consistent over the past decade or so. However, there is still a place at the draft table for non-D1A players. This year, for example, 31 lower-level players - 12% of the total - heard their names called this weekend, with Appalachian State having two players selected. The first non-D1A player taken this year was Southeastern Louisiana CB Robert Alford, who was selected 60th overall by Atlanta, while Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead (75th to New Orleans), Goergia Southern FS J.J. Wilcox (80th to Dallas) and Missouri Southern DT Brandon Williams (94th to Baltimore) were also selected within the first three rounds.
While the SEC dominated the conference race at this week's draft, Florida State of the ACC was actually the school with the most players selected. In fact, 11 former Seminoles were chosen at the week's draft followed by SEC powers Alabama and LU with 9 each, while Florida and Georgia had 8 and South Carolina and Rutgers 7 apiece. Meanwhile, the answer to the trivia question: 'What do Rice, Louisiana Tech, Central Florida, Florida Inyternational and Appalachian State have in common' its that these football factories had more players selected than Michigan which had only one player drafted this week. If there was any consolation for the Wolverines it was that they were at least able to tie the likes of Harvard, Princeton and Cornell of the Ivy League, not to mention Harding, Grand Valley State, Sam ford, Tarleton State and Colorado State-Pueblo. Ouch!
Shoudda stood in school ... A record number of underclassmen entered this year's draft, but if there was a message from the NFL this weekend it was stay in school unless you are sure. Oklahoma junior OT Luke Joeckel did go second overall, while OLB Barkevious Mingo of LSU and Alabama CB Dee Milliner were selected 6th and 9th overall, however, in the end those three were the only juniors to be selected within the first of the opening round. And if there was a trend for this year's underclassmen it was down. Indeed, juniors like DEs Bjoern Werner, Damontre Moore and Sam Montgomery, DTs Sharrif Floyd and Johnathan Hankins, OLB Jarvis Jones, and WR Keenan Allen all went considerably later than where they were projected to go when they made their decision to enter the draft, while QB Tyler Bray, RB Cierre Wood, OT Chris Faulk, OG Alvin Bailey, FS Tony Jefferson, and CB Nickell Robey among others weren't selected at all.
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