Ten Year NFL Draft Case Study: ACC

Ras-I Dowling Patriots

Lets hope Ras-I Dowling can break the Patriots shoddy history of drafting from the ACC.

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Every Friday for the next twelve weeks I’ll be doing a case study on the last ten years draft history of every conference in the FBS.

Through these case studies we’ll be able to answer which schools and conferences produce the most talent, the most busts, the most players at each position and much more.

I know that it’s a lot of information to digest, but there’s some very interesting findings during this first week of research which will become even more telling as each week progresses.

I started out with the ACC.


From the 2003 draft until the 2012 draft, there were 2552 total players drafted, the ACC made up 323 of those draft picks, for 12.7% of the total players drafted. It’s hard to put this in context now, but after I’m able to tally the totals for some of the other major conferences, this will be more telling.

Total players drafted from the ACC/total players drafted from 2003-2012
Total 323/2552 – 12.7%

By year, I broke down total number of players drafted, the total number of first round picks, the most picks by school, the least picks by school, the most picks by position and the least per position.

I also listed the total number of players drafted from each school per year and the total number of players drafted at each position per year.

2006 was by far the strongest year overall for the ACC, while 2003 was by far the weakest.

YEAR BY YEAR BREAKDOWN: A full breakdown of the last ten drafts from an ACC perspective. (Page 2)

POSITIONAL BREAKDOWN: Which positions in the ACC get picked early? (Page 3)

SUCCESS/BUST BREAKDOWN: Which schools produce the most busts? (Page 4)

NCAA SCHOOL BREAKDOWN: Which schools perennially produce the top prospects? (Page 5)

NFL TEAM BREAKDOWN: Which NFL Teams like prospects from the ACC? (Page 6)

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4 Responses to “Ten Year NFL Draft Case Study: ACC”

  1. Prefectly Smart says:

    James, Nice work. As someone who has compiled similar data, I’m not sure everyone will appreciate the amount of effor that goes into such an undertaking.

    How did you treat players taken in the Supplemental draft? For example, Tony Hollings, RB from Georgia Tech, taken in the second round of the 2003 Supplemental draft by the Texans. Not that overlooking a few players is going to make any drastic shifts in the data, but in Holllings’ case it would erase the goose egg up on the board for GT in the 2003 draft.

  2. Patriots Draft Guru says:

    Patriots really haven’t had much luck from the ACC.

  3. John M says:

    How long will it take for Ochocincho jerseys to go on sale for $9.99 at Marshalls or TJ Max?

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