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Crunching the draft numbers: How ACC schools have fared

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With the 2015 NFL Draft safely in the books, CFB 24/7 decided to take a look at the "Power Five" conferences and see how each did in the draft. Here is the ACC.

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» The ACC had 47 players selected this year, second-most among the conferences. It was the fourth time in five years that the ACC finished second.

» All but three of the 14 ACC schools had at least one player selected, led by Florida State with 11. North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Syracuse had no draftees. FSU's total led the nation, and it also gave the Seminoles 29 picks in the past three years, the highest three-year total in the draft's seven-round era (since 1994).

» There were nine first-rounders, tied for the most (with the Pac-12) among the conferences.

» Position of interest: The ACC's most popular position was guard, with seven selected. The league also had six outside linebackers and six wide receivers.

A school-by-school look at the ACC in the draft in the 2000s:

Boston College

Players drafted in 2000s: 31
First-round picks: Nine (most recent LB Luke Kuechly in 2012)
The buzz: In the past eight drafts, BC has had just 15 players selected -- but five of those guys went in the first round.


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Clemson

Players drafted in 2000s: 53
First-round picks: Seven (most recent ILB Stephone Anthony and OLB Vic Beasley this year)
The buzz: Beasley, who was selected eighth, is the fourth Clemson player to go in the top 10 since 1983; the Tigers also had a top-10 pick last year (WR Sammy Watkins).

Duke

Players drafted in 2000s: Six
First-round picks: One (most recent G Laken Tomlinson this year)
The buzz: Tomlinson was Duke's first first-rounder in the regular draft since LB Mike Junkin in 1987. He and WR Jamison Crowder, who went in the fourth round, are just the fourth and fifth Duke players since QB Dave Brown went in the first round in the supplemental draft in 1992 to go earlier than the sixth round.

Florida State

Players drafted in 2000s: 95
First-round picks: 21 (most recent C Cam Erving and QB Jameis Winston this year)
The buzz: The Seminoles have had 29 players selected in the past three drafts, and 14 have gone in the top two rounds. Winston was FSU's first-ever overall No. 1 pick.

Georgia Tech

Players drafted in 2000s: 35
First-round picks: Three (most recent DE Derrick Morgan in 2010)
The buzz: Tech had three players selected in the draft for the second year in a row. This year, all three were offensive players. Last year, all three were defensive players.

Louisville

Players drafted in 2000s: 47
First-round picks: Six (most recent WR DeVante Parker this year)
The buzz: Louisville had a school-record 10 players selected this year, the second-most nationally. That gives the school 14 selections in the past two drafts (including four first-rounders); it had had just six players picked from 2010-13.

Miami

Players drafted in 2000s: 93
First-round picks: 28 (most recent WR Phillip Dorsett and OL Ereck Flowers this year)
The buzz: The Hurricanes produced an incredible 33 first-round picks from 1995-2008, but Dorsett and Flowers were the first first-rounders since that stretch. Five of UM's seven picks this year were chosen in the first three rounds.

North Carolina

Players drafted in 2000s: 50
First-round picks: Nine (most recent TE Eric Ebron in 2014)
The buzz: Stunningly, in a draft in which neighbors Duke and Wake Forest had first-round picks, North Carolina had zero draftees. The Tar Heels had had five players go in the first round in the previous four drafts. This was the first time UNC had zero players selected since 2007.


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North Carolina State

Players drafted in 2000s: 38
First-round picks: Five (most recent DE Manny Lawson, DT John McCargo and DE Mario Williams in 2006)
The buzz: North Carolina State had zero draftees. NCSU has had just one player go earlier than the third round in the past nine drafts. In addition, the Wolfpack has had just four players picked in the past three drafts.

Pittsburgh

Players drafted in 2000s: 38
First-round picks: Five (most recent DT Aaron Donald in 2014)
The buzz: Pitt had just one draftee this year and has had just four players selected in the past four drafts.

Syracuse

Players drafted in 2000s: 30
First-round picks: Five (most recent OT Justin Pugh in 2013)
The buzz: Syracuse had zero draftees this year. The school has had more than two players selected in one draft just three times since 2002.

Virginia

Players drafted in 2000s: 42
First-round picks: Six (most recent OT Eugene Monroe in 2009)
The buzz: Virginia had two OLBs selected; it's just the second time the school has had multiple picks in the same draft since 2009.

Virginia Tech

Players drafted in 2000s: 65
First-round picks: Six (most recent CB Kyle Fuller in 2014)
The buzz: Virginia Tech had only two players selected. The school had eight players selected in the 2008 draft alone; it has had just 19 in the ensuing seven drafts, and 12 of those have gone in the fifth round or later.

Wake Forest

Players drafted in 2000s: 26
First-round picks: Three (most recent CB Kevin Johnson this year)
The buzz: Johnson was the first Wake player to be selected earlier than the fourth round since the 2010 draft.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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