Published: April 18, 2017 at 01:12 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2017 at 01:45 p.m.

Eight facts for the 2017 NFL Draft

Several of the 2017 NFL Draft's top prospects have a chance to join some elite company when they enter the league later this month (April 27-29 in Philadelphia). Here are eight facts about the 2017 draft class:

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  • North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky could become the first quarterback selected in the first round with fewer than 15 NCAA starts at the position since Cam Newton in 2011. Trubisky made only 13 starts at UNC, while Newton made only 14 starts at Auburn. 8

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    Little experience, no problem?

    North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky could become the first quarterback selected in the first round with fewer than 15 NCAA starts at the position since Cam Newton in 2011. Trubisky made only 13 starts at UNC, while Newton made only 14 starts at Auburn.

  • Over their last two college seasons, Dalvin Cook (at FSU) and 2016 NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott (at Ohio State) had almost identical statistical production. Cook gained 138.2 rushing yards per game, 6.7 yards per carry, and scored 40 scrimmage touchdowns in that span, while Elliott gained 132.1 rushing yards per game, 6.6 yards per carry, and scored 41 scrimmage touchdowns. 7

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    Zeke-like production

    Over their last two college seasons, Dalvin Cook (at FSU) and 2016 NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott (at Ohio State) had almost identical statistical production. Cook gained 138.2 rushing yards per game, 6.7 yards per carry, and scored 40 scrimmage touchdowns in that span, while Elliott gained 132.1 rushing yards per game, 6.6 yards per carry, and scored 41 scrimmage touchdowns.

  • Corey Davis could become the first Western Michigan wide receiver and only the second Mid-American Conference receiver to be selected in the first round in the common draft era. The other MAC pass-catcher to go in the first round? Randy Moss, who went 21st overall to the Vikings in 1998 out of Marshall. 6

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    In Moss territory

    Corey Davis could become the first Western Michigan wide receiver and only the second Mid-American Conference receiver to be selected in the first round in the common draft era. The other MAC pass-catcher to go in the first round? Randy Moss, who went 21st overall to the Vikings in 1998 out of Marshall.

  • Solomon Thomas looks to join a distinguished group of Stanford players selected in the top 5 in the common era (since 1967), all of whom are QBs: 3-time Pro Bowler Andrew Luck (1st overall in 2012), Hall of Famer John Elway (1st overall in 1983), and 2-time Super Bowl champion Jim Plunkett (1st overall in 1971). 5

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    Elite fraternity

    Solomon Thomas looks to join a distinguished group of Stanford players selected in the top 5 in the common era (since 1967), all of whom are QBs: 3-time Pro Bowler Andrew Luck (1st overall in 2012), Hall of Famer John Elway (1st overall in 1983), and 2-time Super Bowl champion Jim Plunkett (1st overall in 1971).

  • Only 3 players in Clemson history had more than 20 receiving touchdowns at the school: DeAndre Hopkins (27), Sammy Watkins (27), and 2017 draft prospect Mike Williams (21). Both Hopkins (27th in 2013) and Watkins (4th in 2014) went on to be first-round picks and 1,000-yard producers in the NFL. 4

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    Clemson's WR pipeline

    Only 3 players in Clemson history had more than 20 receiving touchdowns at the school: DeAndre Hopkins (27), Sammy Watkins (27), and 2017 draft prospect Mike Williams (21). Both Hopkins (27th in 2013) and Watkins (4th in 2014) went on to be first-round picks and 1,000-yard producers in the NFL.

  • Good news for any team that decides to select David Njoku in the first round: There have been 4 Miami tight ends taken in the first round of the draft in the common era, and all 4 were Pro Bowlers (Greg Olsen, Kellen Winslow Jr., Jeremy Shockey, and Bubba Franks). 3

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    Tight end U

    Good news for any team that decides to select David Njoku in the first round: There have been 4 Miami tight ends taken in the first round of the draft in the common era, and all 4 were Pro Bowlers (Greg Olsen, Kellen Winslow Jr., Jeremy Shockey, and Bubba Franks).

  • Ohio State could have 3 members of its secondary selected in the first round of the 2017 draft (Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley, Malik Hooker). In the common draft era, there has been only one instance of a school having 3 members of the same secondary selected in the first round: The 2002 Miami Hurricanes, who saw CB Phillip Buchanon (17th to Raiders), S Ed Reed (24th to Ravens), and CB Mike Rumph (27th to 49ers) come off the board. 2

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    Star-studded secondary

    Ohio State could have 3 members of its secondary selected in the first round of the 2017 draft (Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley, Malik Hooker). In the common draft era, there has been only one instance of a school having 3 members of the same secondary selected in the first round: The 2002 Miami Hurricanes, who saw CB Phillip Buchanon (17th to Raiders), S Ed Reed (24th to Ravens), and CB Mike Rumph (27th to 49ers) come off the board.

  • Based on combine measurables, Michigan's Jabrill Peppers is faster than Antonio Brown (Peppers 4.46 in 40-yard dash, Brown 4.57), quicker than DeSean Jackson (Peppers 1.54 seconds in 10-yard split, Jackson 1.55), and jumps higher than A.J. Green (Peppers 35-1/2 inch vertical jump, Green 34 1/2). 1

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    Freak alert

    Based on combine measurables, Michigan's Jabrill Peppers is faster than Antonio Brown (Peppers 4.46 in 40-yard dash, Brown 4.57), quicker than DeSean Jackson (Peppers 1.54 seconds in 10-yard split, Jackson 1.55), and jumps higher than A.J. Green (Peppers 35-1/2 inch vertical jump, Green 34 1/2).

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