2014 NFL Draft: ACC Has 42 Players Selected


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The 2014 NFL Draft has been in the books now for almost a week, so let’s take a look back at how the ACC fared during the annual rite of passage to professional football.

The ACC finished with 42 selections overall, which was the second-most to any other conference and behind only the SEC.

Five of those 42 selections were in the first round.

Four the of the first 14 picks and five of the first 28 players selected in the first round were from the ACC, with Clemson’s Sammy Watkins being the highest player selected at No. 4 overall to the Buffalo Bills.

Tight end Eric Ebron of North Carolina went to Detroit at No. 10, defensive tackle Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh went No. 13 to the St. Louis Rams, cornerback Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech went to Chicago at No. 14, and wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State went to Carolina at No. 28.

Every team in the league had at least one player selected during the draft, with BCS Champion Florida State leading the way with seven players selected.

Clemson and North Carolina both had four players selected, and Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Pittsburgh all had three players selected.

Duke, N.C. State, Wake Forest, and Maryland all had one player chosen apiece.

27 of the 42 players were taken in Rounds 4-7.

A good haul for the ACC, and this doesn’t include any of the undrafted free agents who has since been invited to rookie mini-camps for a shot at landing on an NFL team.