No. 1 – The last time the Tampa Bay Bucs had the overall No. 1 selection in the NFL Draft, they took a quarterback from a school which is now in the ACC in Miami’s Vinnie Testaverde.
2 - The number of ACC players selected by ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper among his Top 10 “safe picks” in the 2015 Draft--Kiper tabbed both Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving and Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett--Erving for his ability at center and versatility to play tackle and Dorsett for his speed (4.33) and quickness.
4 – In the 2014 NFL Draft the first wide receiver, defensive tackle, cornerback and tight end selected were ACC players. In all, the ACC had four of the first 14 selections, including the 2014 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in Pitt’s Aaron Donald. Donald was the second ACC player in three years to win the honor, joining Boston College’s Luke Kuechly, who won it in 2012.
5 - The number of ACC players who will attend this year’s NFL Draft in Chicago. Heading to the windy city are Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley, Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker, Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving, Duke offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson and Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson.
6 – Six current ACC schools have had a player selected as the first overall pick including Miami (Vinnie Testaverde, 1986 and Russell Maryland,1991); NC State (Mario Williams, 2006); Pitt (Tony Dorsett, 1977); Syracuse (Ernie Davis, 1962); Virginia (Bill Dudley, 1942); and Virginia Tech (Bruce Smith, 1985 and Michael Vick, 2001).
8 – The number of No. 1 overall selections in the NFL Draft of players from current ACC schools. The last time an ACC player was the first player taken in the NFL Draft was NC State’s Mario Williams, who was taken fi rst by the Houston Texans in the 2006 NFL Draft.
8.5 – The average number of 2015 first-round draft pick projections for the ACC from the mock drafts of the six draft experts of the NFL.com. Brian Baldinger projected the ACC would have 10 first-round selections, while Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah and Charley Casserly each projected nine picks. Lance Zielein and Bucky Brooks had the ACC for seven first-rounders. In all, 13 different ACC players were tabbed to be first round picks by at least one member of the six-team panel.
10 – The ACC has had 31 or more players selected in each of the last 10 NFL Drafts. That streak began in 2005. Only one other conference has had a longer streak.
11 – The most number of players selected from an ACC team in the NFL Draft. Set originally by Maryland in 1975 when the draft was 17 rounds, it was tied by Florida State in 2013 in a seven-round draft.
12 – When 12 ACC players were selected in the 2006 NFL Draft, it was an NFL record for the most first-round selections by a conference. This NFL record was tied by the SEC in 2013.
14 – The number of ACC players selected among the top five prospects at their positions in this year’s NFL Draft as selected by draft expert Mike Mayock of the NFL Network. That ties for the most by any conference in the nation.
18 – Over the past two years, Florida State has had 18 players selected in the NFL Draft, the most of any college football program.
22 – Since the NFL went to a seven-round draft in 1994, this is the ACC record for most draftees by a school in a three-year period and was set by Florida State in the 2012 through 2014 drafts. Clemson had 22 players selected during the 1982-84 drafts when the draft lasted 12 rounds. Maryland had 23 players selected during the 1954-56 drafts, when the draft lasted 30 rounds.
28 – Since the NFL went to a seven-round draft format in 1994, the record for a school for the most NFL draftees in a three-year period. Miami (2002-2004) set the mark during the 2002-2004 drafts and Southern California (2008-10) later tied it. Florida State has had 18 players selected in the past two seasons and could challenge the mark this year.
31 – Both Florida State and Virginia have had at least one player selected in every NFL draft since 1983, a span of 31 consecutive years.
40 – Miami has had a player selected in the NFL Draft in each of the last 40 years, or every year beginning with the 1975 draft.
42 – The number of ACC players chosen in the 2014 NFL Draft, the second highest total for any conference nationally.
51 – Beginning with the 2006 NFL Draft, the ACC has had 51 players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, the second-highest total by any conference nationally.
56 - Since the common NFL Draft began in 1966, Miami is tied with Ohio State for second place in most first-round draft picks with 56 (Southern California leads with 66). Florida State is sixth with 40. Overall, Miami has had 60 first-round draft picks and 318 overall players drafted, the most of any ACC school. FSU is next with 40 and 245 overall selections.
354 – Since 2005, the ACC has had 354 players drafted, the second-highest total of any conference and 41 more draftees than the next closest conference.