Wednesday, May 02, 2007

NFL Draft ranking

Thirty one players from the ACC were drafted this past weekend into the NFL. Former Maryland players Josh Wilson and Adam Podlesh were both selected in the second and fourth rounds respectively. Wilson was the first selection of the draft for the Seattle Seahawks with the 55th overall pick and will likley see immediate action as a return specialist and nickle back. Podlesh was the first special teams player selected in the draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Podlesh in the 4th round to correct their woeful punting. They cut punter Chris Hanson, who is probably most famous for nearly chopping his leg off with an axe that Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio brought into the locker room as a motivational ploy and burning himself at a teammates' house in a bizarre fondue accident. Podlesh has been installed as the starter before he even signed.

As for the other football programs with players drafted this is how I'd rank them:

1. Miami
Five players drafted, three in the first round. I'm not sure there has ever been such a mediocre team with that many first round picks. Granted all of them were at the bottom of the first round but still. I don't really see any of this group emerging as high level players in the NFL.

2. FSU
Their program may be in a shambles but the NFL still loves their name. Also had five players selected, all in the first four rounds. Those NFL teams will likely find out the reason the Seminoles have been so mediocre the last few years is that their players were vastly overrated.

3. Clemson
Five players drafted with the fourth overall pick in DE Gaines Adams. Supplemented by three second day selections.

4. Georgia Tech
Only two players selected but Calvin Johnson was the second overall pick and considered the best player in the draft.

5. NC State
Tough decision from this point on. The Wolfpack had three players selected in the 3rd and 4th rounds with no picks higher than 82nd overall. Still it is likely all three will make NFL rosters.

6. Maryland
Only remaining program to have a player picked in the first two rounds. Josh Wilson was the first pick of the Seahawks and Podlesh was the first specialist selected. It is a thin draft but those two points get Maryland this spot.

7. Boston College
Two selections with one each in the 3rd and 4th rounds. OT James Marten picked at 67th overall by Dallas.

8. Virginia Tech
Not much to get excited about. Three picks, none higher than 89th, and even that was a reach for a mediocre safety like Aaron Rouse by Green Bay who may have had the worst draft in the NFL.

9. Wake Forest
Two players who are both long shots to make their teams' roster.

10. Virginia
Two last round selections who will probably both get cut are the total for Al Groh's program. The talent level at UVA has bottomed out after first round picks like D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Heath Miller and 12 drafted players the last two seasons. Little wonder why they were not any good last season.

Neither North Carolina nor Duke had any players drafted.

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