The 2013 NFL draft first round is complete, and Thursday night’s proceedings had no shortage of surprises. The first-ever No. 1 overall selection of a Mid-American Conference prospect set the tone for an unpredictable night.
…selections made from SEC programs. Twelve ties the all-time record for most first round selections from any one conference, set by the ACC in 2003.
…the difference between conference members in the SEC draft class of 2013, and the ACC draft class of 2003. With 14 members, the SEC had a much deeper talent pool from which to select. But that said, the 2003 ACC drafting spree was fueled largely by one program, the Miami Hurricanes. The SEC was well-represented in Thursday’s NFL draft first round.
…different SEC teams sent alumni to the NFL via the first round. They were Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
…the amount of draftees from the second-most well-represented conference, the ACC. Clemson, North Carolina and Florida State accounted for the league’s selections.
…the most first round selections of any program, as well as the number of Alabama Crimson Tide players selected in a row. The Florida State Seminoles matched Alabama’s three first rounders, and had two straight selections at No. 24 and 25.
…representative per conference for the MAC, Conference USA and Big Ten. Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher went off the board at No. 1, and Houston Cougars cornerback D.J. Hayden was selected at No. 12.
The Big Ten avoided the first round goose egg with the drafting of Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Travis Frederick at the penultimate selection.
…offensive linemen were drafted in the first round. Before Frederick at No. 31, eight went by No. 20.
…the average weight of the nine offensive linemen drafted in the first round.
…is the difference in weight between the average first round linemen selected, and West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin.
…guards were drafted in the top 10: North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper, and Alabama’s Chance Warmack.
…years passed since the last time a guard went in the top 10; that was Colorado Buffaloes product Chris Naeole in 1997.
…the average star rating of the 2013 NFL draft first round class coming out of high school.