NFL Draft 2012: Luke Kuechly, David Wilson, Andre Branch Among 31 ACC Players Selected

Luke Kuechly Headlines a Long List of ACC Football Players Drafted By NFL Teams This Weekend

The 2012 NFL Draft is officially in the books, after 253 selections from the NFL’s 32 franchises. In total, the ACC saw 31 players chosen in this year’s draft — 33, if you include the two draftees from Syracuse (for argument’s sake, we will here). That number — regardless of which you decide to use — puts the conference behind just the SEC and Big Ten in terms of NFL-bound talent this season. While not the only thing that counts by any means, moving players on to the NFL resonates with potential recruits, and does help all 14 schools in one way or another.

We’ve included various breakdowns below — from school-by-school, to conference comparisons, an NFL team-by-team list, as well as the full roster of ACC players chosen between Thursday and Saturday. Also, stop by later on, to see our compilation of the most confusing non-selections from the ACC.

First 10 ACC Players Selected

No. 9 overall (Round 1): Luke Kuechly, ILB/Boston College, selected by the Carolina Panthers

No. 16 overall (Round 1): Quinton Coples DE/North Carolina, selected by the New York Jets

No. 21 overall (Round 1): Chandler Jones, DE/Syracuse, selected by the New England Patriots

No. 32 overall (Round 1): David Wilson, RB/Virginia Tech, selected by the New York Giants

No. 38 overall (Round 2): Andre Branch, DE/Clemson, selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars

No. 43 overall (Round 2): Stephen Hill, WR/Georgia Tech, selected by the New York Jets

No. 52 overall (Round 2): Zach Brown, OLB/North Carolina, selected by the Tennessee Titans

No. 64 overall (Round 3): Dwayne Allen, TE/Clemson, selected by the Indianapolis Colts

No. 69 overall (Round 3): T.J. Graham, WR/NC State, selected by the Buffalo Bills

No. 72 overall (Round 3): Olivier Vernon, DE/Miami (FL), selected by the Miami Dolphins

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Breakdown by School

6: Miami (FL)

5: NC State

4: Clemson, Florida State, Wake Forest

3: Virginia Tech

2: North Carolina, Syracuse

1: Boston College, Georgia Tech, Virginia

0: Duke, Maryland, Pittsburgh

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Conferences With Most Players Selected

SEC: 42

Big Ten: 41

ACC: 31 (33)

Pac-12: 28

Big 12: 25

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NFL Teams With Multiple ACC Selections

*In all, 21 NFL teams selected former ACC football players. Of these 21 teams, six made multiple selections. They were:

3: New York Giants, New York Jets

2: Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins

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Full List of ACC Players Selected

No. 9 overall (Round 1): Luke Kuechly, ILB/Boston College — Panthers
No. 16 overall (Round 1): Quinton Coples DE/North Carolina — Jets
No. 21 overall (Round 1): Chandler Jones, DE/Syracuse — Patriots
No. 32 overall (Round 1): David Wilson, RB/Virginia Tech — Giants
No. 38 overall (Round 2): Andre Branch, DE/Clemson — Jaguars
No. 43 overall (Round 2): Stephen Hill, WR/Georgia Tech — Jets
No. 52 overall (Round 2): Zach Brown, OLB/North Carolina — Titans
No. 64 overall (Round 3): Dwayne Allen, TE/Clemson — Colts
No. 69 overall (Round 3): TJ Graham, WR/NC State — Bills
No. 72 overall (Round 3): Olivier Vernon, DE/Miami (FL) — Dolphins
No. 86 overall (Round 3): Sean Spence, LB/Miami (FL) — Steelers
No. 93 overall (Round 3): Brandon Thompson, DT/Clemson — Bengals
No. 94 overall (Round 3): Jayron Hosley, CB/Virginia Tech — Giants
No. 96 overall (Round 4): Chris Givens, WR/Wake Forest — Rams
No. 97 overall (Round 4): Lamar Miller, RB/Miami (FL) — Dolphins
No. 100 overall (Round 4): Travis Benjamin, WR/Miami (FL) — Browns
No. 105 overall (Round 4): Nigel Bradham, OLB/Florida St. — Bills
No. 113 overall (Round 4): Kyle Wilber, OLB/Wake Forest — Cowboys
No. 115 overall (Round 4): Coty Sensabaugh, CB/Clemson — Titans
No. 117 overall (Round 4): Joe Looney, OG/Wake Forest — 49ers
No. 144 overall (Round 5): Zebrie Sanders, OT/Florida State — Bills
No. 152 overall (Round 5): Danny Doale, WR/Virginia Tech — Cowboys
No. 163 overall (Round 5): Terrell Manning, OLB/NC State — Packers
No. 176 overall (Round 6): Mike Harris, CB/Florida State — Jaguars
No. 179 overall (Round 6): Andrew Tiller, OG/Syracuse — Saints
No. 187 overall (Round 6): Josh Bush, S/Wake Forest — Jets
No. 198 overall (Round 6): Tommy Streeter, WR/Miami (FL) — Ravens
No. 200 overall (Round 6): Brandon Washington, OG/Miami (FL) — Eagles
No. 210 overall (Round 7): Audie Cole, ILB/NC State — Vikings
No. 225 overall (Round 7): J.R. Sweezy, DE/NC State — Seahawks
No. 237 overall (Round 7): Cam Johnson, DE/Virginia — 49ers
No. 239 overall (Round 7): Markus Kuhn, DT/NC State — Giants
No. 241 overall (Round 7): Andrew Datko, OT/Florida State — Packers

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