NFL Draft 2013: Jonathan Cooper, EJ Manuel, Bjoern Werner Among 34 ACC Players Selected

EJ Manuel Was One of 34 ACC Players Selected During Last Week's NFL Draft

Former FSU QB EJ Manuel Was One of 34 ACC Players Selected During Last Week’s NFL Draft

The 2013 NFL Draft is officially in the books after 254 selections from the NFL’s 32 franchises. In total, the ACC saw 31 players chosen in this year’s draft — 34, if you include the three draftees from Syracuse (and for argument’s sake, we will here). That number — regardless of which you decide to use — puts the conference behind just behind the more highly-regarded SEC 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 (15) 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 list 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, and where those players also ended up.

First 10 ACC Players Selected

No. 7 overall (Round 1): Jonathan Cooper, OG/North Carolina, selected by the Arizona Cardinals

No. 16 overall (Round 1): EJ Manuel, QB/Florida State, selected by the Buffalo Bills

No. 19 overall (Round 1): Justin Pugh, OT/Syracuse, selected by the New York Giants

No. 24 overall (Round 1): Bjoern Werner, DE/Florida State, selected by the Indianapolis Colts

No. 25 overall (Round 1): Xavier Rhodes, CB/Florida State, selected by the Minnesota Vikings

No. 27 overall (Round 1): DeAndre Hopkins, WR/Clemson, selected by the Houston Texans

No. 28 overall (Round 1): Sylvester Williams, DT/North Carolina, selected by the Denver Broncos

No. 37 overall (Round 2): Giovani Bernard, RB/North Carolina, selected by the Cincinnati Bengals

No. 40 overall (Round 2): Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE/Florida State, selected by the San Francisco 49ers

No. 42 overall (Round 2): Menelik Watson, OT/Florida State, selected by the Oakland Raiders

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Breakdown by School

11: Florida State

5: North Carolina

4: Clemson

3: NC State, Syracuse

2: Miami, Virginia Tech

1: Duke, Maryland, Virginia, Wake Forest

0: Boston College, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Pittsburgh

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Conferences With Most Players Selected

SEC: 42

ACC: 31 (34)

Pac-12: 28

Big 12: 22

Big Ten: 20

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NFL Teams With Multiple ACC Selections

In all, 19 different NFL teams selected former ACC football players. Of these 19 teams, six made multiple selections. They were:

3: Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins

2: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New York Giants, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Full List of ACC Players Selected

No. 7 overall (Round 1): Jonathan Cooper, OG/North Carolina — Cardinals
No. 16 overall (Round 1): EJ Manuel, QB/Florida State — Bills
No. 19 overall (Round 1): Justin Pugh, OT/Syracuse — Giants
No. 24 overall (Round 1): Bjoern Werner, DE/Forida State — Colts
No. 25 overall (Round 1): Xavier Rhodes, CB/Florida State — Vikings
No. 27 overall (Round 1): DeAndre Hopkins, WR/Clemson — Texans
No. 28 overall (Round 1): Sylvester Williams, DT/North Carolina — Broncos
No. 37 overall (Round 2): Giovani Bernard, RB/North Carolina — Bengals
No. 40 overall (Round 2): Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE/Florida State — 49ers
No. 42 overall (Round 2): Menelik Watson, OT/Florida State — Raiders
No. 51 overall (Round 2): David Amerson, CB/NC State — Redskins
No. 73 overall (Round 3): Mike Glennon, QB/NC State — Buccaneers
No. 89 overall (Round 3): Brennan Williams, OT/North Carolina — Texans
No. 110 overall (Round 4): Ryan Nassib, QB/Syracuse — Giants
No. 111 overall (Round 4): Shamarko Thomas, S/Syracuse — Steelers
No. 127 overall (Round 4): Malliciah Goodman, DE/Clemson — Falcons
No. 136 overall (Round 5): Earl Wolff, S/NC State — Eagles
No. 141 overall (Round 5): Oday Aboushi, OT/Virginia — Jets
No. 143 overall (Round 5): Jonathan Meeks, S/Clemson — Bills
No. 149 overall (Round 5): Brandon McGee, CB/Miami — Rams
No. 154 overall (Round 5): Chris Thompson, RB/Florida State — Redskins
No. 162 overall (Round 5): Brandon Jenkins, LB/Florida State — Redskins
No. 171 overall (Round 6): Corey Fuller, WR/Virginia Tech — Lions
No. 173 overall (Round 6): Vinston Painter, OT/Virginia Tech — Broncos
No. 177 overall (Round 6): Dustin Hopkins, K/Florida State — Bills
No. 180 overall (Round 6): Nick Moody, LB/Florida State — 49ers
No. 187 overall (Round 6): Andre Ellington, RB/Clemson — Cardinals
No. 189 overall (Round 6): Mike James, RB/Miami — Buccaneers
No. 206 overall (Round 6): Vince Williams, LB/Florida State — Steelers
No. 214 overall (Round 7): Travis Bond, OG/North Carolina — Vikings
No. 215 overall (Round 7): Tommy Bohanon, FB/Wake Forest — Jets
No. 224 overall (Round 7): Kevin Dorsey, WR/Maryland — Packers
No. 229 overall (Round 7): Everett Dawkins, DT/Florida State — Vikings
No. 249 overall (Round 7): Sean Renfree, QB/Duke — Falcons

Mock Draft Score:

By round: 14 out of 34

By exact pick: 1 out of 34

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5 thoughts on “NFL Draft 2013: Jonathan Cooper, EJ Manuel, Bjoern Werner Among 34 ACC Players Selected

  1. ACC is (and has been) the undisputed #2 in terms of NFL talent for years. Now we need to (1) challenge for #1 in the draft again, and (2) be the undisputed #2 on the field as well… until we can take back #1, that is!

    • I think being number one in the draft is more luck of the draw than anything these days. See: this year and Eric Fisher. Not to take anything away from him, but he came out of nowhere to go no. 1 overall. So I don’t think that’s as important or as easy to work toward. Being second-best on the field can happen over time so long as every program invests the ACC’s new revenue stream properly (in football, for now). I don’t see the ACC (or anyone, for that matter) surpassing the SEC, so second-best seems like a decent goal for now. If traditional powers can consistently rack up between nine and 12 wins, and maybe knock off a few non-conference teams in the process (don’t see why not), that’s the only way the ACC competes for that second spot.

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