Ranking: College Football Programs That Produced the Most 2013 NFL Draft Picks

Jonathan McDanalContributor IIIApril 28, 2013

Ranking: College Football Programs That Produced the Most 2013 NFL Draft Picks

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    The SEC once again dominated the NFL draft, this time with 63 players selected to don professional threads. The ACC came in a close second with 31, and the Pac-12 rounded out the top three with 28 pro players of its own.

    While the SEC may have dominated the draft and the college football landscape over the past few seasons, but the team that owned the draft individually hasn't even appeared in a national championship game in over a decade.

    If that's any indication of the strength that the team has in its locker room right now, then the SEC had better watch its back.

    *All draft information was collected live but were verified via CBSSports.com.

    *In case of curiosity, here are the full FBS conference rankings:

    1. SEC with 63.
    2. ACC with 31.
    3. Pac-12 with 28.
    4. Big 12 and Big Ten with 22 each.
    6. Big East with 19.
    7. Conference USA with eight.
    8. MAC and MWC with seven each.
    10. WAC with six.
    11. Sun Belt with four.

Honorable Mention: 1 Pick (Tied for 52nd Place)

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    There were 60 teams that produced only one draft pick apiece. Out of the 61 teams, only four had players picked in the first round. Here are those teams in alphabetical order:

    Arkansas State
    Arkansas Pine-Bluff
    Auburn
    Baylor
    Boise State
    Bowling Green
    Buffalo
    BYU (First-round pick)
    California (PA)
    Central Michigan (Eric Fisher to Kansas City Chiefs as the first overall pick of the 2013 draft.)
    Chadron State
    Cincinnati
    Cornell
    CSU-Pueblo
    Duke
    East Central
    Elon
    Florida A&M
    Fresno State
    Georgia Southern
    Grand Valley State
    Harding
    Harvard
    Houston (First-round pick)
    Illinois State
    Iowa
    Jacksonville State
    James Madison
    Kansas
    Kent State
    Kentucky
    Marshall
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    Miami (OH)
    Missouri Southern State
    Missouri Western State
    New Hampshire
    New Mexico State
    Northeastern State
    Ohio
    Oklahoma State
    Princeton
    Purdue
    Richmond
    Samford
    San Jose State
    SMU
    Southeastern Louisiana
    Southern Miss
    Southern Utah
    Tarleton State
    Tennessee-Martin
    Valdosta State
    Virginia Tech
    Wake Forest
    Washington (First-round pick)
    Washington State
    Western Kentucky
    William & Mary

Honorable Mention: 2 Picks (Tied for 35th Place)

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    The list of two-pick schools is much shorter at 17:

    Appalachian State
    Colorado
    Florida International
    Iowa State
    Louisiana Tech
    Miami (FL)
    Michigan
    Missouri (First-round pick)
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    Oregon State
    TCU
    UCF
    Utah (First-round pick)
    Utah State
    Vanderbilt
    Virginia

Honorable Mention: 3 Picks (Tied for 21st Place)

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    The 14 schools that had three picks each are the first-runners-up to the main rankings in this piece. They are:

    Kansas State
    Michigan State
    Mississippi State
    NC State
    Ohio State
    Penn State
    Rice
    San Diego State
    South Florida
    Stanford
    Syracuse (First-round pick)
    Texas (First-round pick)
    West Virginia (First-round pick)
    Wisconsin (First-round pick)

T-13: USC Trojans (4 Picks)

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    USC tied with 16 other teams for the 13th spot on this ranked list. The Trojans started a little slow, but made up for it in the long run.

    Every player that was selected from USC went in the top half of the draft. At least the quality was high, even if the quantity wasn't there this time around.

    With sanctions lifted from the program, expect these numbers to go up in the near future.

     

    USC's 2013 draftees:

    Robert Woods went to the Buffalo Bills in Round 2 as pick No. 41.

    T.J. McDonald went to the St. Louis Rams in Round 3 as pick No. 71.

    Matt Barkley went to the Philadelphia Eagles in Round 4 as pick No. 98.

    Khaled Holmes went to the Indianapolis Colts in Round 4 as pick No. 121.

T-13: UCLA Bruins (4 Picks)

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    UCLA is rising in the Pac-12, and the Bruins proved that by earning a spot in the conference title game against Stanford last season.

    The talent at UCLA did not escape the notice of NFL scouts, and the Bruins turned in four draft picks beginning with Datone Jones in the first round. They are also tied for 13th on this list.

     

    UCLA's 2013 draftees:

    Datone Jones went to the Green Bay Packers in Round 1 as pick No. 26.

    Johnathan Franklin went to the Green Bay Packers in Round 4 as pick No. 125.

    Jeff Locke went to the Minnesota Vikings in Round 5 as pick No. 155.

    Jeff Baca went to the Minnesota Vikings in Round 6 as pick No. 196.

T-13: Tennessee Volunteers (4 Picks)

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    Tennessee couldn't make much of anything happen in terms of wins over the past few seasons, but lack of talent was definitely not the issue.

    Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter were valuable parts of the Volunteers offense, and the fans will miss them on the college football field in 2013.

    Even during some of the darkest times Tennessee has seen, the Vols still attract first-round NFL talent. That's not something a lot of schools can say.

     

    Tennessee's 2013 draftees:

    Cordarrelle Patterson went to the Minnesota Vikings in Round 1 as pick No. 29.

    Justin Hunter went to the Tennessee Titans in Round 2 as pick No. 34.

    Dallas Thomas went to the Miami Dolphins in Round 3 as pick No. 77.

    Mychal Rivera went to the Oakland Raiders in Round 6 as pick No. 184.

T-13: Illinois Fighting Illini (4 Picks)

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    Illinois is another team that one wouldn't expect to see a lot of NFL talent on these days. Historically, the Illini have done well, but they won only two games in 2012.

    Illinois can still have a bright future in football, of course, and the first step will be pointing to their alumni in the NFL.

    That list just got longer in 2013's draft.

     

    Illinois' 2013 draftees:

    Hugh Thornton went to the Indianapolis Colts in Round 3 as pick No. 86.

    Akeem Spence went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Round 4 as pick No. 100.

    Terry Hawthorne went to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 5 as pick No. 150.

    Michael Buchanan went to the New England Patriots in Round 7 as pick No. 226.

T-13: Clemson Tigers (4 Picks)

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    The Clemson Tigers still have a lot of talent and depth on their collegiate roster, which is impressive once you look at the names they lost this draft.

    The Tigers are ACC contenders, and they will put even more talent into the pros in 2014. For now, though, a four-pick showing during a year when they kept most of their talent is going to help them a lot on the recruiting trail.

    If they are going to overtake the Florida State Seminoles, they are going to need all the advantages they can muster.

     

    Clemson's 2013 draftees:

    DeAndre Hopkins went to the Houston Texans in Round 1 as pick No. 27.

    Malliciah Goodman went to the Atlanta Falcons in Round 4 as pick No. 127.

    Jonathan Meeks went to the Buffalo Bills in Round 5 as pick No. 143.

    Andre Ellington went to the Arizona Cardinals in Round 6 as pick No. 187.

T-13: California Golden Bears (4 Picks)

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    Cal had a disappointing season in 2012, but the staff shuffle that took place as a result will have the fanbase salivating for the 2013 college season.

    Unfortunately, some big names for Cal entered the draft and will be playing on Sundays. Some players, like Kennan Allen, may have been drafted lower than they should have been, but Cal fans can just watch their beloved players wow the crowds in the NFL.

    Allen could be one of the top-10 steals of the draft before his career is over.


    California's 2013 draftees:

    Keenan Allen went to the San Diego Chargers in Round 3 as pick No. 76.

    Brian Schwenke went to the Tennessee Titans in Round 4 as pick No. 107.

    Steve Williams went to the San Diego Chargers in Round 5 as pick No. 145.

    Marc Anthony went to the Baltimore Ravens in Round 7 as pick No. 247.

T-13: Arkansas Razorbacks (4 Picks)

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    Arkansas players all over the roster suffered from the Petrino fallout and the John L. Smith takeover. Tyler Wilson, Cobi Hamilton and Knile Davis should have been leaders on one of the top teams in the SEC in 2012, but that's not how things happened at all.

    At least they did get the chance to sniff an NFL roster. The rest is up to them. With hard work and diligent study, all four of these Razorbacks could become familiar names before long.

     

    Arkansas' 2013 draftees:

    Knile Davis went to the Kansas City Chiefs in Round 3 as pick No. 96.

    Tyler Wilson went to the Oakland Raiders in Round 4 as pick No. 112.

    Cobi Hamilton went to the Cincinnati Bengals in Round 6 as pick No. 197.

    Chris Gragg went to the Buffalo Bills in Round 7 as pick No. 222.

T-10: UNC Tar Heels (5 Picks)

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    The UNC Tar Heels pumped a lot of players into the draft, and they surprised many by posting two first-round picks. Why should that surprise anyone?

    Well, including Jonathan Cooper and Sylvester Williams, North Carolina has put 24 men into the first round of the NFL draft all time. From 2008-2013, UNC had only four players go in the initial round of the draft.

    In total, the Tar Heels pumped five players into the draft this cycle, and that's good for a three-way tie for 10th place on this list.

     

    UNC's 2013 draftees:

    Jonathan Cooper went to the Arizona Cardinals in Round 1 as pick No. 7.

    Sylvester Williams went to the Denver Broncos in Round 1 as pick No. 28.

    Giovani Bernard went to the Cincinnati Bengals in Round 2 as pick No. 37.

    Brennan Williams went to the Houston Texans in Round 3 as pick No. 89.

    Travis Bond went to the Minnesota Vikings in Round 7 as pick No. 214.

T-10: Texas A&M Aggies (5 Picks)

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    Texas A&M took the SEC by storm in 2012, and the Aggies followed that up with a 10th-place finish in the 2013 college draft rankings as well.

    The Aggies pushed five players from college to the pro level, and Luke Joeckel was the first Aggie drafted. Texas A&M had one player selected in each of the first four rounds.

    If the Aggies brought this kind of quality into the SEC, there's no telling how far up this list they can get with the help of the SEC name.

     

    Texas A&M's 2013 draftees:

    Luke Joeckel went to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Round 1 as pick No. 2.

    Christine Michael went to the Seattle Seahawks in Round 2 as pick No. 62.

    Damontre Moore went to the New York Giants in Round 3 as pick No. 81.

    Sean Porter went to the Cincinnati Bengals in Round 4 as pick No. 118.

    Ryan Swope went to the Arizona Cardinals in Round 6 as pick No. 174.

T-10: Oregon Ducks (5 Picks)

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    Oregon had a great run under Chip Kelly, and this draft cycle is yet another product of the Oregon combo of rushing offense and total defense.

    Oregon put some potential greats into the NFL, and the Ducks sent three within the first 50 picks (two in the first round alone.)

    With five total players, Oregon is the final member of the three-way tie at No. 10.

     

    Oregon's 2013 draftees:

    Dion Jordan went to the Miami Dolphins in Round 1 as pick No. 3.

    Kyle Long went to the Chicago Bears in Round 1 as pick No. 20.

    Kiko Alonso went to the Buffalo Bills in Round 2 as pick No. 46.

    Kenjon Barner went to the Carolina Panthers in Round 6 as pick No. 182.

    Josh Boyett went to the Indianapolis Colts in Round 6 as pick No. 192.

T-10: Connecticut Huskies (5 Picks)

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    Correction: Ryan Griffin (TE, UConn) was selected by the Houston Texans in Round 6, not Ryan Griffin (QB, Tulane) as reported by CBSSports.com.

    UConn was another slow starter this draft, but the Huskies got a lot done in the third round. As Round 3 got going, it looked like it was going to consist of just about everyone that was leaving the program.

    The Huskies had three picked in the third, and their fourth player was selected in the fourth round. They were another squad that put out good quality mostly in the first half of the draft. The straggler, Ryan Griffin came out in the sixth round to push UConn into the top 10 on this list.

     

    Connecticut's 2013 draftees:

    Dwayne Gratz went to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Round 3 as pick No. 64.

    Sio Moore went to the Oakland Raiders in Round 3 as pick No. 66.

    Blidi Wreh-Wilson went to the Tennessee Titans in Round 3 as pick No. 70.

    Trevardo Williams went to the Houston Texans in Round 4 as pick No. 124.

    Ryan Griffin went to the Houston Texans in Round 6 as pick No. 201.

T-8: Oklahoma Sooners (6 Picks)

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    Oklahoma is a perennial contender in the Big 12, and a large part of success in any major conference is recruiting and developing talent.

    The Sooners dropped six players off in NFL locker rooms this cycle, and there is still plenty of talent left on the roster.

    While they may be rebuilding at quarterback, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be busy developing the Sooners' most recent signal-caller and the Philadelphia Eagles will be working on Lane Johnson.

    Oklahoma will be a staple somewhere on this list every year that it continues to be one of the best teams in the Big 12.

     

    Oklahoma's 2013 draftees:

    Lane Johnson went to the Philadelphia Eagles in Round 1 as pick No. 4.

    Landry Jones went to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 4 as pick No. 115.

    Kenny Stills went to the New Orleans Saints in Round 5 as pick No. 144.

    Justin Brown went to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 6 as pick No. 186.

    Stacy McGee went to the Oakland Raiders in Round 6 as pick No. 205.

    David King went to the Philadelphia Eagles in Round 7 as pick No. 239.

T-8: Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6 Picks)

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    Notre Dame just came off a huge season in 2012, and that helped a lot of its players get opportunities in the NFL.

    Tyler Eifert, Manti Te'o and Theo Riddick are arguably the biggest names to get in, but Jamoris Slaughter was an integral part of Notre Dame's run to the national championship game.

    Brian Kelly has created something special in South Bend, and the only question remaining is whether he can sustain that success. Based on the draft picks following Kelly's third season with the program, the answer is yes.

     

    Notre Dame's 2013 draftees:

    Tyler Eifert went to the Cincinnati Bengals in Round 1 as pick No. 21.

    Manti Te'o went to the San Diego Chargers in Round 2 as pick No. 38.

    Jamoris Slaughter went to the Cleveland Browns in Round 6 as pick No. 175.

    Theo Riddick went to the Detroit Lions in Round 6 as pick No. 199.

    Kapron Lewis-Moore went to the Baltimore Ravens in Round 6 as pick No. 200.

    Zeke Motta went to the Atlanta Falcons in Round 7 as pick No. 244.

T-6: South Carolina Gamecocks (7 Picks)

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    We are into the final seven teams, only two of which are not from the SEC. South Carolina made it into the top six without even using its greatest asset, Jadeveon Clowney.

    He is not eligible for the draft until the end of the 2013 season. The Gamecocks were overlooked in the odd-numbered rounds (except No. 7), but they made up for lost time in the other ones.

    The Gamecocks have a good shot at the 2013 SEC Championship Game. If that happens, look for even more picks in next year's draft. For now, they'll have to settle for a tie in the sixth position of the rankings.

     

    South Carolina's 2013 draftees:

    D.J. Swearinger went to the Houston Texans in Round 2 as pick No. 57.

    Ace Sanders went to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Round 4 as pick No. 101.

    Marcus Lattimore went to the San Francisco 49ers in Round 4 as pick No. 131.

    Devin Taylor went to the Detroit Lions in Round 4 as pick No. 132.

    DeVonte Holloman went to the Dallas Cowboys in Round 6 as pick No. 185.

    T.J. Johnson went to the Cincinnati Bengals in Round 7 as pick No. 251.

    Justice Cunningham went to the Indianapolis Colts in Round 7 as pick No. 254.

T-6: Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7 Picks)

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    Rutgers made a serious seventh-round surge to win this spot. At the end of Round 4, the Scarlet Knights had just three players drafted.

    Rutgers had a chance to win the Big East in 2012, and now they will never win it again. Of course, they can certainly contend for the American Athletic Conference title. (That's the new name of the old Big East.)

    The Knights may not have beaten Louisville on the football field, but they destroyed the Cardinals 7-0 in the draft.

     

    Rutgers' 2013 draftees:

    Logan Ryan went to the New England Patriots in Round 3 as pick No. 83.

    Duron Harmon went to the New England Patriots in Round 3 as pick No. 91.

    Khaseem Greene went to the Chicago Bears in Round 4 as pick No. 117.

    D.C. Jefferson went to the Arizona Cardinals in Round 7 as pick No. 219.

    Jawan Jamison went to the Washington Redskins in Round 7 as pick No. 228.

    Steve Beauharnais went to the New England Patriots in Round 7 as pick No. 235.

    Marcus Cooper went to the San Francisco 49ers in Round 7 as pick No. 252.

T-4: Georgia Bulldogs (8 Picks)

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    Georgia finished the 2012 season extremely close to an SEC title, and finished the draft just as close to being the most productive SEC team in the draft as well.

    The Bulldogs tied for fourth place with another conference power from the same division. Fittingly, the SEC East powers trailed behind the second-place SEC West powers by only one draftee.

    Georgia started strong in the first round, but inexplicably missed out on the second round entirely. In fact, out of every two rounds, the Bulldogs only had players drafted in four of the seven rounds. They missed out on the fourth and seventh rounds as well.

    The Bulldogs still put eight players into the NFL without using the seventh round to boost its stats.

     

    Georgia's 2013 draftees:

    Jarvis Jones went to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 1 as pick No. 17.

    Alec Ogletree went to the St. Louis Rams in Round 1 as pick No. 30.

    Johnathan Jenkins went to the New Orleans Saints in Round 3 as pick No. 82.

    Shawn Williams went to the Cincinnati Bengals in Round 3 as pick No. 84.

    Sanders Commings went to the Kansas City Chiefs in Round 5 as pick No. 134.

    Tavarres King went to the Denver Broncos in Round 5 as pick No. 161.

    Cornelius Washington went to the Chicago Bears in Round 6 as pick No. 188.

    Bacarri Rambo went to the Washington Redskins in Round 6 as pick No. 191.

T-4: Florida Gators (8 Picks)

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    Florida came close to playing in the 2012 SEC Championship Game, but was edged out by the Georgia Bulldogs.

    In further confirmation of the programs' on-field similarity in power, both programs tied for fourth place on this list with eight draft picks in the 2013 cycle.

    Like Georgia, Florida didn't need the seventh round to make the list, but Florida's advantage was that it had at least one player drafted in all of the first six rounds.

     

    Florida's 2013 draftees:

    Sharrif Floyd went to the Minnesota Vikings in Round 1 as pick No. 23.

    Matt Elam went to the Baltimore Ravens in Round 1 as pick No. 32.

    Jonathan Bostic went to the Chicago Bears in Round 2 as pick No. 50.

    Jordan Reed went to the Washington Redskins in Round 3 as pick No. 85.

    Jelani Jenkins went to the Miami Dolphins in Round 4 as pick No. 104.

    Mike Gillislee went to the Miami Dolphins in Round 5 as pick No. 164.

    Caleb Sturgis went to the Miami Dolphins in Round 5 as pick No. 166.

    Josh Evans went to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Round 6 as pick No. 169.

T-2: LSU Tigers (9 Picks)

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    LSU has been a large part of the SEC's dominance over the past 10 years, and Les Miles has sustained an incredible level of success at LSU.

    That continued on draft weekend, as LSU pumped nine players into the NFL, including one Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu was not playing football at LSU this past season, but he had made enough of a name for himself on the field that he still went in Round 3.

    LSU's defensive superiority was all over this draft, and Barkevious Mingo was just one of many defensive stars to leave the Tigers through this draft.

    If recent history tells us anything, it's that Miles and Co. have plenty more where these came from.

     

    LSU's 2013 draftees:

    Barkevious Mingo went to the Cleveland Browns in Round 1 as pick No. 6.

    Eric Reid went to the San Francisco 49ers in Round 1 as pick No. 18.

    Kevin Minter went to the Arizona Cardinals in Round 2 as pick No. 45.

    Bennie Logan went to the Philadelphia Eagles in Round 3 as pick No. 67.

    Tyrann Mathieu went to the Arizona Cardinals in Round 3 as pick No. 69.

    Sam Montgomery went to the Houston Texans in Round 3 as pick No. 95.

    Tharold Simon went to the Seattle Seahawks in Round 5 as pick No. 138.

    Lavar Edwards went to the Tennessee Titans in Round 5 as pick No. 142.

    Spencer Ware went to the Seattle Seahawks in Round 6 as pick No. 194.

T-2: Alabama Crimson Tide (9 Picks)

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    Alabama's dominance in the SEC has brought it three national titles in the past four years. The Tide continuously reload talent at almost every position on the field.

    Alabama led the draft last season. Theoretically, that trend was going to continue in 2013, but somebody else had other things in mind.

    Alabama doesn't lose often, but it handily lost to the No. 1 team on this list.

     

    Alabama's 2013 draftees:

    Dee Milliner went to the New York Jets in Round 1 as pick No. 9.

    Chance Warmack went to the Tennessee Titans in Round 1 as pick No. 10.

    D.J. Fluker went to the San Diego Chargers in Round 1 as pick No. 11.

    Eddie Lacy went to the Green Bay packers in Round 2 as pick No. 61.

    Nico Johnson went to the Kansas City Chiefs in Round 4 as pick No. 99.

    Barrett Jones went to the St. Louis Rams in Round 4 as pick No. 113.

    Jesse Williams went to the Seattle Seahawks in Round 5 as pick No. 137.

    Quinton Dial went to the San Francisco 49ers in Round 5 as pick No. 157.

    Michael Williams went to the Detroit Lions in Round 7 as pick No. 211.

1. Florida State Seminoles (11 Picks)

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    Florida State fans, rejoice! The Seminoles have become one of the two teams to beat Alabama in the past 12 months.

    Texas A&M did it on the field, but Florida State just did it in the draft. Entering the sixth round, Alabama and LSU both had the lead on Florida State, 8-7.

    Florida State added three in the sixth round to take the 10-8 lead over 'Bama (10-9 over LSU). Both Alabama and Florida State had one player each drafted in the seventh round, which gave FSU the 11-9 lead over the Tide and the Tigers.

    It was close, but Florida State's sixth-round performance sealed the deal for the ACC. It may not have been the top conference, but the No. 1 team was one of its own.

     

    Florida State's 2013 draftees:

    EJ Manuel went to the Buffalo Bills in Round 1 as pick No. 16.

    Bjoern Werner went to the Indianapolis Colts in Round 1 as pick No. 24.

    Xavier Rhodes went to the Minnesota Vikings in Round 1 as pick No. 25.

    Cornelius (Tank) Carradine went to the San Francisco 49ers in Round 2 as pick No. 40.

    Menelik Watson went to the Oakland Raiders in Round 2 as pick No. 42.

    Chris Thompson went to the Washington Redskins in Round 5 as pick No. 154.

    Brandon Jenkins went to the Washington Redskins in Round 5 as pick No. 162.

    Dustin Hopkins went to the Buffalo Bills in Round 6 as pick No. 177.

    Nick Moody went to the San Francisco 49ers in Round 6 as pick No. 180.

    Vince Williams went to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 6 as pick No. 206.

    Everett Dawkins went to the Minnesota Vikings in Round 7 as pick No. 229.