17 from ACC selected in first two days of the 2018 NFL Draft
The ACC had four players chosen in the second round and seven players in the third round. Combined with its six first-round selections on Thursday, the ACC has had 17 players chosen in the draft in the first three rounds, the second-highest total of any conference.
When Miami DE Chad Thomas was selected on the third round of the draft as the 67th overall pick by the Cleveland Browns, he continued a streak that has seen the Hurricanes have a player chosen in each draft every year since 1974, or 44 consecutive years.
Florida State continued its own streak of 34 straight drafts with a player chosen when S Derwin James was taken 17th overall in the first round by the L.A. Chargers. FSU’s streak ranks second among all ACC teams. The Seminoles also saw DT Derek Nnadi drafted in the third round.
Three members of NC State’s defensive line were drafted in defensive end Bradley Chubb, defensive tackle B.J. Hill and defensive tackle Justin Jones.
Chubb was selected fifth overall by the Denver Broncos. The 2017 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Chubb was a consensus first-team All-American who set the NC State career with 60 tackles for loss and 26 sacks. Chubb broke the records previously held by Mario Williams, the No. 1 pick in the 2006 NFL draft. Chubb is the Wolfpack’s 16th overall first-round draft pick and the highest selection from NC State since Williams in 2006.
On Thursday, the six Atlantic Coast Conference football players chosen in the first round of the Draft, brought the ACC’s total to 79 first-round draftees in the last 14 years.
Included in that total was the first pair of brothers ever chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft, when Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds was taken 16th overall by the Buffalo Bills and his brother, S Terrell Edmunds, was selected 28th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander was picked 18th by the Green Bay Packers. With the final pick of the first round at No. 32, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was picked by the Baltimore Ravens, giving the Cardinals two first-round selections for the first time since 2014. The Cardinals later had a third player chosen, when T Geron Christian was selected in the third round by the Washington Redskins.
Boston College had two players chosen: DE/OLB Harold Landry in the second round and CB Isaac Yiadom as the 99th overall selection in the third round.
With OLB Dorian O’Daniel selected as the 100th overall and final pick in the third round, Clemson continued its streak of 16 consecutive years with a player selected in the NFL Draft. Since 2010, the Tigers have had 45 players drafted.
Three other ACC schools each had one player drafted in North Carolina (M.J. Stewart, 2nd round), Pitt (Brian O’Neill, 2nd round) and Wake Forest (Jessie Bates III, 2nd round),
ACC Selections in the Rounds 1-3 of the NFL Draft
Rd. – Overall Pick, Name, Position, School, NFL Team
1 – 5, Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State, Denver
1 – 16, Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech,
1 – 17, Derwin James, S, Florida State, Los Angeles Chargers
1 – 18, Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville, Green Bay
1 – 28, Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh
1 – 32, Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville, Baltimore
2 – 41, Harold Landry, DE-OLB, Boston College, Tennessee
2 – 53, M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina, Tampa Bay
2 – 54, Jessie Bates III, S, Wake Forest, Cincinnati
2 — 62, Brian O’Neill, T, Pitt, Minnesota
3 – 67, Chad Thomas, DE, Miami, Cleveland
3 – 69, B.J. Hill, DT, NC State, New York Giants
3 – 74, Geron Christian, T, Louisville, Washington
3 – 75, Derek Nnadi, DT, Florida State, Kansas City
3 – 84, Justin Jones, DT, NC State, L.A. Chargers
3 – 99, Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College, Denver Broncos
3 – 100, Dorian O’Daniel, OLB, Clemson, Kansas City