ACC has 14 selected in first three rounds of 2016 NFL Draft

acc footballThe Atlantic Coast Conference had 14 players chosen in the first three rounds and two days of the 2016 NFL Draft, including 10 draftees on Friday night.

The ACC had six players chosen on the second round of the draft, including three from Clemson in DE Kevin Dodd (Taylors, S.C.), CB Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla.) and S T.J. Green (Sylacauga, Ala.) giving the Tigers four of the Top 57 players in the Draft.

Dodd’s selection, combined with the picks of Louisville’s Sheldon Rankins and the Tigers’ Shaq Lawson in the first round on Thursday night, gives the ACC 27 defensive ends or outside linebackers chosen in the first or second round since 2006, the most of any conference.

 

Joining the Clemson trio on the second round were Pitt WR Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa.), Florida State PK Roberto Aguayo (Mascotte, Fla.) and Georgia Tech DT Adam Gotsis, a native of Abbotsford, Australia.

 

The league also had four picks in the third round and its total of 14 draftees in the first three rounds ranks third among all conferences.

 

Two of the third-round picks were from NC State, and both were selected by the New England Patriots, including in G Joe Thuney (Centerville, Ohio), selected 78th and QB Jacoby Brissett (West Palm Beach, Fla.), who was tabbed 91st.

 

The other two were Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller (Baltimore, Md.) and Boston College S Justin Simmons (Stuart, Fla.), one of the mainstays of a Boston College defense that led the nation in total defense and team tackles for loss.

 

When Fuller was drafted in the third round as the 84th overall selection by the Washington Redskins, he became the fourth Fuller brother to have played at Virginia Tech and be drafted into the NFL. Older brother Vince was a fourth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2005. Older brothers Corey, who was selected in the sixth round by Detroit in 2013 and Kyle, who was tabbed on the first round by the Chicago Bears in 2014, have also been drafted.

 

Fuller’s selection also extended Virginia Tech’s streak of having a player taken in the NFL Draft to 23 consecutive years.

 

The NFL Draft continues on Saturday with the final four rounds of selections beginning at Noon.

 

2016 ACC NFL Early Round Draftees

Rd    No.      Player                                 School              Pos.  Hometown                        NFL team

1st    5           Jalen Ramsey                    Florida State    CB      Smyrna, Tenn.                    Jacksonville Jaguars

1st    12         Sheldon Rankins              Louisville          DE      Covington, Ga.                    New Orleans Saints

1st    19         Shaq Lawson                     Clemson            DE      Central, S.C.                          Buffalo Bills

1st    25         Artie Burns                        Miami                 CB      Miami, Fla.                           Pittsburgh Steelers

2nd 33         Kevin Dodd                        Clemson            DE      Taylors, S.C.                         Tennessee Titans

2nd  54         Mackensie Alexander    Clemson            CB      Immokalee, Fla.                 Minnesota Vikings

2nd  55         Tyler Boyd                         Pitt                      WR    Clairton, Pa.                         Cincinnati Bengals

2nd  57         T.J. Green                            Clemson            S          Sylacauga, Ala.                    Indianapolis Colts

2nd  59         Roberto Aguayo              Florida State    PK      Mascotte, Fla.                      Tampa  Bay Bucs

2nd  62         Adam Gotsis                      Georgia Tech   DT      Abbotsford, Australia      Denver Broncos

3rd   78         Joe Thuney                        NC State             G         Centerville, Ohio               New England Patriots

3rd   84         Kendall Fuller                   Virginia Tech  CB      Baltimore, Md.                   Washington Redskins

3rd   91         Jacoby Brissett                 NC State             QB      West Palm Beach, Fla.    New England Patriots

3rd   98         Justin Simmons               Boston College    S          Stuart, Fla.                            Denver Broncos

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