2017 NFL Draft: Ranking The Conferences
Which college football conference won the first 2017 NFL Draft. Where do they all rank in terms of players sent to the next level?
2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings
From the college perspective
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Which conference won the 2017 NFL Draft? Which league had a great weekend to brag about, and which ones have to sort of keep things a bit quiet?
Ranking all the conferences from the most players taken in to the least, who took sent the most talent to the 2017 NFL Draft?
2017 NFL Draft Conference Winners & Rankings: Total Players Taken
11. Independents: 3
Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer is the one who mattered early on, going to Cleveland on Day Two, but BYU RB Jamaal Williams might turn into a star for a Green Bay offense that needs a running back.
Team Winner: Notre Dame, 2 players – QB DeShone Kizer to Cleveland (2), DT Isaac Rochell to LA Chargers (7)
10. Sun Belt: 5
South Alabama TE Gerald Everett went to the Rams early in the second round, and Troy OT Antonio Garcia went in the third to New England. That was about it.
Three other Sun Belt stars from the last few years – Georgia State WR Robert Davis to Washington, Georgia Southern LB Ukeme Eligwe to Kansas City and Louisiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire to the Jets – were all taken late. Watch out, though, for Idaho P/PK Austin Rehkow as a top undraftred free agent.
Team Winner: None. 5 schools with one player each
9: Mountain West: 8
It wasn’t a pretty run for the Mountain West with no players taken in the first three rounds – the ones that matter – and two of the eight going in the fourth.
On the plus side, San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey to Philadelphia and OG Nico Siragusa to Baltimore should make an impact. Wyoming RB Brian Hill to Atlanta and Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols to Tampa Bay – both in the fifth round – are real, live players.
It didn’t help the league’s cause that Air Force players were basically not involved, meaning WR Jalen Robinette and S Weston Steelhammer wouldn’t be late-round fliers.
Team Winner: San Diego State, 3 players – OG Nico Siragua to Baltimore (4), RB Donnel Pumphrey to Philadelphia (4) CB Damontae Kazee to Atlanta (5)
8. Conference USA: 9
It wasn’t a bad run for the league, highlighted by WKU OG Forrest Lamp going in the second round to the Chargers and with five players going in the third round. However, there wasn’t a lot of noise on Saturday, with just three players going in rounds three through seven.
There should be plenty of undrafted free agents, with at least ten likely to make a big splash in a camp. However, among the drafted players, other than Lamp, there aren’t any sure-things
Team Winner: Louisiana Tech, 3 players – WR Carlos Henderson to Denver (3), WR Trent Taylor to San Francisco (5), S Xavier Woods to Dallas (7)
7. MAC: 12
Western Michigan WR Corey Davis made a big splash going fifth overall to Tennessee, but the bulk of the league’s players sent off went as late round fliers.
Five of the 12 prospects went in the seventh, but along with Davis, Toledo RB Kareem Hunt – to Kansas City in the third – and Ohio DE Tarell Basham to Indianapolis should be playmakers.
Team Winner: (2 Teams)
– Toledo, 3 players – RB Kareem Hunt to Kansas City (3), TE Michael Robert to Detroit (4), DT Treyvon Hester to Oakland (7)
– Western Michigan, 3 players – WR Corey Davis to Tennessee (1), OG Taylor Mouton, Carolina (2), LB Keion Adams to Pittsburgh (7)
6. Big 12: 14
It was a rough weekend for one of the Power Five conferences – finishing below one of the Group of Fivers.
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes was the only one taken in the first round, Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon – issues and all – was the only Big 12 prospect going in the second, and just three went in the third.
Texas RB D’Onta Foreman should make a splash at Houston, and Kansas State LB Jordan Willis will be a factor at Cincinnati, but there are too many disposable late-round prospects.
Team Winner: Oklahoma, 4 players – RB Joe Mixon to Cincinnati (2), WR Dede Westbrook to Jacksonville (4), RB Samaje Perine to Washington (4), LB Jordan Evans to Cincinnati (6)
5. American Athletic: 15
It was a great run for the league, finishing on top of all the Power Five conferences, and ending up ahead of the Big 12.
There wasn’t much happening early outside of Temple LB Haason Reddick going 13th to Arizona, but there was a steady stream of players sprinkled throughout the draft from then until late in the sixth.
The best part? It wasn’t just one great team dominating. Nine American Athletic Conference schools got played drafted.
Team Winner: (3 Teams)
– Houston, 3 players – LB Tyus Bowser to Baltimore (2), CB Howard Wilson to Cleveland (4), RB Brandon Wilson to Cincinnati (6)
– South Florida, 3 players – RB Marlon Mack to Indianapolis (4), WR Rodney Adams to Minnesota (5), C Kofi Amichia to Green Bay (6)
– Temple 3 players – LB Haason Reddick to Arizona (1), OG Dion Dawkins to Buffalo (2), CB Nate Hairston to Indianapolis (5)
4. Big Ten: 35
The league was top-heavy with several seven players going in the first round and 20 in the first three. Every Big Ten school but Rutgers and Maryland got a player drafted.
The Big Ten will always have its share of superstars from Ohio State, Michigan and other places, but with just 15 prospects going in the last four rounds, there were too many who slid into the realm of undrafted free agents.
Ohio State had its share of players go off the board after its epic draft class of 2016, but it was Michigan’s Big Ten draft. Six Buckeyes were gone in the first three rounds, and WR Noah Brown was taken to Dallas in the seventh, but there’s more where that came from in next year’s class.
The Wolverines didn’t get get 11 players drafted, and there were eight others who’ll be key undrafted free agents.
Team Winner: Michigan, 11 players – DE Taco Charlton to Dallas (1), S Jabrill Peppers to Cleveland (1), WR Amara Darboh to Seattle (3), SS Delano Hill to Seattle (3), CB Jourdan Lewis to Dallas (3), DE Chris Wormley to Baltimore (3), WR Jehu Chesson to Kansas City (4), LB Ben Gedeon to Minnesota (4), Ryan Glasgow to Cincinnati (4), TE Jake Butt to Denver (5), CB Jeremy Clark to NY Jets (6)
3. Pac-12: 36
Stanford was the star early on with DE Solomon Thomas going third overall to San Francisco, and RB Christian McCaffrey to Carolina at the eight, but that was it for the Cardinal.
Pac-12 champ Washington dominated the early rounds with four players taken in the first 43 picks – and one going in the sixth – while South champion Colorado’s amazing secondary lost three players with Chidobe Awuzie (Dallas), Ahkello Witherspoon (San Francisco) and Tedric Thompson (Seattle) all going.
UCLA and USC each had five players selected, and Oregon didn’t send anyone to the next level. The stars of the conference did okay, but the real winner in terms of bragging rights was …
Team Winner: Utah, 8 players – OT Garett Bolles to Denver (1), S Marcus Williams to New Orleans (2), RB Joe Williams to San Francisco (4), DB Brian Allen to Pittsburgh (5), OG Isaac Asiata to Miami (5), C J.J. Dielman to Cincinnati (5), LB Pita Taumoepenu to San Francisco (6), OT Sam Tevi to LA Chargers (6)
2. ACC: 42
The ACC had a breakthrough season with the conference as a whole rising up, and it wasn’t just Clemson winning the national title.
The Tigers sent six players to the NFL led by QB Deshaun Watson getting snapped up by Houston and WR Mike Williams going to the Chargers in the first round.
North Carolina had the big story with QB Mitchell Trubisky going to Chicago trading up to get the second overall pick, but its other five draft picks went in the third round and beyond.
Louisville only sent two players, but around eight Cardinals will be key free agents, while Virginia Tech had a rough time with all four of its draft picks going in the sixth round or later. QB Jerod Evans – who left early – didn’t get taken, while WR Isaiah Ford and TE Bucky Hodges were major disappointments going in the sixth.
Florida State only had four players taken, but that’ll change in a big way next season, while NC State lost S Josh Jones to Green Bay in the second round and two others – RB Matt Dayes (Cleveland) and CB Jack Tocho (Minnesota) – in the seventh.
Team Winner: 2 Teams
– Clemson, 6 players – QB Deshaun Watson to Houston (1), WR Mike Williams to LA Chargers (1), CB Cordrea Tankersley to Miami (3), RB Wayne Gallman to NY Giants (4), DT Carlos Watkins to Houston (4), TE Jordan Leggett to NY Jets (5)
– North Carolina, 6 players – QB Mitchell Trubisky to Chicago (1), DT Nazair Jones to Seattle (3), WR Mack Hollins to Philadelphia (4), WR Ryan Switzer to Dallas (4), RB T.J. Logan to Arizona (5), RB Elijah Hood to Oakland (7)
1. SEC: 53
30 of the 107 players taken in the first three rounds were from the SEC, and the league didn’t stop from there.
LSU was supposed to have a big weekend, and it did with eight players gone including RB Leonard Fournette to Jacksonville and S Jamal Adams to the NY Jets in the first. Six players in all went in the first three rounds, with at least three more sure to be key free agent pickups.
From the East, Florida also had eight players taken with four going in the first two rounds – led by LB Jarrad Davis going to Detroit in the first – but WR Isaiah McKenzie to Denver in the fifth was the only Georgia Bulldog selected.
Six Tennessee Volunteers were taken – QB Joshua Hobbs went in the fourth round to Pittsburgh and DE Derek Barnett was taken by Philadelphia in the first – while no one was taken from Kentucky and South Carolina.
Four Ole Miss Rebels went, but only TE Evan Engram to the Giants in the first round should stick. Four Auburn Tigers were taken as well, but all after the second round.
Of course, the big winner not only sent the most players, but seven of the ten selections were taken in the first 55 picks …
Team Winner: Alabama, 10 players – DE Jonathan Allen to Washington (1), LB Reuben Foster to San Francisco (1), TE O.J. Howard to Tampa Bay (1), CB Marlon Humphrey to Baltimore (1), LB Ryan Anderson to Washington (2), OT Cam Robinson to Jacksonville (2), DT Dalvin Tomlinson to NY Giants (2), WR ArDarius Stewart to NY Jets (3), LB Tim Williams to Baltimore (3), S Eddie Jackson to Chicago (4)