2018 NFL Draft: College Football Conference Rankings. Who Won The Draft?

2018 NFL Draft: College Football Conference Rankings. Who Won The Draft?

2018 NFL Draft

2018 NFL Draft: College Football Conference Rankings. Who Won The Draft?


Which college football conference won the 2018 NFL Draft? Where do they all rank in terms of players sent to the next level?

2018 NFL Draft Conference Winners & Rankings

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Which college football conference won the 2018 NFL Draft? Which league had a great weekend to brag about, and which ones have to keep things a bit quiet?

So here’s how this works. A conference gets 7 points for a first round draft pick, 6 for a second, 5 for a third, 4 for a fourth, 3 for a fifth, 2, for a sixth, and 1 for a seventh round selection.

11. Sun Belt (13 points)

1st 0, 2nd 0, 3rd 1, 4th 1, 5th 0, 6th 2, 7th 0

Fine, Sun Belt. You get credit for New Mexico State WR Jaleel Scott – he was a player in your league. However, as a punishment, you’re at 11th despite being technically tied with the MAC.

That was about it for the conference, though, outside of Louisiana giving up S Tracy Walker to Detroit in the third round and a few late picks.

Team Winner: Louisiana, 2 players
S Tracy Walker to Detroit (3rd)
CB Simeon Thomas to Cleveland (6th)

10. MAC (13 points)

1st 0, 2nd 0, 3rd 1, 4th 0, 5th 2, 6th 0, 7th 1

It took a while, but finally the MAC finally got on the board with Western Michigan OT Chukwuma Okorafor finally going late in the third round to Pittsburgh.

That was about it for the MAC fun, having to wait until Central Michigan TE Tyler Conklin went to Minnesota with the 157th overall pick in the fifth round before getting to have any more fun.

In all, just six MAC players were selected, and it’s not a sure thing that any of them will make a roster. It’s a big drop after sending 12 to the NFL last season, and with WMU WR Corey Davis going fifth overall to Tennessee.

Team Winner: Western Michigan, 2 players
OT Chukwuma Okorafor to Pittsburgh (3rd)
CB Darius Phillips to Cincinnatin (5th)

9: Independents (25 points)

1st 2, 2nd 0, 3rd 1, 4th 1, 5th 0, 6th 1, 7th 0

This isn’t bad considering there’s Army, UMass, BYU and Notre Dame in the mix, with the Irish pushing offensive linemen Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey, and with BYU LB Fred Warner getting picked in the third.

Of course, if and when Notre Dame is a powerhouse again, it should send several players to the next level. For now, this was an okay draft tp hype up.

Team Winner: Notre Dame, 4 players
OG Quenton Nelson to Indianapolis (1st)
OT Mike McGlinchey to San Francisco (1st)
TE Durham Smythe to Miami (4th)
WR Equanimeous St. Brown to Green Bay (6th)

8. Conference USA: (35 points)

1st 1, 2nd 1, 3rd 1, 4th 2, 5th 1, 6th 2, 7th 2

UTSA pass rushing star Marcus Davenport gave the league something special going 14th overall to New Orleans, and UTEP OG Will Hernandez – who really should’ve gone in the first round – went early to the Giants in the second.

It wasn’t a bad draft for the conference, spreading out its ten picks throughout the seven rounds, but it’s up to Davenport and Hernandez to carry the banner.

Team Winner: Two Teams

Southern Miss, 2 players
S Tarvarius Moore to San Francisco (3rd)
RB Ito Smith to Atlanta (4th)

WKU, 2 players
LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe to Chicago (4th)
QB Mike White to Dallas (5th)

7. Mountain West (37 points)

1st 3, 2nd 1, 3rd 1, 4th 0, 5th 0, 6th 1, 7th 3

Think quality over quantity when it comes to picks, with three Mountain West stars going in the first round and four in the top 33 overall.

Wyoming QB Josh Allen was the big one – going to Buffalo at the 7 – and with Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch going to Dallas at the 19. And then came the big stunner, when San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny was picked 27th overall by Seattle.

Throw in Nevada OG Austin Corbett going first in the second round to Cleveland, and it was a great weekend for the league in terms of bragging rights – sort of.

Colorado State WR Michael Gallup went to Dallas in the third round, and then that was about it, with a few late fliers the rest of the way.

Team Winner: Two Teams

Boise State, 2 players
LB Leighton Vander Esch to Dallas (1st)
WR Cedrick Wilson to Dallas (6th)

San Diego State, 2 players
RB Rashaad Penny to Seattle (1st)
RB Nick Bawden to Detroit (7th)

6. American Athletic (51 points)

1st 1, 2nd 2, 3rd 3, 4th 0, 5th 3, 6th 4, 7th 5

The league beat last season with 17 players drafted – two more than in 2017 – led by the first round selection of UCF CB Mike Hughes by Minnesota and the second round picks of SMU WR Courtland Sutton by Denver and WR Anthony Miller of Memphis by Chicago.

It was relatively slow until late, and then the league closed with a bang, locking down two of the final three picks with Cincinnati OT Korey Cunningham going to Arizona and SMU WR Trey Quinn earning Mr. Irrelevant immortality thanks to Washington.

Team Winner: UCF, 4 players
CB Mike Hughes to Minnesota (1st)
TE Jordan Akins to Houston (3rd)
WR Tre’Quan Smith to New Orleans (3rd)
LB Shaquem Griffin to Seattle (5th)

5. Big 12 (76 points)

1st 1, 2nd 2, 3rd 5, 4th 3, 5th 4, 6th 3, 7th 2

At least it was better than last season, when the conference finished behind the American Athletic in total players drafted.

As much fun as it was seeing Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield taken with the first overall pick by Cleveland, that was it until Texas lineman Connor Williams went to Dallas in the second round with the 50th selection and Oklahoma State WR James Washington went to Pittsburgh at the 60.

The third round was strong, with Oklahoma State’s QB Mason Rudolph joining Washington in Pittsburgh, highlighting the five Big 12ers being selected.

The rest of the draft had a smattering of prospects coming in, but this will be the Baker or Bust draft for the league – and especially Cleveland.

Team Winner: Two Teams

Oklahoma State, 4 players
James Washington to Pittsburgh (2nd)
Mason Rudolph to Pittsburgh (3rd)
S Tre Flowers to Seattle (5th)
WR Marcell Ateman to Oakland (7th)

Texas, 4 players
OG Connor Williams to Dallas (2nd)
LB Malik Jefferson to Cincinnati (3rd)
P Michael Dickson to Seattle (5th)
S Deshon Elliott to Baltimore (6th)


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