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?


4. Pac-12 (113 points)

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

It was a strong showing for the league in the first two rounds, but overall, it was bulked up by a slew of late-round picks.

USC QB Sam Darnold going third overall to the Jets, and “pissed” UCLA QB Josh Rosen went tenth overall to Arizona were the big hits, but Washington DT Vita Vea going 13th to Tampa Bay was big, and UCLA OT Kolton Miller to the Raiders made it four Pac-12ers in the top 15 overall.

The league was strong late in the draft, with six players going in the sixth and five in the fifth, but it was a top-heavy weekend. As long as the quarterbacks are great – including Washington State’s Luke Falk to Tennessee in the sixth – the Pac-12 draft will be fine,

Team Winner: UCLA, 5 players

QB Josh Rosen to Arizona (1st)
OT Kolton Miller to Oakland (1st)
LB Kenny Young to Baltimore (4th)
C Scott Quessenberry to San Diego (5th)
WR Jordan Lasley to Baltimore (5th)

3. Big Ten (144 points)

1st 4, 2nd 6, 3rd 3, 4th 8, 5th 7, 6th 5, 7th 2

The Big Ten made a whole lot of noise early with Penn State RB Saquon Barkley going second overall to the Giants and with Ohio State CB Denzel Ward surprisingly going to Cleveland at the four.

The Buckeyes added C Billy Price to Cincinnati in the first round, and Maryland got into the act when WR D.J. Moore went to Carolina at the 24. But it was the second round when it all kicked in, with six Big Ten players being selected.

However, the draft was backloaded with late round fliers, with 22 of the 35 going on Day Three.

Only two Michigan players – C Mason Cole to Arizona and DT Maurice Hurst to Oakland – were selected. That’s as many as both Indiana and Maryland, and one fewer than Iowa.

It took a while for Wisconsin to break through – CB Nick Nelson went to Oakland in the fourth – but five Badgers were selected. The winner, though, was …

Team Winner: Ohio State, 7 players

CB Denzel Ward to Cleveland (1st)
C Billy Price to Cincinnati (1st)
DE Tyquan Lewis to Indianapolis (2nd)
LB Jerome Baker to Miami (3rd)
DE Sam Hubbard to Cincinnati (3rd)
DE Jalyn Holmes to Minnesota (4th)
OT Jamarco Jones to Seattle (5th)

2. ACC (179 points)

1st 6, 2nd 3, 3rd 9, 4th 9, 5th 6, 6th 7, 7th 6

The ACC was fantastic to start out the second day, with a whopping 18 players selected in the third and fourth rounds. Strong in the back end, too, the league loaded up the NFL with 38 players in all taken on Saturday.

But it was the back half of the first round when the ACC took over the draft early on.

NC State DE Bradley Chubb slipped a wee bit to Denver at the five, but the avalanche came after Buffalo took Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds at the 16, the Chargers followed it up selecting Florida State S Derwin James at the 17, and Louisville CB Jaire Alexander went to Green Bay at the 18.

The round, though, might forever be remembered for Louisville QB Lamar Jackson going with the final pick to Baltimore.

The big shocker? Clemson only had two players drafted – LB Dorian O’Daniel to Kansas City in the third, and WR Deon Cain to Indianapolis in the sixth. But wait – 2019 will be all Tigers.

Four Louisville players were selected, and five came from Florida State. Miami had a lot to brag about with six Canes selected, and helped by the Edmunds brothers – Tremaine and S Terrell – Virginia Tech sent off five players.

But the big winner was …

Team Winner: NC State, 7 players

DE Bradley Chubb to Denver (1st)
DT B.J. Hill to NY Giants (3rd)
DT Justin Jones to San Diego (3rd)
RB Nyheim Hines to Indianapolis (4th)
DE Kentavius Street to San Francisco (4th)
OT Will Richardson to Jacksonville (4th)
TE Jaylen Samuels to Pittsburgh (5th)

1. SEC (221 points)

1st 10, 2nd 11, 3rd 6, 4th 5, 5th 4, 6th 7, 7th 9

With 21 players taken in the first two rounds, and somewhat quietly, ten going in the first, it was another amazing year for the SEC.

The mid-rounds were okay, and there were plenty of fliers taken late on Saturday, but it was the back half of the first round when it all started to roll.

Chicago took Georgia LB Roquan Smith with the eighth overall pick, and Miami took Alabama S Minkah Fitzpatrick at the 11, and then eight of the next 20 came from the conference.

Georgia had a fantastic draft with six players taken including three going in the first round and four in the top 35, and despite all the problems last season, Florida had five players drafted and Tennessee three.

From the West, Auburn sent four players to the League of Mercenaries, and LSU helped out with four, too. But to no one’s surprise, the biggest haul of new talent came from …

Team Winner: Alabama, 12 players

S Minkah Fitzpatrick to Miami (1st)
DT Da’ron Payne to Washington (1st)
LB Rashaan Evans to Tennessee (1st)
WR Calvin Ridley to Atlanta (1st)
S Ronnie Harrison to Jacksonville (3rd)
DE Da’Shawn Hand to Detroit (4th)
CB Anthony Averett to Baltimore (4th)
P JK Scott to Green Bay (5th)
LB Shaun Dion Hamilton to Washington (6th)
C Bradley Bozeman to Baltimore (6th)
RB Bo Scarbrough to Dallas (7th)
DT Joshua Frazier to Pittsburgh (7th)

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