Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
It's no surprise there are going to be a few linebackers on the list of the top 30 players in the ACC -- it's just keeping with the tradition.
According to the ACC and the pre-training camp rosters on NFL.com, the ACC leads all other conferences by a wide margin in producing NFL linebackers. Heading into this year's preseason camp, the ACC had no fewer than 62 of its former linebackers on NFL rosters. The next closest league to the ACC was the Big Ten which had produced 51, followed by the SEC with 48.
All ACC schools produced at least two former linebackers on NFL rosters, led by Miami with 11, followed closely by Maryland, which has produced 10 -- followed in order by FSU (8), Virginia (7) and Georgia Tech (6).
Linebackers by conference on pre-training camp NFL rosters (According to the ACC and NFL.com)
1. Atlantic Coast Conference: 62
2. Big Ten Conference: 51
3. Southeastern Conference: 48
4. PAC-10 Conference: 40
5. Big 12 Conference: 39
6. Big East Conference: 29
7. Mountain West Conference: 23
Linebackers In the NFL
By ACC Team
1. Miami: 11
2. Maryland: 10
3. Florida State: 8
4. Virginia: 7
5. Georgia Tech: 6
6. Boston College: 4
7. Wake Forest: 4
There is plenty of potential for this trend to continue, as the ACC will again be loaded at linebacker in 2009.