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NC State, the ACC and the NFL Draft: Part II

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

I heard a rumor some NC State fans were a little disgruntled because I didn't mention Philip Rivers in connection with a segment of Tuesday's blog post that referenced the ACC and the NFL.

There's a reason for that.

I wanted to mention the league's highest picks.

I was looking at this chart in the ACC media guide to find out the top NFL draft pick at each school, which would in turn reveal the quarterbacks selected highest.

Take a look:

The whole point is that the ACC has earned a reputation as a defensive league, and it's reflected in the NFL draft.

Check out these numbers:

  • Of the ACC's 114 NFL draft picks from 2006-2008, 63 or 55.2 percent have been defenders.

  • 73 percent have been defenders and offensive linemen.

  • There have been two quarterbacks.

  • 8 wide receivers/tight ends

  • 7 running backs

  • 4 punters/kickers

Is this league loaded with talent? No question. Just not at the offensive skill positions. Does that translate into winning? Ask Frank Beamer. His team had the most players drafted over the past three years -- 20 -- and five of them were receivers/tight ends, four were in the secondary, and one was a running back. No wonder he's won two ACC titles in the past four seasons.