• The Washington Redskins made the most selections of any team, taking 12 players. It’s the most selections in a year for the Redskins since making 12 selections in the 1985 draft, back when the draft consisted of 12 rounds.
Washington’s 12 picks matches its total from the last two drafts combined (six in 2009, six in 2010).
• The New England Patriots made trades to acquire additional picks in the first and second rounds of the 2012 draft. New England entered this year’s draft owning the rights to multiple picks in the first, second and third rounds.
• Due to the NFL’s labor situation, teams could only trade picks and not players during the draft. The total number of trades decreased from 33 in 2010 to 21 this year.
• Also due to the NFL’s labor situation, teams are not permitted to sign undrafted free agents. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, 23 undrafted free agents made the Pro Bowl last year.
• USC and North Carolina shared the honor of “college with the most players selected.” Each had nine players selected. The highest Trojan selected was offensive tackle Tyron Smith (ninth overall to the Cowboys) while the highest Tar Heel selected was defensive end Robert Quinn (14th overall to the Rams).
• When the Oakland Raiders picked Demarcus Van Dyke in the third round, it marked the third consecutive draft in which Oakland took the player with the fastest 40-yard dash at the combine.
The Raiders also drafted the player with the second-fastest 40 in 2008.