After The Facts: First-Round Numbers From The 2013 NFL Draft

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Apr 26, 2013

By Russell S. Baxter
Cold, Hard Football Facts No. 1 overall gridiron guru (@baxfootballguru)

Well, 32 picks down and a mere 222 to go.

Most of the intrigue of any NFL Draft surrounds the first round. Who goes first? Who slides? Was he a reach? Will he be a bust (and we’re not talking the kind inside the Hall of Fame)?

In any case, he’s a look at some historical numbers and recent trends in regards to the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, one that gave us its usual thrills, chills and possible spills.

What’s My Line(men)?: It was indeed a big evening for the big guys as a total of nine offensive linemen were taken in the first round, the most since 1968 (10).

That was the year that the Minnesota Vikings selected future Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle Ron Yary with the first picks and the Cincinnati Bengals opted for center Bob Johnson with the second pick.

That was also the last time before this year (Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel) that a pair offensive linemen went 1-2 in the first round of the NFL Draft …

Pick Up Line(men): More on the men in the trenches. We saw three tackles go within the first four picks of the 2013 NFL Draft and after 11 selections, there were a half-dozen offensive linemen selected and a total of five other players playing different positions.

A year ago in the 2012 Draft, a total of four offensive linemen were selected in the first round…

What’s In a Number: The Oakland Raiders traded down (or the Miami Dolphins traded up) and when it was all said and done, grabbed Houston Cougars’ cornerback D.J. Hayden with the 12th overall selection.

Ironically, Hayden was also the 12th University of Houston player to be selected in the first round dating back to the common draft beginning in 1967. And he was also the highest drafted Cougar since the Cincinnati Bengals made quarterback David Klingler the sixth overall pick in 1992…

Tide On A Roll: The New York Jets (Dee Milliner), Tennessee Titans (Chance Warmack) and San Diego Chargers (T.J. Fluker) gave the University of Alabama three consecutive picks in the first round. It also gave the Crimson Tide a total of 14 players selected in the first round in the last five NFL drafts (2009-13). That’s quite a change for the program, which in the previous 15 years (1994-08) only have five players picked in the first round. By the way, head coach Nick Saban’s first season at the school was 2007. You do the math.

Seminole Moment: With all the attention thrown the way of the Crimson Tide in the first round, it should be noted that the Florida State Seminoles also had three players selected on Thursday night in New York City.

Quarterback E.J. Manuel (Bills, pictured left), defensive end Bjoern Werner (Colts) and Xavier Rhodes (Vikings) all had their names called in the first round. And that’s not bad considering that in the previous six drafts (2007-12), Florida State had a total of three players; linebacker Lawrence Timmons (Steelers), Patrick Robinson (Saints) and quarterback Christian Ponder (Vikings) selected in the first round…

Not U: As amazing as the roll the Tide has been on in terms of the first round, the University of Miami has been on the opposite end of the spectrum as of late.

The Hurricanes have now gone five straight years without a player picked in the first round. Obviously, a number of schools can claim that. But what makes it so significant for the ‘Canes is the fact that from 2000-08, the school had an astounding 26 first-round draft choices, including a record six in one year (2004)…

Norse Code: A year ago, the Minnesota Vikings came away from the 2012 NFL Draft with a pair of first-round picks in tackle Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith.

But general manager Rick Spielman upped the ante this year, taking defensive tackle Shariff Floyd (Florida), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (Florida State) and wideout Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee) with picks No. 23, 25 and 29 (via a draft night trade with the Patriots). 

It marks the first time since 2001 that a team picked three players in the first round. That year, the St. Louis Rams grabbed defensive tackle Damione Lewis, safety Adam Archuleta and defensive tackle Ryan Pickett in the first round ...

Running Out: With zero running backs selected in the first round in 2013, that means the position has netted just four first round picks in the last three drafts, including Mark Ingram (Saints) in 2011 and Trent Richardson (Browns), Doug Martin (Buccaneers) and David Wilson (Giants) in 2012, the latter two players taken with the 31st and 32nd picks, respectively, that year.

Keep in mind that it wasn’t that long ago (2008) that we saw Darren McFadden (Raiders), Jonathan Stewart (Panthers), Felix Jones (Cowboys), Rashard Mendenhall (Steelers) and Chris Johnson (Titans) all drafted in the first round …

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