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Big East has nine picks in 1st two rounds



From a talent standpoint, the Big East had its best NFL Draft day in five years on Saturday, with nine players selected in the first two rounds of the 2009 draft.

That's as many picks in the first two rounds as the Big East had totaled in the top two rounds the previous four years combined -- certainly the best total since the conference went to its current eight-team lineup for the 2005 season.

The three first-round picks -- Connecticut RB Donald Brown, Louisville C Eric Wood and Rutgers receiver Kenny Britt -- are the Big East's most since 2004, when the league had nine first-round picks. Eight of those first-rounders came from Miami (six) and Virginia Tech (two), who were moving to the ACC in the same off-season.

The nine first-day picks were still the second-lowest total among BCS conferences Saturday -- the Pac-10 had 11, the Big 12, ACC and SEC had 10, with the Big Ten getting just six.

On the whole, since adopting its current lineup, the Big East has still struggled to produce first-round picks at the same rates as the other BCS conferences -- all the other leagues have at least twice as many first-rounders in the last four drafts. The Big East has seven; the ACC leads the way with 30 first-rounders, followed by the SEC (29), Big Ten (22), and Big 12 and Pac-10 with 15 each. The rest of college football has totaled nine in that span.

Top 10 picks? The Big East is even farther behind here, with just one -- Louisville's Amobi Okoye (10th in 2006) -- in the last four drafts. Every other BCS conference has at least five: The ACC has 12, the SEC 10, the Big Ten seven and the Big 12 and Pac-10 five each.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:20pm]


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