Last three drafts: USF ahead of FSU, Miami
With defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul going to the Giants with the 15th pick on Thursday night, USF is one of 24 college football programs with multiple first-rounders in the last three drafts.
The two first-rounders (cornerback Mike Jenkins, to Dallas in 2008, is the other) are the second-most in the Big East over the past three years -- only Rutgers, with three, has more, and two of the league's top programs, Cincinnati and West Virginia, don't have any in the same span.
Florida State and Miami, once known as perennial factories for first-rounders, have just one each in the last three years, and both the final pick of the opening round at that. In terms of total draft picks, USF may very well finish the weekend with more over the last three years than the Seminoles or Hurricanes. Entering the second round, FSU has five in the last three drafts, with USF and Miami at four each and the Bulls expected to have five more players drafted this weekend.
Here's the breakdown of where the 95 first-round picks have come from since 2008. Southern Cal has the most with seven (despite not having one this year), with Florida next with five and Oklahoma and Tennessee after that with four each.
SEC (21): Florida 5, Tennessee 4, Alabama 3, Arkansas 2, LSU 2, Georgia 2, Mississippi 2, Vanderbilt 1.
Big 12 (17): Oklahoma 4, Missouri 3, Oklahoma State 3, Texas 2, Baylor 1, Kansas 1, Kansas State 1, Nebraska 1, Texas Tech 1.
ACC (16): Boston College 3, Virginia 3, Georgia Tech 2, North Carolina 2, Clemson 1, Florida State 1, Maryland 1, Miami 1, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest 1.
Pac-10 (12): Southern Cal 7, California 3, Arizona 1, Oregon 1.
Big Ten (11): Ohio State 3, Illinois 2, Michigan 2, Penn State 2, Iowa 1, Purdue 1.
Big East (8): Rutgers 3, USF 2, Connecticut 1, Louisville 1, Pittsburgh 1.
Non-BCS (10): Boise State 2, Delaware 1, East Carolina 1, Fresno State 1, Idaho 1, Northern Illinois 1, TCU 1, Tennessee State 1, Troy 1.