Pac-12 and the draft by the numbers

April, 30, 2013
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The NFL welcomed 28 new Pac-12 players via the draft over the weekend (several more via free agency), which is slightly below the Pac-12's average since 2000.

I thought it would be fun to go through the previous drafts and see how teams and the league have done over that span (Warning: our ideas of fun may differ slightly).

Since the world became Y2K compliant, the Pac-12 has had 417 players drafted -- an average of slightly less than 30 per year. The high point of that stretch came with 34 taken in 2008 while the low was 24 in 2001. Note, we're only counting the 2012 and 2013 drafts for Colorado and Utah.

Every team except Colorado (remember, Pac-12 years only) has had at least one first-round draft pick over that stretch.

Here's how the teams stack up in total draft picks since 2000:
  • Arizona has had 29 players taken -- the high coming in 2000 with five players. Four times -- including 2013 -- they have gone 0-for-draft. They have two first-round draft picks over that stretch.
  • Arizona State has had 39 players drafted -- the most coming in 2000 when they had six. 2013 was the first year during that stretch ASU hasn't had a player drafted (though we know Will Sutton would have been taken had he come out) and the first since '62 a Sun Devil hasn't been drafted. They have five first-round draft picks over that stretch.
  • California has had 52 players drafted -- the most coming in 2012 and 2008 when they had six. The low was in 2004, 2002 and 2001 when they had two in each of those years. They have 10 first-round draft picks over that stretch.
  • Colorado has had four players drafted, two this year and two last year. Worth noting that the Buffs did have two players taken in first round in 2011 -- Nate Solder and Jimmy Smith.
  • Oregon has had 47 players drafted -- the most coming in 2009 and 2002 when they had six each year. They have had at least one player drafted each year since 2000. 1985 was the last time Oregon didn't have a player taken. They have five first-round draft picks over that stretch. 2013 is the first time since 1972 the Ducks have had two first-round draft picks in the same year (Ahmad Rashad and Tom Drougas).
  • Oregon State has had 35 players drafted -- the most coming in 2009 when they had seven. The low was in 2000 when no Beavers were drafted. They have had two first-round draft picks over that stretch.
  • Stanford has had 44 players drafted -- the most coming in 2005 and 2002 when they had six each year. Twice over that span, 2009 and 2008, they had no players drafted. They have had three first-round draft picks over that stretch.
  • UCLA has had 35 players drafted -- the high coming in 2002 when they had six taken. The low was in 2012 and 2009 when there were zero Bruins drafted. They have had four first-round draft picks since 2000.
  • USC has had 84 players drafted since 2000 -- with a high of 11 players in 2009 and 2006. The low came in 2002 when two Trojans were drafted. They have 18 first-round draft picks over that stretch.
  • Utah has had three players taken in the last two drafts, two this year and one last year. Star Lotulelei was a first-round draft pick this year.
  • Washington has had 26 players taken since 2000 -- the high coming with five in 2001 and the low coming in 2009, 2008 and 2003 with zero players drafted. They have had four first-round draft picks over that stretch, including Desmond Trufant in 2013.
  • Washington State has had 19 players drafted since 2000 -- the most coming in 2005 and 2004 with three players each. The low was in 2012 and 2010 when zero Cougars were drafted. They have had one first-round draft pick -- Marcus Trufant in 2003 -- during that stretch.

A few interesting tidbits:
  • 20 percent of players drafted have come from USC.
  • The Pac-12 has had a player drafted in every round since 2000 -- except for the fifth-round in 2010 (now you can stump all of your friends with that crucial knowledge).
  • Three times USC hit double digit draftees in a single year -- while no other team has had more than six over that span.
  • Between 2006-2009, the Trojans had 37 players drafted -- more than the last 14 drafts of Arizona, Oregon State, UCLA Washington and Washington State.
  • ASU and Washington State have gone the longest without first-round draft picks. The last for both came in 2003.
  • The most popular round for Pac-12 players is the seventh. 72 players have gone in the seven-hole since 2000. The least popular is the fifth (53).
  • Twice since 2000 the No. 1 overall pick has been from the Pac-12 (Carson Palmer, 2003, Andrew Luck, 2012). Once the No. 2 overall pick was from the Pac-12 (Reggie Bush, 2006).

Here's a year-by-year of all of the first-round draft picks since 2000:
  • 2013 (5): Dion Jordan (Oregon, No. 3 overall); Star Lotulelei (Utah, No. 14); Kyle Long (Oregon, No. 20); Desmond Trufant (Washington, No. 22), Datone Jones (UCLA, No. 26).
  • 2012 (4): Andrew Luck (Stanford, No. 1); Matt Kalil (USC, No. 4); David DeCastro (Stanford, No. 24 overall); Nick Perry (USC, No. 28).
  • 2011 (3): Jake Locker (Washington, No. 8); Tyron Smith (USC, No. 9); Cameron Jordan (Cal, No. 24)
  • 2010 (2): Tyson Alualu (Cal, No. 10); Jahvid Best (Cal, No. 30)
  • 2009 (4): Mark Sanchez (USC, No. 5); Brian Cushing (USC, No. 15); Alex Mack (Cal, No. 21); Clay Matthews (USC, No. 26)
  • 2008 (6): Sedrick Ellis (USC, No. 7); Keith Rivers (USC, No. 9); Jonathan Stewart (Oregon, No. 13); Sam Baker (USC, No. 21); Antoine Cason (Arizona, No. 27); Lawrence Jackson (USC, No. 28)
  • 2007 (1): Marshawn Lynch (Cal, No. 12)
  • 2006 (4): Reggie Bush (USC, No. 2); Matt Leinart (USC, No. 10); Haloti Ngata (Oregon, No. 12); Marcedes Lewis (UCLA, No. 28)
  • 2005 (3): Mike Williams (USC, No. 10); Aaron Rodgers (Cal, No. 24); Mike Patterson (USC, No. 31)
  • 2004 (3): Reggie Williams (Washington, No. 9); Kenechi Udeze (USC, No. 20); Steven Jackson (Oregon State, No. 24)
  • 2003 (8): Carson Palmer (USC, No. 1); Terrell Suggs (Arizona State, No. 10); Marcus Trufant (Washington State, No. 11); Troy Polamalu (USC, No. 16); Kyle Boller (Cal, No. 19); Kwame Harris (Stanford, No. 26); Nick Barnett (Oregon State, No. 29); Nnamdi Asomugha (Cal, No. 31)
  • 2002 (4, also the first year with 32 picks): Joey Harrington (Oregon, No. 3); Levi Jones (Arizona State, No. 10); Jerramy Stevens (Washington, No. 28); Robert Thomas (UCLA, No. 31)
  • 2001 (4): Andre Carter (Cal, No. 7); Adam Archuleta (Arizona State, No. 20); Freddie Mitchell (UCLA, No. 25); Todd Heap (Arizona State, No. 31)
  • 2000 (4): Deltha O'Neal (Cal, No. 15); Erik Flowers (Arizona State, No. 26); R.Jay Soward (USC, No. 29); Trung Canidate (Arizona, No. 31).

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