North Carolina and USC led the way with nine players selected in the NFL draft.
Miami (FL) had eight players selected, while Nebraska had seven. Clemson, Georgia, Iowa, and LSU each had six players drafted.
Rivals writer Mike Huguenin uncovered one of the most interesting facts regarding this year’s draft.
Huguenin pointed out that none of those eight programs played in a BCS bowl game, and Clemson and Georgia even finished with losing records.
Miami (FL) was taken to the woodshed by Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl. Nebraska lost in miserable fashion to Washington in the Holiday Bowl.
Oregon, who played in the BCS National Championship game, had just one player drafted. LB Casey Matthews went in the fourth round to the Philadelphia Eagles.
TCU had 5, Ohio State had 5, Auburn had 4, Stanford had 4, Oklahoma had 4, UCONN had 3, and Arkansas had 3 players drafted.
9 UNC players were drafted including DT Marvin Austin, LB Bruce Carter, WR Greg Little, LB Quan Sturdivant, DB Da’Norris Searcy, RB Johnny White, QB TJ Yates, DE Robert Quinn, and TE Ryan Taylor.
9 USC players were drafted including RB Allen Bradford, FB Stanley Havili, WR Ronald Johnson, DB Shareece Wright, TE Cameron Jordan, OL Tyron Smith, DL Jurrell Casey, WR David Ausberry, and OLB Malcolm Smith.
Both UNC and USC finished 8-5.
Check out Huguenin’s article to see the 13 players that declared early for the draft, but never heard their names called.