Cleveland Browns In the second round, with the 51st overall pick, the Browns took Utah defensive end Nate Orchard. Orchard led the nation in 2014 with 18.5 sacks and forced three fumbles. He made ten All-America teams. In the third round, with overall pick #77, Cleveland got running back Duke Johnson from Miami (Fla.). Johnson is the leading rusher in the Hurricanes’ rich history, having accumulated 3,519 yards in his three seasons. In the first round on Thursday Louisville’s DeVante Parker, a gifted wide receiver, went to the Dolphins at #14. Parker’s mother Raneca was relieved that the Browns didn’t take her son at #12, saying, “They don’t have a team, really, or a quarterback.”
Big Ten in General After having only three players selected in the first round, the Big Ten fared much better on Friday. Eight players were taken in the second round.
SEC Two of the second round’s first four picks were from Alabama – defensive back Landon Collins to the New York Giants at #33 and running back T.J. Yeldon to Jacksonville at #36. The SEC had nine players taken in the second round.
Big 12 The Big 12’s six selections through three rounds lagged far behind the other Power Five conferences.
Breakdown by Conference Players Chosen through Three Rounds: Pac-12… 24 SEC … 21 ACC … 20 Big Ten… 15 Big 12… 6 There were seven players taken from Group of Five conferences (American Athletic, Conference USA, MAC, Sun Belt and Mountain West) and three players from FCS schools.
Footnote to FBS vs FCS Almost 90% (86 of 96) of the picks in the first three rounds were from Power Five conferences. Only 3% were from FCS teams. The 49ers took a chance on Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt with the 46th overall pick, making Tartt the first player from FCS to be drafted this year. Is it any wonder that the results on the field are so lopsided when it’s FBS vs FCS?
Big Ten Specifically First Round: Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, to Redskins at #5 Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes, to Vikings at # 11 Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, to San Diego at #15 Second Round: Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith, to Tampa Bay at #34 Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith, to New York Jets at #37 * Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess, to Carolina at #41 Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, to Lions at #54 Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams, to Ravens at #55 Wisconsin offensive tackle Robert Havenstein, to St. Louis Rams at #57 Nebraska defensive end/outside linebacker Randy Gregory, to Dallas at #60 Michigan defensive end Frank Clark, to Seattle at #63 Third Round: Indiana running back Tevin Coleman, to Falcons at #73 Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft, to Bengals at #85 Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis, to Ravens at #90 Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman, to Denver at #92 *
* Winning a national championship gets your name listed in school colors!