Four NC State players were drafted:

Garrett Bradbury - C: Vikings, Round 1 (#18)

Germaine Pratt - OLB: Bengals, Round 3 (#95)

Ryan Finley - QB: Bengals, Round 4 (#104)

Kelvin Harmon - WR: Redskins, Round 6 (#206)

Only elite linemen are drafted in the first round. The Rimington Trophy removed all doubt on that -- Bradbury was viewed by everyone as the best center in this draft and so the Vikings needed a center and Bradbury was always their number one selection. Not only was he the number one rated center in the draft, but rated #18 of all players in the draft! That's how well regarded he was.

Among these four players, my opinion is that the steal of the draft was the Redskins getting Kelvin Harmon as the #206 overall pick. When you draft a player rated #100 overall using the 206th pick in the draft, that is the epitome of maximizing the late value. That's how NFL team separate themselves, and Washington did that with this selection. In fact, beyond just these four alumni, the Skins might have gotten the steal of the entire draft.

In terms of alumni not drafted:

Jakobi Meyers was graded as the 31st best receiver, #251 overall.

Tyler Jones was graded as the 18th best guard, #288 overall.

In what can only be considered a very broad snub, specialty teams players (place kickers and punters) were not even graded for this draft! That said, A.J. Cole averaged 42.4 yards in his 49 punts in his senior season, with a net average of 38.9. Only two place kickers and two punters were taken in the entire draft, and that's considered an above average number for a single draft! Ray Guy award winner Mitch Wishnowsky averaged a net of 44.6 yards. So, that gives one an idea what it takes to be drafted as a punter! And right now, Cole is not among the short list of punters with a realistic shot of being signed as a free agent to punt in the NFL.

Every year, off the radar players are signed as free agents for practice squads and end up developing into solid multi-year NFL roster players. But, what the rankings say is that none of our players who were in realistic position to be among the 254 players drafted were snubbed. That said, I can see Meyers being signed quickly as a free agent and being one of those players who earns a spot on an NFL roster, sooner rather than later.

In terms of how the schools and conference fared, to no one's surprise, the SEC led the way with seeing 64 of their players drafted. That's an incredible 25% of the entire draft class! The ACC came in fourth with 28 players selected. Again, to no one's surprise, Alabama led all schools with ten players selected. The highest ranked school in the ACC was Clemson, with six players. To give a strong idea how talented our upper class was last season, by putting four players in the draft, NC State ranked tied for third in the ACC (with Boston College) and tied for 20th overall. Only 26 schools in the nation were able to place four or more players in this year's draft. Miami put five players in the draft. So, again, that's a pretty strong indication of the kind of program that Dave Doeren is building at NC State.

Ken