The big winners in the 2012 draft were Nick Saban, chubby linemen, the Southeastern Conference, the Florida State Seminoles, the Rutgers defense and the woeful Arizona Cardinals offense.
Here’s an entire round of 32 Cold, Hard Football Facts, with a by-the-numbers breakdown of the best of the worst of the 2013 NFL draft.
0 – Number of running backs picked in the first round, the first time since 1963 that zero running backs were taken in the first round.
3 – Number of Alabama defenders drafted in 2013; the Crimson Tide surrendered 10.9 PPG in 2012, 1st among 124 FBS schools.
3 – Number of Rutgers defenders drafted in 2013 by the New England Patriots. The Scarlet Knights surrendered 14.2 PPG In 2012, 4th among 124 FBS schools.
3.65 – Average yards after catch (YAC) by Buffalo Bills receivers in 2012, worst in the NFL. The Bills devoted their first two picks to Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel (No. 16 overall) and USC wide receiver Robert Woods (No. 41 overall).
4 – Offensive linemen drafted with the first 36 picks of the 2012 draft
4 – Offensive lineman drafted with in the first seven picks of the 2013 draft; a total of nine offensive linemen, and 19 linemen on both sides of the ball, were grabbed in the first round.
4.78 – Average per rush attempt by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012, better than all but five teams rushing the football last year. The Chiefs also ranked No. 25 on the Cold, Hard Football Facts Offensive Hog Index, their highest rank in any one CHFF Quality Stat in 2012. The Chiefs drafted Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall pick.
6.67 – Average per rush attempt last year by North Carolina sophomore running back Giovani Bernard, the first RB taken in the 2013 draft. (Cincinnati, No. 37 overall). The Bengals averaged 4.06 YPA in 2012 (20th).
7 – Interceptions by the Dallas Cowboys defense in 2012, tied for fewest in the NFL (Kansas City) and tied for the fewest in franchise history (1989, 1997). The Cowboys devoted their first three picks to offensive players.
8 – Touchdown passes thrown by Jets second-round pick Geno Smith (pictured, right) in West Virginia’s 70-63 win over Baylor last season.
8 – Touchdown passes thrown by Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in October, November and December last season.
9.5 – Average per rush attempt by St. Louis Rams’ top pick, explosive triple-threat wide receiver Tavon Austin, during his career at West Virginia (109 attempts, 1,031 yards). Austin was the first skill-position player drafted in 2013 (No. 8 overall). Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has averaged just 6.3 yards per pass attempt in his NFL career.
11 – Players drafted from Florida State, most in school history and most by any school in 2013.
14 – Alabama players drafted in the first round since 2009, including three picks in a row in 2013. The Crimson Tide produced only five first-round selections in the 15 drafts from 1994-2008. Nick Saban became Alabama’s head coach in 2007.
17 – Number of wide receivers drafted by the Bengals since 2003, most of any team. None drafted before 2011 are still with the team. Cincinnati selected Arkansas WR Cobi Hamilton in the sixth round (197 overall) of the 2013 draft.
20 – Sacks recorded by the Jaguars defense in 2012, fewest in the NFL. Jacksonville was also last in the NFL in Negative Pass Play percentage, forcing a sack or INT on just 5.8 percent of dropbacks. The Jaguars did not draft a single defensive lineman or pass-rushing specialist. They did draft five defensive backs.
24.5 – Nation-best tackles for loss last year by Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, selected by the Steelers at No. 17 overall. Jones also led major college football with 14.5 sacks in 2012. The Steelers recorded just 37 sacks in 2012
28th – Rank of the Saints in Defensive Passer Rating in 2012 (93.8), allowing 31 TD passes with just 15 INTs. The Super Bowl-champion 2009 Saints, led by ball-hawking safety Darren Sharper, were No. 3 in Defensive Passer Rating (68.6), allowing 15 TD passes with 26 INTs. The Saints devoted their first pick to Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro (No. 15 overall).
28 – Number of wide receivers drafted in 2013, most of any offensive position
29 – Number of cornerbacks drafted in 2013, fewest since 2006 (23)
30 – Defensive ends drafted in 2013, most players of any position
32nd – Rank by the 2012 Arizona Cardinals in Real Passing Yards Per Attempt (4.51 YPA), Real Quarterback Rating (54.1), Offensive Passer Rating (63.1), the Offensive Hog Index, average per rush attempt (3.42 YPA) and third-down conversion rate. The Cardinals drafted North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper with their first pick (No. 7 overall).
59 – Players drafted out of the 24 combined schools of the ACC (31) and Pac-12 (28).
63 – Players drafted out of the 12 schools of the Southeastern Conference, most by any conference in a single draft. Put another way, 24.8 percent of the entire 2013 draft class (63 of 254) came out of the SEC.
67 – Total draft picks by the Saints since 2003, easily the fewest of any team. The Saints picked six players in the 2013 draft.
67.2 – Distance, in meters, of discus throw by Estonia native Margus Hunt (pictured, right) at the World Junior Championships in 2006, a world junior record at the time. Hunt went on to play defensive end for SMU and was drafted by the Benglas with the No. 53 overall pick.
75.0 – NFL-worst “Rusher Rating” by the San Diego Chargers in 2012 (as compiled by Ken Crippen of the Pro Football Researchers Association). San Diego also ranked 31st, with an average of 3.55 yards per rush attempt. The Chargers drafted Alabama OT D.J. Fluker with their first pick (No. 11) overall.
77 – Career rushing touchdowns by Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, drafted by the Broncos are No. 58 overall. The Broncos averaged just 3.8 YPA on the ground last year (25th) with 12 rushing TDs (13th).
89 – Nation-leading number of touchdowns scored by the Oregon Ducks in 2012 under former head coach Chip Kelly. Two Oregon offensive players were drafted in 2013: guard Kyle Long (Chicago, No. 20 overall) and running back Kenjon Barner (Carolina, No. 182 overall).
201 – Tackles over the last two seasons by Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown, drafted by the Baltimore Ravens as a potential heir apparent to legendary middle linebacker Ray Lewis. Brown spent his first two college seasons at Lewis’s alma mater, Miami of Florida.
444 – Points surrendered by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, most in franchise history. The Eagles , in their first draft under offensive mastermind head coach Chip Kelly, devoted their first two picks to offensive tackle Lane Johnson (No. 4 overall) and tight end Zach Ertz (No. 35 overall); five later picks went to defense.
1,832 – Receiving yards last year by Baylor WR Terrance Williams, tops in major college football. He was the only Baylor player selected in the 2012 draft (Dallas, No. 74 overall). Five of Baylor’s 11 offensive starters of 2011 were drafted in 2012, led by No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III.