As conferences go, the SEC might consider itself kings of the NFL Draft.
But as individual schools go, it’s an ACC member that has current bragging rights.
Via Safid Deen of the Tallahassee Democrat, Florida State broke the modern record for players drafted in a three-year span, pumping 29 draft picks into the league.
When five Seminoles were drafted Saturday, it pushed this year’s crop of picks to 11, matching last year after they sent seven into the draft in 2013.
That tops the record of 28 previously held by Miami (2002-2004) and USC (2008-2010), going back to 1994 when the draft was shortened to seven rounds.
“Days like [Saturday] are why you coach,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I’m really proud of all of these guys. . . . For FSU to be able to get the modern three-year record, it’s a testament to our assistant coaches and our support staff, and our ability to develop players.
“But most importantly it’s a testament to the work these players have put in. We’ve had some terrific players come through the program the past three years, but they’re even better people.”
While there might be some debate about that final point in some quarters, there’s no question the Seminoles have been good at football, winning 39 of 42 games and a national championship game during that span.