2013 NFL Draft: 50 essential, eccentric facts
The 2013 NFL draft is almost upon us -- have you been studying up? If not, it may be too late for you to put together scouting reports on this year's prospects (don't worry, we've got your back), but you can still sound like an expect when everyone gathers around the water cooler the Monday after the draft. Below are 50 facts about this draft -- some good, some bad, some weird.
1. Seventy-three underclassmen entered the 2013 NFL Draft, the most ever in one class.
2. OT Lane Johnson, widely believed to be the third best offensive tackle available in this draft, completed 32 of 61 passes as a backup quarterback at Kilgore College before transferring to Oklahoma.
3. Twelve different players ran the 40-yard-dash in under 4.4 seconds at the NFL's combine. WR Marquise Goodwin's 4.27 was the fastest clocked time.
4. DT Star Lotulelei's full first name is Starlite.
5. Of the top seven finishers in last season's Heisman race, only two (LB Manti Te'o and QB Collin Klein) are prospects in this year's draft.
6. Washington CB Desmond Trufant ran the same 40 time at the combine (4.38) that his brother, Marcus, did prior to being selected No. 11 overall in 2003.
7. QB Matt Barkley set the USC record for highest completion percentage in 2011: 69.1 percent.
8. DE Cornellius Carradine earned his nickname, "Tank," by carrying around a toy tank as a young child.
9. The heaviest player in this year's draft? Ole Miss offensive lineman Terrell Brown at 388 pounds. He also stands 6-foot-10.
10. The lightest player? That's 148-pound WR Jesse Grandy from Central Arkansas.
11. A native of Manchester, England, OT Menelik Watson started 13 games for Marist's basketball team before transferring to Saddleback Community College and picking up football.
12. Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas, projected to be a Round 2 or 3 pick, led college football's FBS (formerly Division I) in interceptions last season with eight.
13. Before transferring to Tennessee for the 2012 season, WR Cordarrelle Patterson played at Hutchinson Community College, which also produced current Lions backup QB Shaun Hill.
14. Southern Miss LB Jamie Collins posted a mark of 11 feet, 7 inches on the broad jump at the combine, breaking the previous record by two inches.
15. The SEC has produced the most draft picks for each of the past six years. The conference had 42 players taken in 2012, one more than the Big Ten.
16. Ohio State has had 83 players drafted since 2000, most of any school in the country.
17. Miami has had the most players selected in Round 1 since 2000, with 26. USC is second at 18.
18. N.C. State QB Mike Glennon threw 564 passes in 2012, behind only Marshall's Rakeem Cato (584) for the most in the FBS.
19. TE Zach Ertz finished his Stanford career with 112 catches -- 16 more than former teammate Coby Fleener, the 34th overall pick in 2012, made in four seasons with the Cardinal.
20. QB Ryan Nassib left Syracuse as the school's record-holder for most career completions (791) and most yards passing (9,190).
21. SMU DE Margus Hunt and Missouri Southern St. DT Brandon Williams tied for the most bench press reps at the scouting combine with 38. The record is 49, set by Stephen Paea in 2011.
22. Eastern Washington WR Brandon Kaufman set an FCS record last season by racking up 1,850 yards receiving.
23. Mississippi State CBs Darius Slay and Johnthan Banks combined for nine interceptions during the 2012 season -- five by Slay.
24. RB Le'Veon Bell carried the football 382 times for Michigan State in 2012, the most rushing attempts made by any player in the country. Wisconsin's Montee Ball had his number called 356 times.
25. OT Luke Joeckel has a twin brother, Matt, who is expected to serve behind Johnny Manziel as Texas A&M's backup quarterback this season.
26. West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey caught 25 touchdown passes in 2012, seven more than any other receiver in the FBS. Only one other receiver, Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins, had more than 14 TDs.
27. Bailey's ex-West Virginia teammate, WR Tavon Austin, averaged 12.2 yards per carry during his senior year in high school while rushing for 2,660 yards and 34 touchdowns.
28. Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams initially committed to Hawaii after beginning his football career in his native Australia.
29. WR Quinton Patton had a 21-catch game against Texas A&M in October, tying Troy Edwards' Louisiana Tech record.
30. Georgia DE/OLB Jarvis Jones led the FBS in tackles for loss (24) and sacks (14.0) last season.
31. WR Da'Rick Rogers caught 158 passes in his collegiate career -- 97 for Tennessee between 2010-11 and 61 last year for Tennessee Tech.
32. Duke has not had a player drafted since Drew Strojny in 2004 (St. Louis). Either QB Sean Renfree or WR Conner Vernon could break that drought this year.
33. DE/OLB Ziggy Ansah twice tried out for BYU's basketball team before earning a spot on the Cougars' football roster for the 2010 season.
34. Oklahoma State's Quinn Sharp, who also handled punts for the Cowboys, led the FBS with 28 field-goal makes and 34 attempts.
35. A total of 32 compensatory picks were handed out for this draft, to 16 different teams. The highest selection: Houston at No. 95 overall, in Round 3.
36. Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams totaled 2,209 yards from scrimmage last season, most of any FBS player in this draft. He finished just 23 yards behind Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey for the top mark in the country.
37. 1996 marked the last year that no quarterback was taken in Round 1 of the draft. Michigan State's Tony Banks was the first QB picked that year, at No. 42 overall by St. Louis.
38. 1963 was the last draft that saw no running backs picked in Round 1 -- a streak that could end next week. The first RB off the board in '63 was Don Lisbon, in Round 3.
39. Oregon OT Kyle Long is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long and the brother of current St. Louis Rams defensive lineman Chris Long.
40. UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin was a season 2 cast member on the BET reality show "Baldwin Hills," which aired from 2007-09.
41. The Kansas City Chiefs have never made the No. 1 overall selection as a member of the NFL; their lone No. 1 pick (Grambling DT Buck Buchanan) came in 1963, when the Chiefs played in the AFL.
42. QB Landry Jones was the second-most prolific passer in the FBS last season, throwing for 4,267 yards. No. 1 was Baylor's Nick Florence, who opted to quit football rather than enter this year's draft.
43. Tennessee QB Tyler Bray broke Peyton Manning's single-game passing record of 523 yards by accumulating 530 yards in a 55-48 win over Troy.
44. TE Travis Kelce was Cincinnati's wildcat quarterback during his freshman season. He ran eight times for 47 yards and two touchdowns.
45. DE/OLB Dion Jordan suffered second- and third-degree burns on over 40 percent of his body in 2007, due to an accident that occurred as Jordan and some friends were attempting to siphon gasoline out of a car with a vacuum.
46. Hawai'i CB Mike Edwards finished last season as the FBS leader in kickoff return yards with 1,215. He was one of just four players to reach the 1,000-yard plateau on the year.
47. Of the 15 fastest defensive players in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, 13 were cornerbacks and two were safeties. The fastest defensive player outside the secondary was Missouri LB Zaviar Gooden at 4.47 seconds.
48. Houston CB D.J. Hayden nearly died during a November practice, when a collision tore his inferior vena cava -- the vein that carries blood from the lower half of one's body to the heart.
49. RB Zach Line finished his SMU career with 4,784 total yards, breaking Eric Dickerson's previous mark of 4,640. 50. Lawrence Okoye is attempting to make the NFL jump despite having never played a down of football. The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Okoye finished 12th in the discus at last summer's Olympics.