Let’s start by examining McKenzie’s draft history. There is a quick footnote at the bottom of each draft class.
3. Tony Bergstrom, OT, Utah
4. Miles Burris, LB, San Diego State
5a. Jack Crawford, DE, Penn State
5b. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
6. Christo Bilukidi, DT, Georgia State
7. Nathan Stupar, LB, Penn State
Everyone from the 2012 class was a senior, and only Crawford and Criner were not team captains.
1. D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
2. Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
3. Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut
4. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
6a. Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
6b. Latavius Murray, RB, Central Florida
6c. Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennesee
6d. Stacy McGee, DT Oklahoma
7a. Brice Butler, WR, San Diego State
7b. David Bass, DE, Missouri Western State
Menelik is the only underclassman. Sio, Kasa, Rivera, McGee, Butler and Bass were not team captains.
1. Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
2. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
3. Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
4a. Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech
4b. Keith McGill, CB, Utah
7a. T.J. Carrie, CB, Ohio
7b. Shelby Harris, DE, Illinois State
7c. Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky
Dowling is the only underclassman. Ellis, McGill, Harris and Dowling were not team captains.
1. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
2. Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State
3. Clive Walford, TE, Miami
4. Jon Feliciano, OG, Miami
5a. Ben Heeney, LB, Kansas
5b. Neiron Ball, LB, Florida
6. Max Valles, LB, Virginia
7a. Anthony Morris, OT, Tennessee State
7b. Andre Debose, WR, Florida
7c. Dexter McDonald, CB, Kansas
Cooper, Edwards Jr. and Valles were underclassmen. Cooper, Feliciano, Ball, Valles, Morris, Debose and McDonald were not team captains.
Five players selected in 2015 were from a school in the state of Florida. That certainly stands out, but only two players in McKenzie’s three previous drafts attended a school in Florida, and that was Menelik Watson and Latavius Murray.
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