Top 10 Things to Know about the 2005 NFL Draft (aka the 70th NFL Annual Selection Meeting)
#10: A quarterback has been chosen with the first selection in the draft the last 4 years dating back to 2001 and 6 of the last 7 years dating back to 1998.
#9: The last time a running back was selected first overall in the NFL Draft was 1995 (Penn State RB Ki-Jana Carter, Cincinnati).
#8: The last time a wide receiver was selected first overall in the NFL Draft was 1996 (USC WR Keyshawn Johnson, N.Y. Jets).
#7: University of Texas RB Cedric Benson would be the fourth Texas running back selected in the first round (dating back to the common draft in 1967), joining RBs Ricky Williams in 1999 (Saints), Eric Metcalf in 1989 (Browns) and Earl Campbell in 1978 (Oilers).
#6: There are 3 new head coaches from the start of last season, all of those men (Cleveland's Romeo Crennel, Miami's Nick Saban and San Francisco's Mike Nolan) making their debuts as NFL head coaches. The 3 head coaching changes from the start of last season are the fewest in the league since 1988 (2 teams).
#5: There have been 14 offensive coordinator changes and 7 defensive coordinator changes since the end of the 2004 season.
#4: The Washington Redskins have drafted an NFL-low 30 players dating back to the 2001 draft.
#3: The Green Bay Packers have not selected a quarterback in the first round since 1981 (Rich Campbell; California).
#2: The Cleveland Browns have selected 53 players in their 6 drafts since re-entering the NFL in 1999 (including a pair of first overall picks in QB Tim Couch and DE Courtney Brown) and have yet to draft a Pro Bowl player. Worth noting that neither Couch nor Brown is currently with the team.
#1: University of Auburn RBs Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams would be the third pair of running backs from the same school to be drafted in the first round in the same year dating back to the common draft in 1967.
ASSORTED NFL DRAFT INFORMATION:
Draft Choices By School (1990-2004)
1st Overall Pick in Draft By Team (1967-04)
First-Round Draft Choices By NCAA School (1990-2004)
First-Round Draft Choices By NCAA School (1967-2004)
Most First Overall Picks By School (1967-04)
Most First-Round Picks In One Draft By School (1967-04)