Drafting Bunch of Losers & More Useless Info

A look at the win-loss ledger of the Packers' draft picks, plus a bunch more interesting/irrelevant numbers from the Class of 2013.

The Green Bay Packers added Eddie Lacy from college football's reigning dynasty, Alabama, and they drafted good friends Datone Jones and Johnathan Franklin from UCLA.

The Bruins hardly were a juggernaut at 9-5, but they were titans in comparison to Colorado, which went 1-11 and placed last in the Pac-12 South Division with David Bakhtiari (fourth round) at left tackle. Cornell went 4-6 and tied for second-to-last in the Ivy League with J.C. Tretter (fourth round) at left tackle.

Iowa tied for last in the Big Ten Legends Division with Micah Hyde (fifth round) at cornerback. Mississippi State went 8-5 with Josh Boyd (fifth round) at defensive tackle. The next two picks, Nate Palmer (Illinois State) and Charles Johnson (Grand Valley State) played in FCS and Division II, respectively. Maryland finished second-to-last in the ACC Atlantic Division with Kevin Dorsey (seventh round) at receiver. Finally, South Florida finished last in the Big East with Sam Barrington at linebacker.

All told, the Packers' draft picks played for teams that went 72-65 (with UCLA counted twice to represent Jones and Franklin), with one national championship (Alabama) and two fired coaches (Colorado and South Florida). Bakhtiari, Tretter, Hyde, Palmer, Johnson and Dorsey were the only players selected from their schools.

Here are some other interesting (though not always important) numbers from the draft.

63: Players selected from the SEC, including Lacy and Boyd. That's more than the next two conferences combined, with the ACC (31) and Pac-12 (28) combining for 59.

73: Number of underclassmen who declared for this year's draft, a record. Only 52 were selected. The Packers took Lacy and Colorado's Bakhtiari.

68.6: According to research by NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler, 68.5 percent of this year's underclassmen were drafted. It's the continuation of a trend from 89.1 percent in 2009, 86.8 percent in 2010, 76.8 percent in 2011 and 67.7 percent in 2012).

37: Players selected from Wisconsin, second-most for the Packers.

12: Years since the Packers selected a player from Wisconsin — guard Bill Ferrario in the fourth round in 2001.

41: Players selected from Minnesota, most for the Packers.

17: Years since the Packers selected a player from Minnesota — running back Chris Darkins in the fourth round in 1996.

57: Years since the Packers drafted a player from Cornell. They had done so three times with Stan Intihar (1956), Chick Davidson (1946) and Vince Eichler (1940). None of them played a game in the NFL.

264: Schools from which the Packers have drafted at least one player, with Grand Valley State joining the list.

1: Players selected by the Packers from Illinois State and South Florida until this year's draft. Green Bay took safety Estus Hood from Illinois State in the third round in 1978 and receiver DeAndrew Rubin from South Florida in the seventh round in 2003.

19: Players taken from FCS level schools. Green Bay took two with Tretter and Palmer.

11: Players taken from Division II schools. Green Bay took the one and only skill player, Johnson.

30: That's 30 players taken below FBS, or 11.8 percent. Green Bay took three out of 11, or 27.2 percent. During general manager Ted Thompson's tenure, 12 of his 87 picks have come from FCS or below, or 13.8 percent.

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