The fantasy football stuff and other writing required more attention, plus, I wasn’t sure how to present the ACC. The Atlantic Coast Conference is not going to win the All-Bust Crown. They simply do not have the number of offensive busts of other conferences.
You might want to attribute this to fewer picks, but the ACC has 148 players drafted in the top 50 picks of a draft since 1992. That is only 14 behind the Big Ten, and more than the Pac-12 and Big 12 (which didn’t come into existence until 1996). So, here is an incomplete team for the ACC.
The Running Backs Have Been Good, If They Stay Healthy: David Wilson and Ryan Williams have to be the choices at running back. I would prefer not to take guys who were injured and couldn’t realize their potential, but the ACC has had good success with the backs drafted in the top 50.
Warrick Dunn, Tiki Barber, and Thomas Jones top the list. Add in Natrone Means and C.J. Spiller. Only three other backs did not make one pro bowl: Lamont Jordan, William Floyd, and Giovani Bernard.
Offensive Linemen are Lacking: Alex Barron made the list. After that, there’s not even any good options. I wouldn’t call Eugene Monroe or Branden Albert busts by any means, and that is kind of what we are looking at. Compared to other conferences, the ACC has been good.
Some of this is the fact that the ACC has had fewer drafted (13) though the Big 12 had 17 drafted and plenty of outright busts.
Defensive Front Seven is Loaded with Busts: The one area the ACC can compete is in the defensive front. Travis Johnson and John McCargo, plenty of defensive ends, and the safe pick of Aaron Curry as the fourth overall pick.
The (in)complete ACC team: