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American outperforms the Big 12 at the NFL draft, Michigan leads all schools

Scott Sewell / USA TODAY Sports

There may be five conferences that belong to the Power 5, but it was more of a Power 4 during the 2017 NFL Draft.

The SEC once again led all conferences, followed by the ACC and a battle for third between the Pac-12 and Big Ten.

In fifth spot came the American Conference, which finished with one more pick than the Big 12 and well behind the top four conferences. In fact, even if the American and Big 12 combined draft picks, they still would have finished behind the Big Ten.

Conference No. of Picks
SEC 53
ACC 42
Pac-12 36
Big Ten 35
AAC 15
Big 12 14

After having just five players taken in the first two days, things did not improve all that much on Day 3 for the Big 12.

When it came to individual programs, Michigan led the way, earning the program's best draft haul in the modern era.

School No. of Picks
Michigan 11
Alabama 10
Miami (FL) 9
Florida 8
Utah 8
Ohio State 7
Tennessee 6
North Carolina 6
Clemson 6

The Wolverines fell one short of tying rival Ohio State's haul from a year ago, but were three short of the all-time record, set by the Buckeyes in 2004

On the flip side, Georgia only had one player selected, Isaiah McKenzie in the fifth round, which was one less than what Division II West Georgia produced.

A handful of other big-name schools did not perform well either, which saw Oregon have its 32-year streak of having at least one player drafted snapped.

School No. of Picks
Nebraska 1
Notre Dame 2
Oregon 0
Penn State 1
Texas 1

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