The ACC has had at least 1 player selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft each of the past 35 years.

That streak will be extended Thursday night in Detroit when North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye has his name announced by commissioner Roger Goodell.

The only question is how soon it will happen.

After that, it’s anybody’s guess as to who and how many conference players will be selected. The number varies depending on which mock draft or sportsbook you prefer.

It could be as many as 4, the number of ACC 1st-round picks in each of the past 2 drafts. Or as few as 2. The only certainty is that nothing ever goes according to plan on draft night.

So with that in mind, here are 5 ACC things I’ll be watching for as Round 1 unfolds

Maye isn’t in any danger of dropping out of the top 3, right?

Who can forget the pained look on Will Levis’ face last year as ESPN’s cameras gave him more TV time than Taylor Swift at a Chiefs playoff game? And he’s far from the first player forced to sit alone in the green room on draft night waiting in agony for his name to be called as he plummets down the board. It happens almost every year. So what’s the chance Maye ends up being the poor, unfortunate soul this time around? Slim to none. FanDuel Sportsbook has him at -200 to go at No. 3. Sure, the teams with the first 2 picks will probably take a pass on him based on their previous experiences with UNC quarterbacks. And maybe the Patriots do a Patriots thing and don’t take a quarterback. But even if that happens, someone will trade up to get him by the 4th pick.

Who will be the 2nd ACC player selected?

Florida State edge rusher Jared Verse has the lowest odds among conference players of going in the top 10 at +600, according to FanDuel. But that goes contrary to what many of the most respected mock drafts are predicting. Our own Connor O’Gara has Verse dropping all the way down to No. 23. The only other ACC player getting top 10 odds is Duke offensive tackle Graham Barton. The sleeper pick, however, is Nate Wiggins. The Clemson cornerback wowed the scouts with a blistering 4.28 40 — the 2nd-fastest time in this year’s class. That, combined with his length, versatility and playmaking instincts will make him difficult to pass up for a team in need of a shutdown corner.

So how low will Verse go?

The consensus is that Verse would have been a top-10 pick had he decided to come out after last season, as most expected. But he stuck around, hoping to add even more polish to his game after starting his career at FCS Albany, and to help the Seminoles contend for championships. He succeeded at both by recording 9 sacks for the 2nd straight season while using his speed and power to lead FSU to a 13-0 start and an ACC title. On top of that, he performed well at the NFL Combine. So who has he dropped on so many mock draft boards? It could be his age, even though it’s comical to think that anyone can be considered “too old” at age 24. Or maybe it’s that he’s a little light for an NFL edge rusher at 254 pounds. Whatever it is, his value will go up exponentially the farther he falls below the mid-teens.

Who has the best chance of sneaking into the 1st round?

Assuming that Maye, Verse, Wiggins and Barton are the most likely ACC candidates to go in the 1st round, the 3 players with the best odds of joining them, according to FanDuel, are Florida State teammates Keon Coleman and Braden Fiske, and NC State’s Payton Wilson. Coleman (-400) is a big-play receiver with soft hands and a knack for making tough catches, especially on jump balls in the end zone. Fiske (+430) is a fast-rising late bloomer who can play both inside and outside on the defensive line. The Western Michigan transfer parlayed a dominating performance in the ACC Championship game against Louisville with an equally impressive Combine performance. Wilson (+900) is the most intriguing prospect of the 3 because of his wild range of projections. He’s the Butkus Award winner as the best linebacker in college football. And the scouts love the intensity with which he plays. The Athletic quoted one NFL general manager who praised Wilson for “playing like his hair’s on fire.” But because of his injury history and concerns about his durability, he could go anywhere from the 1st to 3rd rounds.

The over/under on ACC first-rounders is …

3. Maye, Verse and Wiggins are as close to sure things as you can get under these circumstances. After that, the decisions are up to the whims and needs of the individual teams. A lot may depend on specific trends. A run on offensive tackles would be a positive sign for Duke’s Barton, just as it would be a negative for teams to start shying away from wide receivers once Marvin Harrison Jr. comes off the board. Then there are those circumstances that are impossible to project. Like someone taking a flier on Wilson or someone else off the beaten path. All it takes is 1 such reach or a trade or 2 to throw everything out of whack. That’s why we stay up, sometimes past midnight, to see how it unfolds.