Most players selected from a school in an NFL Draft: Ohio State, LSU hold modern record

There will be plenty of Bulldogs who get the call to the NFL in 2022. Defending national champion Georgia had what many believe to be an NFL-caliber defense, as well as several outstanding offensive talents that will pique the interest of the repechage.

There have been other teams in the past that have hit high numbers in a single draft. LSU’s 2019 national championship-winning team had 14 players selected in the following draft. Ohio State had 12 players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, two years into its national title run. Alabama has had at least 10 players taken in four of the last five drafts.

NFL fans have grown accustomed to frequently hearing the same schools mentioned on draft night, with powerhouse college football programs like Alabama, Ohio State, LSU and Georgia often among the schools with the lowest numbers. most mentioned to send leads to the league.

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But which team holds the record for the most players taken in a single draft? The Sporting News delves into the history of the draft.

Most players drafted in a year by school

In 1994, the NFL Draft officially became a seven-round event. There had been differences before that. It was eight in 1993, 12 rounds in 1977-92 and 17 in 1967-76, at the start of the Super Bowl era. Before, there were even more rounds, but fewer teams. So there are several different ways to look at the most players drafted in a single class.

In the seven-round era, that record is tied between LSU in the 2020 NFL Draft and the Ohio State team in 2004, with 14 players selected, according to data from Pro Football Reference. Alabama is next with 12 players selected in 2018.

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Hitting the double digits is extremely rare. In the seven-round era, only 14 schools had at least 10 players drafted in a single year. These teams are:

  • Ohio State: 4
  • Alabama: 4
  • USC: 3
  • State of Florida: 3
  • Michigan: 2
  • LMU: 1
  • Oklahoma: 1
  • Miami: 1
  • Notre Dame: 1
  • Penn State: 1
  • Colorado: 1
  • Washington: 1
  • Louisville: 1
  • Tennessee: 1

In the era of the seven-round draft, here are the biggest single-school draft classes:

Year school Drafted players
2004 ohio state 14
2020 USL 14
2018 Alabama 12
2016 ohio state 12
2002 Miami 11
2005 Oklahoma 11
2006 USC 11
2009 USC 11
2013 state of florida 11
2015 state of florida 11
2017 Michigan 11

In NFL Draft history, 14 isn’t quite enough to reach the top, although it’s still close. The record belongs to Texas in the 1984 NFL Draft, when 17 players were selected.

Here’s a look at the greatest draft classes of all time.

Year school Drafted players
1984 Texas 17
1946 our Lady 16
[1945[1945 our Lady 15
1953 USC 15
1975 USC 14
1977 USC 14
2004 ohio state 14
2020 USL 14

Notre Dame had a prolific three-year run from 1944 to 1946 that saw 44 players drafted into the NFL. No other program has produced more than 32 in three years.

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Most first-round picks in a single draft per school

Unlike the total number of picks in a draft, schools are more likely to have more first-round picks now than they have in the past, given that the league now has 32 teams.

It’s no surprise, then, that the record for most first-round picks has been set since 2002, when the league expanded to 32 teams.

The record is currently shared by two programs: Miami and Alabama. In 2004, the Hurricanes set the record with six, when Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow II, Jonathan Vilma, DJ Williams, Vernon Carey and Vince Wilfork were selected in the first round. In the most recent draft, defending national champion Alabama tied that record as Jaylen Waddle, Patrick Surtain II, DeVonta Smith, Mac Jones, Alex Leatherwood and Najee Harris were selected in the first round.

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There haven’t been many all-time teams that have even reached five. Here is the full list:

Year school Choice
2004 Miami 6
2021 Alabama 6
1968 USC 5
2002 Miami 5
2006 ohio state 5
2016 ohio state 5
2020 USL 5

Notre Dame, USC and Oklahoma are tied as the three schools with the most players to be selected first overall at five each. Auburn, Georgia and Stanford are next at four; LSU, Ohio State and Texas each had three; California, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech both have them.

All-time players drafted by school

There are a few schools that have historically dominated the draft, leaving big gaps between the top three and the rest of the pack.

Based on draft data from Pro Football Reference, Notre Dame had the most players drafted ever with 520. USC has the second-most with 513. Then there’s a bit of a gap. , and Ohio State comes in third with 474. Then there is another gap and Oklahoma is fourth at 405, followed by Michigan (392), Alabama (385), Penn State (368 ), Nebraska (363), LSU (362) and Florida (362).

In the seven-round draft era, Ohio State leads with 184 with Alabama (161), Florida (156), Florida State (154), and LSU (149) rounding out the top five.

USC has had the most years ever where at least 10 players have been drafted at age 15. Notre Dame is the only other school with double-digit grades at 13. Ohio State had eight all-time, Texas had six, and Alabama, Oklahoma and Penn State had five each.

Since 1994, when the draft grew to seven rounds, Ohio State and Alabama have the most draft classes from 10 players to four each, with Florida State and USC each at three and Michigan at two.

The Sporting News 2022 Simulation Project

What should fans expect in 2022? It looks like a year where there could be a story.

Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News currently projected that 14 Georgia players would be selected in his seven-round mock draft, which would tie LSU and Ohio State for the seven-round era record. It would also put them in the conversation to do the draft story if just one more were to get ahead of them.

Unsurprisingly, the Bulldogs lead the TSN mock draft with 14 by a considerable margin. Here’s a look at which schools should have the most picks on draft day:

school Choice
Georgia 14
Alabama 9
Cincinnati 9
USL 8
Penn State 8
Texas A&M 8
Kentucky 7
Michigan 7
ohio state 7
Oklahoma 7
Virginia Tech 7
Arizona State 6
our Lady 5
Ole Miss 5

As for first-round picks, Iyer predicts Georgia will see four players selected in the first 32 selections, again leading the pack. Alabama, Cincinnati, Michigan and Ohio State are the only other teams expected to have multiple first rounds, each with two.

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Iyer also predicts Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson will be first overall, which would move the Wolverines up to three all-time players who were chosen with the first draft pick, tying them with Ohio State, LSU and Texas. The last time a Wolverine was picked first overall was in 2008, when the Dolphins took offensive tackle Jake Long.

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