School pride on the line in NFL draft

If colleges are looking for NFL draft bragging rights during recruiting visits with high school football players, here are the schools that have some of the NFL draft records.

With quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz expected to be drafted first and second overall in next Friday’s start of the NFL draft, Ohio State can’t claim the first overall selection, but the Buckeyes might get bragging rights on the most first-round selections in NFL draft history.

The Miami Hurricanes hold the NFL draft record with six first-round picks in 2004 – Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey and Vince Wilfork.

Ohio State should at least challenge that record, if not break it. Defensive end Joey Bosa, offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and running back Ezekiel Elliott could be top-10 selections. Linebacker Darron Lee, offensive tackle Taylor Decker and cornerback Eli Apple are also considered first-round talents by many draft analysts, and safety Vonn Bell and receiver Michael Thomas might also sneak into the first round.

The battle for top football college in the country could take on many shapes when it comes to the NFL draft. Here are some of the other draft records when it comes to school pride.

MOST NO. 1 OVERALL CHOICES

Auburn, Notre Dame and USC are currently locked in a tie for the most No. 1 overall selections in the draft.

  • Auburn has QB Cam Newton (2011), LBAundray Bruce (1988), RB Bo Jackson (1986), TB Tucker Frederickson (1965) and G Ken Rice (1961).
  • Notre Dame has DE Walt Patulski (1973), RB Paul Hornung (1957), TE Leon Hart (1950), QB Frank Dancewicz (1946) and QB Angelo Bertelli (1944).
  • USC has QB Carson Palmer (2003), WR Keyshawn Johnson (1996), RB Ricky Bell (1977), RB O.J. Simpson (1969) and T Ron Yary (1968).

POWER OF THREE

Since 2000, a college has had at least three players taken in the first round 26 times:

  • Florida State (2000) – Peter Warrick/Cincinnati; Corey Simon/Philadelphia; Sebastian Janikowski/Oakland)
  • Miami (2001) – Dan Morgan/Carolina; Damione Lewis/St. Louis; Santana Moss/ N.Y. Jets; Reggie Wayne/Indianapolis.
  • Michigan (2001) – David Terrell/Chicago; Steve Hutchinson/Seattle; Jeff Backus/Detroit.
  • Miami (2002) – Bryant McKinnie/Minnesota; Jeremy Shockey/N.Y. Giants; Phillip Buchanon/Oakland; Ed Reed/Baltimore; Mike Rumph/San Francisco.  
  • Tennessee (2002) – John Henderson/Jacksonville; Donte’ Stallworth/New Orleans; Albert Haynesworth/Tennessee.
  • Miami (2003) – Andre Johnson/Houston; Jerome McDougle/Philadelphia; Willis McGahee/Buffalo; William Joseph/N.Y. Giants.
  • Penn State (2003) – Jimmy Kennedy/St. Louis; Michael Haynes/Chicago; Bryant Johnson/Arizona; Larry Johnson/Kansas City.
  • Miami (2004) – Sean Taylor/Washington; Kellen Winslow/Cleveland; Jonathan Vilma/N.Y. Jets; D.J. Williams/Denver; Vernon Carey/Miami; Vince Wilfork/New England.
  • Ohio State (2004) – Will Smith/New Orleans, Chris Gamble/Carolina, Mike Jenkins/Atlanta.
  • Auburn (2005) – Ronnie Brown/Miami; Jason Campbell/Washington; Carlos Rogers/Washington; Carnell Williams/Tampa Bay.
  • Ohio State (2006) – A.J. Hawk/Green Bay; Donte Whitner/Buffalo; Bobby Carpenter/Dallas; Santonio Holmes/Pittsburgh; Nick Mangold/N.Y. Jets.
  • Florida State (2006) – Ernie Sims/Detroit; Kamerion Wimbley/Cleveland; Brodrick Bunkley/Philadelphia; Antonio Cromartie/San Diego.
  • North Carolina State (2006) – Mario Williams/Houston; Manny Lawson/San     Francisco; John McCargo/Buffalo.
  • LSU (2007) – JaMarcus Russell/Oakland; LaRon Landry/Washington; Dwayne Bowe/Kansas City; Craig Davis/San Diego.
  • Miami (2007) – Brandon Meriweather/New England; Jon Beason/Carolina; Greg Olsen/Chicago.
  • USC (2008) – Sedrick Ellis/New Orleans; Keith Rivers/Cincinnati; Sam Baker/Atlanta; Lawrence Jackson/Seattle.
  • USC (2009) – Mark Sanchez/N.Y. Jets; Brian Cushing/Houston; Clay Matthews/Green Bay.
  • Oklahoma (2010) – Sam Bradford/St. Louis; Gerald McCoy/Tampa Bay; Trent Williams/Washington; Jermaine Gresham/Cincinnati.
  • Florida (2010) – Joe Haden/Cleveland; Maurkice Pouncey/Pittsburgh; Tim Tebow/Denver.
  • Alabama (2011) – Marcell Dareus/Buffalo; Julio Jones/Atlanta; James Carpenter/Seattle; Mark Ingram/New Orleans.
  • Alabama (2012) – Trent Richardson/Cleveland; Mark Barron/Tampa Bay; Dre Kirkpatrick/Cincinnati; Dont’a Hightower/New England.
  • Alabama (2013) – Dee Milliner/New York Jets; Chance Warmack/Tennessee; D.J. Fluker/San Diego.
  • Florida State (2013) – E.J. Manuel/Buffalo; Bjoern Werner/Indianapolis; Xavier Rhodes/Minnesota.
  • Louisville (2014) – Calvin Pryor/New York Jets; Marcus Smith/Philadelphia; Teddy Bridgewater/Minnesota.
  • Texas A&M (2014) – Jake Matthews/Atlanta; Mike Evans/Tampa Bay; Johnny Manziel/Cleveland.
  • Washington (2015) – Danny Shelton/Cleveland; Marcus Peters/Kansas City; Shaq Thompson/Carolina.

MOST BY SCHOOL

Here is the list of the most players drafted from a single school for each draft since 1970.

Year College Players
1970 Grambling, USC 9
1971 Ohio State 13
1972 Michigan 10
1973 Oklahoma 11
1974 UCLA 12
1975 USC 14
1976 Nebraska, Ohio State 11
1977 USC 14
1978 Florida 10
1979 Notre Dame, Oklahoma 10
1980 Nebraska, USC 10
1981 Pittsburgh 12
1982 Texas 12
1983 USC 11
1984 Texas 17
1985 Wisconsin 11
1986 Illinois, USC 9
1987 Penn State 13
1988 Oklahoma 13
1989 Auburn 10
1990 USC 10
1991 Miami 11
1992 Washington  11
1993 Notre Dame, Miami 9
1994 Notre Dame 10
1995 Colorado, Florida State 10
1996 Penn State 10
1997 Arizona State, Miami, Nebraska 8
1998 Washington 10
1999 Florida, Ohio State 8
2000 Tennessee 9
2001 Florida State 9
2002 Miami 11
2003 Florida, Miami, Tennessee 8
2004 Ohio State 14
2005 Oklahoma 11
2006 USC 11
2007 Florida 9
2008 USC 10
2009 USC 11
2010 Florida  9
2011 North Carolina, USC 9
2012 Alabama 8
2013 Florida State 11
2014 Louisiana State 9
2015 Florida State 11

MOST FIRST-ROUNDERS

USC has the most first-round picks since the common draft started in 1967, but Ohio State is making up ground.

College Total College Total
Southern California 68 Oklahoma 32
Miami  58 Nebraska 28
Ohio State 56 Texas A&M  28
Florida 46 Louisiana State 26
Alabama  42 Georgia 25
Florida State 42 Michigan State 24
Notre Dame  39 UCLA 24
Tennessee 39 Arizona State 23
Michigan 34 California 23
Penn State 33 Clemson 23
Texas 33 Pittsburgh 23

MISC. SCHOOL PRIDE

Tennessee, Alabama and Miami had players at the same taken in consecutive first-round picks. For Tennessee in 1991, it was offensive tackles Charles McRae (7th to Tampa Bay) and Antone Davis (8th to Philadelphia). For Alabama in 1993, it was defensive ends John Copeland (5th to Cincinnati) and Eric Curry (6th to Tampa Bay). For Miami in 1997, it was defensive ends Kenard Lang (17th to Washington) and Kenny Holmes (18th to Tennessee).

If Alabama has a player selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Crimson Tide will surpass Pittsburgh (1983-1989), Ohio State (1991-1997) and Florida (1997-2003) for the third-longest consecutive streak of players drafted in the first round since the advent of the common draft in 1967. They currently have seven consecutive drafts with at least one first-round pick. Miami (1995-2008) holds the longest streak with 14 consecutive drafts having at least one player selected in the first round.

 


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