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.
|1976||Nebraska, Ohio State||11|
|1979||Notre Dame, Oklahoma||10|
|1993||Notre Dame, Miami||9|
|1995||Colorado, Florida State||10|
|1997||Arizona State, Miami, Nebraska||8|
|1999||Florida, Ohio State||8|
|2003||Florida, Miami, Tennessee||8|
|2011||North Carolina, USC||9|
USC has the most first-round picks since the common draft started in 1967, but Ohio State is making up ground.
|Ohio State||56||Texas A&M||28|
|Florida State||42||Michigan State||24|
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.