College Sports

Which college football program had the most picks in the 2019 NFL Draft?

With the dynasty Nick Saban has built at Alabama in the last 12 years, it’s not a shock to see the Crimson Tide yielding plenty of NFL talent each year.

Following Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft, the Tide were joined by Clemson and Mississippi State with the most picks in the opening round.

The Bulldogs have never had so many first-round picks before, and the previous time they had two first-round draft picks was in 1996. Mississippi State finished with five players drafted.

Clemson finished with six players taken in the draft.

After Day 2 on Friday, the Crimson Tide had produced more draft picks but remained tied for having the most picks in this year’s draft.

The difference, though, was Ohio State was the school tied with Alabama.

Meanwhile, Florida schools were a bit lean on NFL talent through the first three rounds. The University of Miami and University of Florida, historically ripe with NFL first-round talent, did not have one player taken in Thursday’s opening round. In UM’s case, the ‘Canes needed to wait until Saturday to have a player drafted.

While Gerald Willis notably went undrafted, the Hurricanes did finish with five players taken in the draft. That tied the Gators for the best among Florida schools.

Only Florida State’s Brian Burns was selected from a Sunshine State college in the first round. Seminoles’ teammate Demarcus Christmas went on Saturday. UCF’s Trysten Hill and FAU’s Devin Singletary and Kerrith Whyte were also taken from in-state programs.

Here’s the NFL Draft tracker for the top five schools, plus the Hurricanes:

Alabama: Quinnen Williams, Jonah Williams, Josh Jacobs, Irv Smith Jr., Damien Harris, Christian Miller, Deionte Thompson, Ross Pierschbacher, Mack Wilson, Isaiah Buggs

Ohio State: Nick Bosa, Dwayne Haskins, Parris Campbell, Dre’mont Jones, Terry Mclaurin, Kendall Sheffield, Michael Jordan, Isaiah Prince, Mike Weber

Oklahoma: Kyler Murray, Marquise Brown, Caleb Ford, Bobby Evans, Dru Samia, Ben Powers, Austin Seibert, Rodney Anderson

Washington: Kaleb Mcgary, Byron Murphy, Drew Sample, Taylor Rapp, Greg Gaines, Ben Burr-Kirven, Jordan Miller, Myles Gaskin

Texas A&M: Erik Mccoy, Jace Sternberger, Kingsley Keke, Daylon Mack, Trayveon Williams, Donovan Wilson, Cullen Gillaspia

Miami: Sheldrick Redwine, Michael Jackson, Joe Jackson, Jaquan Johnson, Travis Homer

Sports reporter Jason has covered high school, college and pro sports since joining the Bradenton Herald in 2010. He’s won Florida Press Club awards for sports feature and column writing. He currently writes college and pro sports stories for the McClatchy East Region real-time team.