Chart: Schools with the most NFL Draft picks over the last 5 years

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday April 27, 2017

The NFL Draft comes to you from Philadelphia, beginning tonight. Can anyone knock Alabama from its perch? Here are the schools with the most draft picks over the last five years.

Some takeaways

- Florida State has been close to Alabama, but the Tide extended their lead last year and may do so again this year.

- Ohio State had 12 players picked in the first four rounds last year, the most for a school in the modern era. There’s a chance they could have three defensive backs picked in the first round this year and may have six picks total.

- Tennessee has produced zero picks over the last two years. Before that the Vols had seen a player drafted every year from 1964-2014. That will end this year.

- North Carolina had 21 picks from 2011-14, but has had zero picks each of the last two years. Mitch Trubisky will quickly end that streak.

- Just as he did at Wisconsin, Bret Bielema is turning Arkansas into a consistent producer of NFL talent. Steve Spurrier did the same for South Carolina.

- Who has depth? Ohio State saw 12 players drafted and still reached the College Football Playoff this season. UCLA lost 8 and Notre Dame lost 7, and both went 4-8.

Here are the teams that just missed the cut:

Baylor (19)
Michigan State (19)
Penn State (18)
Wisconsin (18)
Texas A&M (17)
Louisville (16)
Missouri (16)

Here are the numbers for some other notable programs:

Auburn (14)
Michigan (14)
Nebraska (14)
Texas (12)
Virginia Tech (12)
Tennessee (8)

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to