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NFL Draft: These 10 Colleges had the Most Players Drafted in 2019

Now that the 2019 NFL draft is over, we don’t have to strain ourselves over misinformation and guesswork leading up to the annual event. We don’t have to wonder if Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray will go No. 1 overall (he did). There’s no more pondering if the consensus first-round picks really will go that high (they did). And now we have definitive answers to our questions about prospects who might slide on draft day. Now that all 254 picks in the 2019 NFL draft have been made let’s see which colleges had the most players enter the pro ranks. These 10 schools led the way (in the case of ties, we moved the team with players taken earlier up the list).

10. Penn State — 6

Perhaps trying to replicate the division rival New York Giants’ success taking Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in the 2018 NFL draft, the Philadelphia Eagles picked PSU’s Miles Sanders at No. 53 overall.

Connor McGovern (Dallas, No. 90), Shareef Miller (Philadelphia, No. 138), Amani Oruwariye (Detroit, No. 146), Trace McSorley (Baltimore, No. 197), and Nick Scott (Los Angeles Rams, No. 243) were the other Penn State draft picks.

9. Ole Miss — 6

We thought speedy receiver D.K. Metcalf might be the first Ole Miss player off the board, but he fell to Seattle at the end of the second round at No. 64. Metcalf was the third player from Mississippi to hear his name called at the NFL draft.

Offensive lineman Greg Little went to the Carolina Panthers at No. 37, and receiver A.J. Brown went to the Tennessee Titans at No. 51 overall. After Metcalf, Dawson Knox (Bills, No. 96), Cerri Green (Colts, No, 199), Javon Patterson (Colts, No. 246), and Ken Webster (Patriots, No. 252) were the other Mississippi players picked in the NFL draft.

8. Michigan — 6

The Wolverines had two players go early in the first round — LB Devin Bush to the Steelers at No. 10, and DE Rashan Gary to the Packers two picks later. Bush was one of the consensus first-round talents, but Green Bay picking Gary at No. 12 might be a stretch.

Chase Winovich (Patriots, No. 77) and David Long (Rams, No. 79) also went two picks apart in the third round. The Steelers picked up Zach Gentry at No. 141, and David Long went to the Titans at No. 188.

7. Clemson — 6

Clelin Ferrell was one of six Clemson players picked in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Clelin Ferrell was the first Clemson player picked in the 2019 NFL draft. | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Of all the colleges with seven players taken in the 2019 NFL draft, Clemson tops them all thanks to the Raiders shocking prognosticators by taking DE Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 overall. Two other Clemson defensive linemen, Christian Wilkins (Dolphins, No. 13) and Dexter Lawrence (Giants, No. 17) went early in the first round.

Trayvon Mullen (Raiders, No. 40),  Austin Bryant (Lions, No. 117), and Hunter Renfrow (Raiders, No. 149) rounded out Clemson’s draft class.

6. Texas A&M — 7

Texas A&M didn’t have any marquee first-rounders in the NFL draft, but it sent several players to the next level.

Center Erik McCoy went to the Saints at No. 46, and TE Jace Sternberger went midway through the third round (No. 75) to the Packers.

Kingsley Keke (Packers, No. 150), Daylon Mack (Ravens, No. 160), fleet-footed running back Trayveon Williams (Bengals, No. 182), Donovan Wilson (Cowboys, No. 213), and Cullen Gillaspia (Texans, No. 220) were the other Aggies selected.

5. Georgia — 7

Cornerback Deandre Baker snuck into the first round when the Giants picked him at No. 30 overall, and the Bulldogs had several receivers go in the NFL draft.

Mecole Hardman (Chiefs, No. 56), Riley Ridley (Bears, No. 126), and Terry Godwin (Panthers, No. 237) are former Georgia receivers preparing for life in the NFL.  D’Andre Walker (Titans, No. 168), Lamont Gaillard (Cardinals, No. 179), and Isaac Nautu (Lions, No. 224) are headed to the next level, too.

4. Washington — 8

The Huskies had to wait a little while to have a player hear his named called in the draft, but they had several move on to the next level.

Offensive lineman Kaleb McGary went No. 31 overall to the Falcons, and cornerback Byron Murphy was the first pick of the second round, going to Arizona at No. 33. Drew Sample (Bengals, No. 53) and Taylor Rapp (Rams, No. 61) joined Murphy as second-round picks.

The Rams picked DT Greg Gaines at No. 134 at the tail end of the fourth round, and the Seahawks nabbed LB Ben Burr-Kirven in the fifth round at No. 142. Jordan Miller (Falcons, No. 172) and Myles Gaskin (Dolphins, No. 234) went from Washington to the NFL, too.

3. Oklahoma — 8

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray went No. 1 in the 2019 NFL draft, and many expected him to do. Seven other Oklahoma players heard their names called.

Wide receiver Marquise Brown was also a first-rounder, going to the Ravens at No. 25, and Cody Ford (Bills, No. 38) went early in the second round.

Bobby Evans (Rams, No. 97), Dru Samia (Seahawks, No. 114), Ben Powers (Ravens, No. 123), kicker Austin Seibert (Browns, No. 170) and Rodney Anderson (Bengals, No. 211) were also NFL draft picks.

2. Ohio State — 9

Nick Bosa going No. 2 overall to the 49ers started a long parade of Buckeyes at the 2019 NFL draft. Quarterback Dwyane Haskins joined Bosa in the first round as he went No. 15 overall to Washington. Parris Campbell (Colts, No. 59) went in the second round.

Dre’Mont Jones (Broncos, No. 71) and Terry McLaurin (Washington, No. 76) were third-round picks. Kendall Sheffield (Falcons, No. 111), Michael Jordan (Cowboys, No., 136), Isaiah Prince (Dolphins, No. 202), and Mike Weber (Cowboys, No. 218) had their names called, too.

1. Alabama — 10

The school that has the most active NFL players seems destined to hold on to that distinction. The Crimson Tide had 10 players picked in the NFL draft in 2019, including three in the first round.

Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams went No. 3 overall to the Jets, offensive lineman Jonah Williams went to the Bengals at No. 11, and the Raiders picked running back Josh Jacobs at No. 24.

Irv Smith Jr. (Vikings, No. 50), Damien Harris (Patriots, No. 87), and Christian Miller (Panthers, No. 115) went in the top half of the draft. Deionte Thompson (Cardinals, No.139), Ross Pierschbacher (Washington, No. 153), Mack Wilson (Browns, No. 155), and Isaiah Buggs (Steelers, No. 192) rounded out Alabama’s roll call at the 2019 NFL draft.

These 10 schools dominated the NFL draft

The 10 colleges we just discussed dominated the 2019 draft. The number of players from each school might not look impressive on the surface, but it is if you dig a little deeper.

These 10 colleges had 73 players hear their names called in the NFL draft combined. That’s nearly 29% of the 254 players drafted.

You could form a solid NFL team and practice squad with just the players from these schools. Murray and Haskins have the potential to be above average quarterbacks. Several talented receivers from these schools had their names called throughout the draft. Plus, there’s no shortage of stout linemen on both sides, running backs, linebackers, and players in the secondary to help form a team.