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Schools with the most players drafted in 2019

  • Schools with the most players drafted in 2019

    Unlike previous years, the 2019 NFL Draft held a reasonable amount of suspense leading into the first overall pick. The Arizona Cardinals had not gone public about their intent to draft Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray and were yet to find a trade partner for last year’s first-round quarterback selection, Josh Rosen (10th overall). The Cardinals ultimately took Murray (and Rosen was sent to the Miami Dolphins) in what marked the second consecutive year a Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback was taken with the first overall selection. Now, the Cardinals hope to yield the type of returns the Browns saw in 2018 with Baker Mayfield.

    NFL offenses are moving toward wide-open, collegiate-style offenses, and coordinators are increasingly beginning to favor dual-threat options; so it only makes sense that quarterbacks with pedigrees like Mayfield, Murray, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen are what franchises in need of signal-callers seek.

    While Oklahoma continues a run of producing top-of-the-draft talent, the need to combat offenses that emphasize speed and versatility means schools well known for churning out top-level defensive talent saw many of their players turn pro.

    In total, 102 schools had at least one player selected on draft weekend. While the draft board was dominated by perennial powerhouse programs, there was still room for some lesser-known schools to have their moment. Houston DT Ed Oliver (ninth overall to the Bills) and Alabama State OT Tytus Howard (23rd overall to the Texans) were each taken in the first round and hail from schools outside of the “Power Five” conferences.

    To break it all down, Stacker has ranked schools by the number of players selected during the 2019 NFL Draft. To make it into this gallery, schools had to have had four or more players drafted. Ties were broken by the highest draft pick.

    Read on to find out which schools top the list—and which teams those players now call their own.

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  • #26. University of Oregon

    - Number of players drafted: 4
    - Players drafted:
    --- S Ugochukwu Amadi (Seattle Seahawks, round 4, #132 overall pick)
    --- LB Justin Hollins (Denver Broncos, round 5, #156 overall pick)
    --- WR Dillon Mitchell (Minnesota Vikings, round 7, #239 overall pick)
    --- DE Jalen Jelks (Dallas Cowboys, round 7, #241 overall pick)

    Though the Ducks produce top talent every year in Eugene, their four draft picks have yet to leave their mark on the league. While Ugo Amadi has seen action in all 10 Seahawks games, he’s recorded just seven solo tackles. Justin Hollins, meanwhile, got his first sack in Week 9 but got off to a rough start in general at linebacker.

  • #25. University of South Carolina

    - Number of players drafted: 4
    - Players drafted:
    --- OT Chuma Edoga (New York Jets, round 3, #92 overall pick)
    --- CB Iman Marshall (Baltimore Ravens, round 4, #127 overall pick)
    --- S Marvell Tell III (Indianapolis Colts, round 5, #144 overall pick)
    --- LB Cameron Smith (Minnesota Vikings, round 5, #162 overall pick)

    Gamecock alum Chuma Edoga has already factored into the struggling Jets offensive line, starting several games at left tackle for Kelvin Beachum. Cornerback Iman Marshall, after suffering an injury in camp, was just added to the Ravens active roster. Safety Marvell Tell III got his first career start in Week 11 and leads the team with five passes defended.

  • #24. University of Wisconsin

    - Number of players drafted: 4
    - Players drafted:
    --- G Michael Deiter (Miami Dolphins, round 3, #78 overall pick)
    --- LB Ryan Connelly (New York Giants, round 5, #143 overall pick)
    --- LB Andrew Van Ginkel (Miami Dolphins, round 5, #151 overall pick)
    --- OT David Edwards (Los Angeles Rams, round 5, #169 overall pick)

    Guard Michael Deiter has already seen playing time for a beleaguered Miami Dolphins team, even subbing in at left tackle in place of an injury—showing Miami’s confidence in the Badger. Ryan Connelly, part of the Giants’ thin linebacker corps, ended his season in September after tearing his ACL.

  • #23. University of Maryland

    - Number of players drafted: 4
    - Players drafted:
    --- S Darnell Savage Jr. (Green Bay Packers, round 1, #21 overall pick)
    --- DT Byron Cowart (New England Patriots, round 5, #159 overall pick)
    --- RB Ty Johnson (Detroit Lions, round 6, #186 overall pick)
    --- OT Derwin Gray (Pittsburgh Steelers, round 7, #219 overall pick)

    Despite the Packers’ shaky defense—they rank 28th in total yards—safety Darnell Savage has proven worthy of his #21 selection. Though he was injured in Week 5, he looked like a future mainstay of the Green Bay offense right off the bat. In eight games, he has 36 total tackles—29 solo—one interception, and a forced fumble.

  • #22. North Carolina State University

    - Number of players drafted: 4
    - Players drafted:
    --- C Garrett Bradbury (Minnesota Vikings, round 1, #18 overall pick)
    --- LB Germaine Pratt (Cincinnati Bengals, round 3, #72 overall pick)
    --- QB Ryan Finley (Cincinnati Bengals, round 4, #104 overall pick)
    --- WR Kelvin Harmon (Washington Redskins, round 6, #206 overall pick)

    Most notably among drafted players from North Carolina State, Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley has started in place of Andy Dalton since Week 10. Cincinnati has not produced many positives in an 0-10 season, and despite Finley’s lackluster early reps, the Bengals will stick with him for now.

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  • #21. Boston College

    - Number of players drafted: 4
    - Players drafted:
    --- G Chris Lindstrom (Atlanta Falcons, round 1, #14 overall pick)
    --- DE Zach Allen (Arizona Cardinals, round 3, #65 overall pick)
    --- S Will Harris (Detroit Lions, round 3, #81 overall pick)
    --- TE Tommy Sweeney (Buffalo Bills, round 7, #228 overall pick)

    After joining fellow Boston College alum Matt Ryan on the Atlanta Falcons, first-round guard Chris Lindstrom was able to protect his quarterback for just one game before hitting the injured reserve in early September. His absence has only worsened the picture for a beat-up O-line struggling for answers after an offseason upgrade.

  • #20. University of Iowa

    - Number of players drafted: 4
    - Players drafted:
    --- TE T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions, round 1, #8 overall pick)
    --- TE Noah Fant (Denver Broncos, round 1, #20 overall pick)
    --- DE Anthony Nelson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, round 4, #107 overall pick)
    --- S Amani Hooker (Tennessee Titans, round 4, #116 overall pick)

    Rookie first-round tight ends T.J. Hockenson (pick #8 overall) and Noah Fant (#20) have both made waves in the first year with the Lions and Broncos; the former has 26 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns in Detroit, and the latter has 27 catches for 360 yards and two touchdowns in Denver.

  • #19. University of Miami

    - Number of players drafted: 5
    - Players drafted:
    --- S Sheldrick Redwine (Cleveland Browns, round 4, #119 overall pick)
    --- CB Michael Jackson (Dallas Cowboys, round 5, #158 overall pick)
    --- DE Joe Jackson (Dallas Cowboys, round 5, #165 overall pick)
    --- CB Jaquan Johnson (Buffalo Bills, round 6, #181 overall pick)
    --- RB Travis Homer (Seattle Seahawks, round 6, #204 overall pick)

    Despite five 2019 draft selections, Miami Hurricane picks have barely seen the field this season. Browns' safety Sheldrick Redwine has one tackle in 41 total defensive snaps; Cowboys DE Joe Jackson has four tackles and one quarterback hit in five games, and corner Jaquan Johnson has only appeared on special teams.

  • #18. West Virginia University

    - Number of players drafted: 5
    - Players drafted:
    --- QB Will Grier (Carolina Panthers, round 3, #100 overall pick)
    --- OT Yodny Cajuste (New England Patriots, round 3, #101 overall pick)
    --- WR Gary Jennings Jr. (Seattle Seahawks, round 4, #120 overall pick)
    --- TE Trevon Wesco (New York Jets, round 4, #121 overall pick)
    --- LB David Long Jr. (Tennessee Titans, round 6, #188 overall pick)

    Despite a prolific career at quarterback for the Mountaineers, third-rounder Will Grier has watched as Kyle Allen stepped in for the injured Cam Newton in Carolina. Patriots third-rounder Yodny Cajuste started the season on IR and likely won’t debut until 2021.

  • #17. Stanford University

    - Number of players drafted: 5
    - Players drafted:
    --- WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (Philadelphia Eagles, round 2, #57 overall pick)
    --- LB Bobby Okereke (Indianapolis Colts, round 3, #89 overall pick)
    --- RB Bryce Love (Washington Redskins, round 4, #112 overall pick)
    --- P Jake Bailey (New England Patriots, round 5, #163 overall pick)
    --- TE Kaden Smith (San Francisco 49ers, round 6, #176 overall pick)

    Second-round receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside has been brought along extremely slowly (three catches in 27% of offensive snaps) in Philadelphia despite a dearth of talent and health at the position. Linebacker Bobby Okereke is off to a solid start, recording 25 solo tackles and a fumble recovery in 10 games for Indianapolis.

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