2007 NFL Draft: So Noted
By Joe Platania, PressBox Staff
In the last 10 drafts, 243 different schools have had a total of 2,522 players drafted. There are 14 schools that can claim 38 draftees or more over that span.
At the top of the list are the usual suspects: Miami (67), Florida State and Ohio State (66 each), Tennessee (61), Georgia (54), Florida (53) and Nebraska (52).
Following them are more known football quantities: Virginia Tech and Southern California (45 each), Michigan and Wisconsin (43 each), LSU (40), Oklahoma (39) and Arizona State (38).
All told, 22,085 players have been drafted in the seven-decade history of the selection meeting.
A notable absence from the above list is Notre Dame, due to its mostly-subpar showings in the last decade. However, since the first-ever draft in 1936, that storied program has had more players drafted than any other, a grand total of 472. That's far ahead of the 404 taken by archrival Southern California.
No school has had a player taken in each and every draft since the beginning, but Texas is close.
The Longhorns' program has had at least one player drafted in each selection meeting since 1938, a streak of 69 straight years.
All told, there have been 54 different schools that can claim the draft's first overall pick.
But two of those schools don't even field football teams anymore: the University of Tampa, which saw John Matuszak go first to the Houston Oilers in 1973, and the University of Chicago, which claimed the first-ever Heisman Trophy winner and first overall pick, Jay Berwanger, in 1936.
Berwanger eventually went to law school and didn't play a down in the NFL.
One big reason former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was skeptical about having the draft televised is the slow pace and long duration.
ESPN and NFL Network theatrics aside, that hasn't changed. The first round usually begins at 12:12 p.m. (after the networks sign on and chat for a few minutes, of course) and ends between 5 and 6 p.m.
Last year, the first round was completed in a rather tidy four hours and 48 minutes and ended right at 5 p.m. However, with plenty of trades rumored in the offing, don't look for a repeat of that.
The Washington Redskins are known for trading away draft picks for proven veterans, leaving them short-handed on draft day.
But nothing tops what they did in 1978, when they had made so many trades they didn't even have a pick until the eighth round, one that doesn't exist anymore. They selected the legendary Moses Denson of Maryland-Eastern Shore.
LSU's JaMarcus Russell could be the 27th quarterback taken first overall in draft history. Since 1936, there have been 23 running backs snagged with the first pick. Thirteen defensive linemen have had that honor, as well as six wideouts, five offensive linemen, three linebackers and one defensive back.
Issue 2.17: April 26, 2007