How long since every college team’s last 1st-rounder
Iowa State’s outlier drought should hit 46 years in 2019. Here’s how long it’s been for every team in FBS, plus a bunch of lower-level schools that have joined the fray. Almost every major college football program has had at least one first-round pick. But not all of them have, and some have gotten jumped in the queue over the years by smaller schools that play at lower levels. One Power 5 school in particular has had a rough go of it. Iowa State’s sole first round pick was in 1973, when the Houston Oilers took running back George 14th overall. Every other power conference team has had a first-rounder more recently than that, as have a couple dozen mid-majors and FCS teams. Indiana’s last was in 1994, giving the Hoosiers the longest Power 5 drought after ISU. How long’s it been for everybody else? Let’s go through all of FBS and beyond, with help from the draft search engine at Sports Reference. 2018 Alabama: Dolphins DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Washington DL Daron Payne, Titans LB, Rashaan Evans, Falcons WR Calvin Ridley Arkansas: Frank Ragnow, Lions OL Boise State: Leighton Vander Esch, Cowboys LB Florida: Taven Bryan, Jaguars DL Florida State: Derwin James, Chargers DB Georgia: Bears LB Roquan Smith, Patriots OL Isaiah Wynn, Patriots RB Sony Michel Louisville: Packers DB Jaire Alexander, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson Maryland: D.J. Moore, Panthers WR NC State: Bradley Chubb, Broncos DL Notre Dame: Colts OL Quenton Nelson, 49ers OL Mike McGlinchey Ohio State: Browns DB Denzel Ward, Bengals OL Billy Price Oklahoma: Baker Mayfield, Browns QB Penn State: Saquon Barkley, Giants RB San Diego State: Rashaad Penny, Seahawks RB South Carolina: Hayden Hurst, Ravens TE UCF: Mike Hughes, Vikings DB UCLA: Cardinals QB Josh Rosen, Raiders OL Kolton Miller USC: Sam Darnold, Jets QB UTSA: Marcus Davenport, Saints DL Virginia Tech: Bills LB Tremaine Edmunds, Steelers DB Terrell Edmunds Washington: Vita Vea, Buccaneers DL Wyoming: Josh Allen, Bills QB 2017 Clemson: Chargers WR Mike Williams, Texans QB Deshaun Watson LSU: Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette, Jets DB Jamal Adams, Bills DB Tre’Davious White Miami: David Njoku, Browns TE Michigan: Browns DB Jabrill Peppers, Cowboys DL Taco Charlton Missouri: Charles Harris, Dolphins LB North Carolina: Mitchell Trubisky, Bears QB Ole Miss: Evan Engram, Giants TE Stanford: 49ers DL Solomon Thomas, Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey Temple: Haason Redick, Cardinals LB Tennessee: Derek Barnett, Eagles DL Texas A&M: Myles Garrett, Browns DL Texas Tech: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs QB Utah: Garrett Bolles, Broncos OL Western Michigan: Corey Davis, Titans WR Wisconsin: Steelers LB T.J. Watt, Saints OL Ryan Ramczyk 2016 Baylor: Corey Coleman, Browns WR Cal: Jared Goff, Rams QB Houston: William Jackson III, Bengals DB Louisiana Tech: Vernon Butler, Panthers DL Memphis: Paxton Lynch, Broncos QB Michigan State: Jack Conklin, Titans OL Oregon: DeForest Buckner, 49ers DL TCU: Josh Doctson, Washington WR West Virginia: Karl Joseph, Raiders DB 2015 Arizona State: Damarious Randall, Packers DB Duke: Laken Tomlinson, Lions OL Iowa: Brandon Scherff, Washington OL Kentucky: Bud Dupree, Steelers OL Texas: Malcom Brown, Patriots DL UConn: Byron Jones, Cowboys DB Wake Forest: Kevin Johnson, Texans DB 2014 Auburn: Rams OL Greg Robinson, Chiefs DL Dee Ford Buffalo: Khalil Mack, Raiders LB Northern Illinois: Jimmie Ward, 49ers DB Oklahoma State: Justin Gilbert, Browns DB Oregon State: Brandin Cooks, Rams WR Pitt: Aaron Donald, Rams DL Washington State: Deone Bucannon, Cardinals DB 2013 BYU: Ezekiel Ansah, Lions DL Central Michigan: Eric Fisher, Chiefs OL Syracuse: Justin Pugh, Giants OL 2012 Boston College: Luke Kuechly, Panthers LB Illinois: Whitney Mercilus, Texans LB/DE Mississippi State: Fletcher Cox, Eagles DL 2011 Colorado: Patriots OL Nate Solder, Ravens DB Jimmy Smith Nebraska: Prince Amukamara, Giants DB Purdue: Ryan Kerrigan, Washington LB 2010 Fresno State: Ryan Mathews, Chargers RB Georgia Tech: Titans DL Derrick Morgan, Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas Rutgers: 49ers OL Anthony Davis, Patriots DB Devin McCourty USF: Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants DL 2009 Kansas State: Josh Freeman, Buccaneers QB Virginia: Eugene Monroe, Jaguars OL 2008 Arizona: Antoine Cason, Chargers DB East Carolina: Chris Johnson, Titans RB Kansas: Aqib Talib, Buccaneers DB Troy: Leodis McKelvin, Bills DB Vanderbilt: Chris Williams, Bears OL 2006 Minnesota: Laurence Maroney, Patriots RB 2005 Northwestern: Luis Castillo, Chargers DL UAB: Roddy White, Falcons WR 2004 Miami (Ohio): Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers QB Tulane: J.P. Losman, Bills QB 2003 Marshall: Byron Leftwich, Jaguars QB 2002 Hawaii: Ashley Lelie, Broncos WR 2000 New Mexico: Brian Urlacher, Bears LB The 1990s Eastern Michigan, 1999: L.J. Shelton, Cardinals OL Indiana, 1994: Thomas Lewis, Giants WR Toledo, 1993: Dan Williams, Broncos DL Liberty, 1990: Eric Green, Steelers TE The 1980s Colorado State, 1987: Kelly Stouffer, Cardinals QB SMU, 1986: Buccaneers DB Rod Jones, Patriots RB Reggie Dupard Southern Miss, 1984: Louis Lipps, Steelers WR Texas State, 1984: Ricky Sanders, Patriots WR San Jose State, 1983: Gill Byrd, Chargers DB Rice, 1980: Earl Cooper, 49ers RB/DB The 1970s Tulsa, 1977: Steve August, Seahawks OL Iowa State, 1973: George Amundson, Oilers RB Cincinnati, 1971: Bob Bell, Lions DL UL Monroe, 1971: Joe Profit, Falcons RB North Texas, 1971: Lenny Dunlap, Baltimore Colts DB Utah State, 1970: Phil Olsen, Patriots DL The 1960s UMass, 1968: Greg Landry, Lions QB UTEP, 1968: Fred Carr, Packers LB Bowling Green, 1961: Bernie Casey, 49ers RB New Mexico State, 1961: Bob Gaiters, Giants RB 1949 Nevada: Stan Heath, Packers QB 1947 Army: Lions RB Glen Davis, Chicago Cardinals T Tex Coulter 1936 Ohio: Art Lewis, Giants OL Never, ever Air Force, Akron, Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Ball State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, FAU, FIU, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kent State, Middle Tennessee, Navy, Old Dominion, South Alabama, UL Lafayette, UNLV, and Western Kentucky And then there are the non-FBS teams I’m going to make this somewhat quick and just list every non-FBS program to produce a first-rounder since 1974, the first draft of Iowa State’s drought: Jackson State (hello, Walter Payton), Louisiana Tech, Montana State, Florida A&M, Tennessee State, Langston, Texas A&M-Kingsville, South Dakota State, Grambling State, Morris Brown, Morhead State, Alcorn State (‘sup, Steve McNair), Kentucky State, UC Davis, McNeese State, Mississippi Valley State (howdy, Jerry Rice), Queens, Eastern Kentucky, Northwestern State, Northern Arizona, Liberty, Wake Technical Community College, South Carolina State, Fort Valley State, Central State, North Carolina A&T, Kutztown, Saginaw Valley State, Delaware, and North Dakota State, with a few of those having multiple picks. Eventually, the Cyclones will get back in front of those schools. Maybe.
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