With the conclusion of the College World Series, the 2017-18 college sports year is officially in the books. We decided to take a look to see which schools had the most student-athletes drafted across all sports.
We examined the results from 13 professional drafts since August 2017, including MLB, Major League Lacrosse (MLL), MLS, NBA, NHL, NFL, National League Lacrosse (NLL), National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX), WNBA and Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (MPLL), that totaled more than 2,000 draft picks.
A pair of former ACC foes, Maryland and North Carolina, led the way with 33 draft picks each. The Terrapins and Tar Heels had players drafted across nearly 10 professional leagues but their excellence in lacrosse is what set really them apart. Maryland had 25 former men’s and women’s lacrosse student-athletes who were drafted, while North Carolina had 16.
Here’s the list of the 19 schools that had at least 15 draft picks.
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There are 13 schools that had at least four first-round picks across all sports. Note: Compensatory picks at the end of the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft were included in these calculations.
Here’s a closer look at some of the schools that led the way in first-round draft picks.
The Blue Devils had multiple first-round selections in three different drafts in the last year. Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr. and Grayson Allen were chosen in the first 21 picks of June’s NBA draft, Brian White and Carter Manley were selected in the MLS SuperDraft, and Rebecca Quinn and Imani Dorsey were top-five draftees in the NWSL draft.
Of course everyone knows Ohio State cranks out NFL draft picks on an annual basis but four of the Buckeyes’ first-round selections since the start of the 2017-18 school year play a sport besides football. Former All-American guard Kelsey Mitchell was taken second overall in the WNBA draft and the trio of Jake Withers, Austin Shanks and Eric Fannell were picked in the top six selections of the NLL draft last September.
Defensive back Denzel Ward was the No. 4 pick in the NFL draft and center Billy Price went 21st.
The Crimson Tide had four first-round picks in the NFL draft but ironically their top pick across all sports wasn’t a football player. That distinction went to guard Collin Sexton, who was selected eighth in the NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Gators had three players selected in the first round of the MLB draft – Jonathan India at No. 5 overall by the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals picked pitchers Brady Singer (No. 18) and Jackson Kowar (No. 33 with a first-round compensatory pick). Former Florida women’s soccer player Gabby Seiler was taken ninth overall in the NWSL draft.
While the Sooners didn’t have the most first-round picks during the 2017-18 athletic calendar, they may have had the most top-end success. Former OU quarterback Baker Mayfield was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, teammates Paige Lowary and Paige Parker were selected No. 1 and No. 6 in the NPF draft, respectively, guard Trae Young was taken fifth in the NBA draft, and Kyler Murray, who is slated to be Mayfield’s replacement on the gridiron this fall, was picked ninth in the MLB draft.