NFL scouts will be looking for top talents to target in the 2022 NFL Draft when the 2021 college football season begins today. Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., and Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton are all but guaranteed to hear their names called early in the first round, but with 259 selections in the draft, many schools will have their players selected.

According to, Notre Dame has had the most alums picked in NFL history, and the Fighting Irish has also been the Bears’ most popular program over time.

With 511 total draft picks entering the 2021 round, Notre Dame and USC were tied for the most ever. However, nine Fighting Irish players were chosen, compared to only five Trojans, giving Notre Dame a 520-point advantage all-time. Notre Dame had the most choices in 2021, with nine, since 1994, when it had ten.

Those two institutions will have no competition for the top two places in the near future, since Ohio State, with 473 choices, is well behind Notre Dame and USC. The Buckeyes just had their second consecutive draft, with ten players picked.

The distance between Ohio State and the next institution on the list, Oklahoma, is considerably greater. After five of its players were selected in 2021, the Sooners became the fourth school in history to surpass the 400-pick mark.

With an eight-player class this year, Michigan was able to maintain its top-five ranking behind Oklahoma, increasing its total number of draft picks to 387. The Crimson Tide, on the other hand, are only three selections behind the Wolverines.

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