Stephen Vilardo’s SuperWest NFL Draft History Capsules

A brief summary of each football program's player selection history at a glance

Posted on April 24, 2024


  By Stephen Vilardo, SuperWest Sports

In anticipation of Thursday’s 2024 NFL Draft, here are our history summary capsules for each SuperWest football program.

They include the number of players drafted all-time, Pac-12 and Mountain West era picks, each program’s highest-ever pick, most recent and all-time First-Rounders, the number of players taken in 2023, and more.

The 89th NFL draft runs from Thursday, April 25th through Saturday, April 27th in Detroit, Michigan, which is hosting the event for the first time.

[View SuperWest players taken last year in our 2023 SuperWest NFL Draft Tracker]

How to Watch the 2024 NFL Draft

NFL Draft Day 1 (Round 1)
Thursday, April 25th, 5:00 p.m. PT
TV: ESPN, ABC, NFL Network

NFL Draft Day 2 (Rounds 2-3)
Friday, April 26th, 4:00 p.m. PT
TV: ESPN, ABC, NFL Network

NFL Draft Day 3 (Rounds 4-7)
Saturday, April 27th,  9:00 a.m. PT
TV: ESPN, ABC, NFL Network


2024 NFL Draft History Capsules


Air Force DL Jordan Jackson | Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports

Air Force Falcons
Players Drafted All-Time9
MW Era Draft Picks2
Highest PickDaniel Palmer
178th overall 1997
Chargers
Most Recent 1st RounderN/A
Drafted in 20230
All-time 1st Rounders0
First Rounders in MW Era0

Three of the nine Falcons drafted have been special teamers—Austin Cutting as a Long Snapper and Joe Wood and Dave Lawson as Kickers

Arizona’s Antoine Cason | Arizona Athletics

Arizona Wildcats
Players Drafted All-Time184
Pac-12 Era Picks12
Highest PickRicky Huntly
7th overall 1984
Bengals
Most Recent 1st RounderJordan Morgan
25th overall 2024
Packers
Drafted 20230
All-time First Rounders12
First Rounders Pac-12 Era1

The last Arizona player selected in rounds 1, 2, or 3 was Nick Foles in the Third Round in 2012.

Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk | Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Arizona State Sun Devils

 

Players Drafted All-Time255
Pac-12 Era Picks25
Highest PickCharley Taylor
3rd Overall 1964
Washington
Most Recent 1st RounderBrandon Aiyuk
25th Overall 2020
49ers
Drafted 20231
All-Time First Rounders26
First Rounders Pac-12 Era3

Arizona State has had at least one player selected in every draft since 2014, and since 1961, the Sun Devils have only failed to have a player taken in 2013.

Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch | Chris Bronson/IPT

Boise State Broncos
Players Drafted All-Time74
MW Era Draft Picks43
Highest PickRyan Clady
12th overall 2008
Broncos
Most Recent 1st RounderLeighton Vander Esch
19th overall 2018
Cowboys
Drafted in 20232
All-time 1st Rounders5
First Rounders in MW Era5

Boise State has had at least one player selected in every draft since 2010, with 31 total players going in the last 14 drafts. Twenty of the 74 Broncos taken in the draft have gone in the opening three rounds.

BYU quarterback Steve Young | BYU Athletics

BYU Cougars
Players Drafted All-Time153
Big 12 EraNA
Highest PickSteve Young
1st overall 1984
Buccaneers
Most Recent 1st RounderZach Wilson
2nd overall 2021
Jets
Drafted in 20233
All-time 1st Rounders12
First Rounders since 20003

BYU has had 12 QBs drafted all-time four of those 12 have been First-Rounders with three going in the top five picks. Since 2016, a Cougar has been selected in every draft except for 2020.

Cal’s Jared Goff | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

California Golden Bears
Players Drafted All-Time244
Pac-12 Era Picks28
Highest PickSteve Bartkowski
1st Overall 1975 to
Falcons & Jared Goff
1st Overall 2016 to Rams
Most Recent 1st RounderJared Goff, 1st Overall in
2016
Drafted 20231
All-Time First Rounders27
First Rounders Pac-12 Era1

The last nine players drafted from Cal have all played on the defensive side of the ball. This came after all seven of the Bears draftees were offensive players in 2016 & 2017. In the Pac-12 era Cal has had 15 defensive players and 12 offensive players selected (also one punter).

Colorado’s Nate Solder | Colorado Athletics

Colorado Buffaloes
Players Drafted All-Time276
Pac-12 Era Picks15
Highest PickBo Matthews
2nd Overall 1974
Chargers
Most Recent 1st RounderNate Solder 17th overall 2011 Patriots &
Jimmy Smith 27th overall to Ravens
Drafted 20230
All-Time First Rounders24
First Rounders Pac-12 Era0

The Buffs have had 10 players selected since 2017. While Colorado has not seen a player go in the First Round since joining the Pac-12, the Buffs have produced four Second-Rounders and two Third-Rounders since 2012.

Gary Glick | Colorado State University
Colorado State Rams
Players Drafted All-Time106
MW Era Draft Picks22
Highest PickGary Glick
1st overall 1956
Steelers
Most Recent 1st RounderKelly Stouffer
6th overall 1987
Cardinals
Drafted in 20230
All-time 1st Rounders5
First Rounders in MW Era0

Since 2005 the Rams have had 14 players selected in the draft, 13 of those 14 players have been on the offensive side of the ball.

Fresno St QB David Carr | RVR Photos

Fresno State Bulldogs
Players Drafted All-Time111
MW Era Draft Picks34
Highest PickDavid Carr
1st overall 2002
Texans
Most Recent 1st RounderRyan Matthews
12th overall 2010
Chargers
Drafted in 20231
All-time 1st Rounders5
First Rounders in MW Era3

Since 2015 Fresno State has had two skill players drafted. Overall, the Bulldogs have had nine QBs drafted. DBs have been drafted the most from Fresno with 27 former Bulldog DBs getting drafted all-time.

Hawaii WR Ashley Lelie | UH Athletics

Hawaii Rainbows
Players Drafted All-Time72
MW Era Draft Picks28
Highest PickAshley Lelie
19th overall 2002
Broncos
Most Recent 1st RounderAshley Lelie
19th overall 2002
Broncos
Drafted in 20230
All-time 1st Rounders1
First Rounders in MW Era1

Hawaii has had 10 players selected in the first two rounds of the draft all-time. 8 of those 10 have been since 2000. The most drafted position for UH has been WR, as 11 of the 72 draftees have been receivers.

Nevada QB Stan Heath | UNR Archives

Nevada Wolfpack
Players Drafted All-Time59
MW Era Draft Picks19
Highest PickStan Heath
5th overall 1949
Packers
Most Recent 1st RounderAl Williams 1984 to Lions &
Tony Zendejas 1984 to Washington
Drafted in 20230
All-time 1st Rounders3
First Rounders in MW Era0

Nevada has had 13 players taken in the NFL Draft since 2011.

Lobos’ Brian Urlacher | Jake Schoellkopf/AP

New Mexico Lobos
Players Drafted All-Time66
MW Era Draft Picks15
Highest PickBrian Urlacher
9th overall 2000
Bears
Most Recent 1st RounderBrian Urlacher
Drafted in 20231
All-time 1st Rounders2
First Rounders in MW Era1

Jerrick Reed, taken in the sixth round by Seattle in 2023, was the first Lobo drafted since 2018. UNM has only had three players selected in the first two rounds.

Godofredo A. Vasquez/AP
Christian Gonzalez | Godofredo A. Vasquez/AP

Oregon Ducks
Players Drafted All-Time236
Pac-12 Era Picks42
Highest PickGeorge Shaw
1st Overall 1955
Baltimore Colts
Most Recent 1st RounderBo Nix
12th overall 2024
Broncos
Drafted 20236
All-Time First Rounders22
First Rounders Pac-12 Era10

The Ducks have produced a Draft choice every year except 2017 since 1985. In the last five years, Oregon has had 20 players selected with 12 on the defensive side of the ball. Twelve of UO’s 21 First-Round picks have come since 2002.

Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks | Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State Beavers
Players Drafted All-Time170
Pac-12 Era Picks21
Highest PickTerry Baker
1st Overall 1963
Rams
Most Recent 1st RounderTaliese Fuaga
14th overall 2024
Saints
Drafted 20232
All-Time First Rounders7
First Rounders Pac-12 Era2

OSU has had eight players selected in the last four seasons. Eight of the last 10 Beavers selected have been offensive players. Since 2009, only three Beavers have been selected in the opening two rounds of the draft.

San Diego State RB Marshall Faulk | Mike Powell/Allsport

San Diego State Aztecs
Players Drafted All-Time162
MW Era Draft Picks42
Highest PickMarshall Faulk
2nd overall 1994
Colts
Most Recent 1st RounderRashaad Penny
27th overall 2018
Seahawks
Drafted in 20230
All-time 1st Rounders9
First Rounders in MW Era1

The four Aztecs selected in the 2022 Draft were the most since they had four drafted in 2008. 2023 was the first time since 2017 that San Diego State did not have at least one player taken.

Mark Nichols | Detroit Lions

San Jose State Spartans
Players Drafted All-Time109
MW Era Draft Picks18
Highest PickMark Nichols
16th overall 1981
Lions
Most Recent 1st RounderGill Byrd
22nd overall 1983
Chargers
Drafted in 20231
All-time 1st Rounders6
First Rounders in MW Era0

Viliami Fehoko, taken in the Fourth Round in 2023 by Dallas, was the first Spartan drafted since 2019 when Josh Oliver went in the Third Round to the Jaguars.

Stanford's Solomon Thomas
Stanford’s Solomon Thomas | Stanford Athletics

Stanford Cardinal
Players Drafted All-Time278
Pac-12 Era Picks48
Highest PickBobby Garrett 1954, Browns;
Jim Plunkett 1971, Patriots;
John Elway 1983, Baltimore Colts;
Andrew Luck 2012, Colts — All first overall
Most Recent 1st RounderSolomon Thomas
3rd Overall 2017
49ers &
Christian McCaffrey
8th Overall 2017
Pantheres
Drafted 20235
All-Time First Rounders25
First Rounders Pac-12 Era6

The 2022 Draft was the only time since 2010 that Stanford has not had at least two players selected. Only in 2009 and 2008 since 2000 have the Cardinal not had a player selected.

UCLA’s Takkarist McKinley | Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Bruins
Players Drafted All-Time337
Pac-12 Era Picks46
Highest PickTroy Aikman
1st Overall 1989
Cowboys
Most Recent 1st RounderLaiatu Latu
15th overall 2024
Colts
Drafted 20234
All-Time First Rounders36
First Rounders Pac-12 Era7

The last time UCLA did not produce a Draft selection was in 2012. The Bruins have seen at least three players selected in every draft since 2012 with the lone exceptions being in 2019 when Caleb Wilson was the only player drafted, and 2021 when two Bruins went. UCLA has had at least one player drafted every year since 1998 except for 2012 and 2009.

UNLV running back Ickey Woods | UNLV Athletics

UNLV Rebels
Players Drafted All-Time46
MW Era Draft Picks12
Highest PickIckey Woods
31st overall 1988
Bengals
Most Recent 1st RounderN/A
Drafted in 20230
All-time 1st Rounders0
First Rounders in MW Era0

The last Rebel to get drafted was Joe Hawley in 2010 when he went in the Fourth Round to Atlanta.

AP Photo
Jordan Addison/AP Photo

usc logo
USC Trojans
Players Drafted All-Time523
Pac-12 Era Picks47
Highest PickRon Yary 1968, Vikings
OJ Simpson 1969, Bills
Ricky Bell 1977, Buccaneers
Keyshawn Johnson 1996, Jets
Carson Palmer 2003, Bengals
All first overall  
Most Recent 1st RounderCaleb Williams
1st overall 2024
Bears
Drafted 20234
All-Time First Rounders86
First Rounders Pac-12 Era11

The last time USC did not have a player selected was in 1938. At least one Trojan has been selected in every NFL Draft except in 1938 and the first draft in 1936. In addition to 1936 and 1938, the only time USC failed to have at least two players selected was 1937 and 1998.

Ben B. Braun/Deseret News
Dalton Kincaid | Ben B. Braun/Deseret News

Utah Utes
Players Drafted All-Time172
Pac-12 Era Picks36
Highest PickAlex Smith
1st Overall 2005
49ers
Most Recent 1st RounderDalton Kincaid
25th overall in 2023
to the Bills
Drafted 20233
All-Time First Rounders10
First Rounders Pac-12 Era4

Twenty-five Utes have been selected in the last seven NFL Drafts. Fifteen of the last 36 Utah players taken have gone in the first three rounds of the Draft. The last time Utah did not have a player selected was in 2008.

Utah State DT Merlin Olsen | Utah State Athletics

Utah State Aggies
Players Drafted All-Time115
MW Era Draft Picks17
Highest PickMerlin Olsen
3rd overall 1962
Rams
Most Recent 1st RounderJordan Love
26th overall 2020
Packers
Drafted in 20230
All-time 1st Rounders5
First Rounders in MW Era1

Jordan Love and Bobby Wagner (Second Round in 2012) are the only Aggies to be selected in the first two rounds since 1980.

Trent McDuffie | 247Sports

Washington Huskies
Players Drafted All-Time315
Pac-12 Era Picks39
Highest PickSteve Emtman
1st Overall 1992
Colts
Most Recent 1st RounderMichael Penix Jr.
8th overall, Falcons
Rome Odunze
9th overall, Bears
Troy Fautanu
20th overall, Steelers
All 2024
Drafted 20230
All-Time First Rounders31
First Rounders Pac-12 Era12

The 2023 Draft marked the first time since 2010 that the Huskies did not have a player selected. Before last year, Washington had at least two players drafted in each of the previous nine drafts.

Washington State’s Andre Dillard | David Zalubowski / AP

Washington State Cougars

 

Players Drafted All-Time198
Pac-12 Era Picks15
Highest PickDrew Bledsoe
1st overall 1993
Patriots
Most Recent 1st RounderAndre Dillard
22nd Overall 2019
Eagles
Drafted 20231
All-Time First Rounders13
First Rounders Pac-12 Era2

Washington State has had at least one player drafted every year since 2013 with the exception of 2021. Since the 1995 draft, WSU has had a player selected in every draft except for 2010, 2012, and 2021.

Wyoming QB Josh Allen | Wyoming Athletics

Wyoming Cowboys
Players Drafted All-Time87
MW Era Draft Picks15
Highest PickJosh Allen
7th overall 2018
Bills
Most Recent 1st RounderJosh Allen
Drafted in 20230
All-time 1st Rounders4
First Rounders in MW Era1

Each of the last three Cowboys to have been selected in the draft has been linebackers. The defense has produced the last four UW players to get drafted with Josh Allen the last offensive player taken.

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