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The 4 College Football Programs With The Most First-Round Picks In NFL Draft History

We're now less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2016 NFL Draft, which begins at 8 p.m. E.T. on Thursday. 

Which college football program will have the best showing on Day 1? 

It's got to be Ohio State, which could have five-plus former players selected in the first round. The over/under for Buckeye first round selections has been set by sportsbooks at 5.5. Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Taylor Decker, Eli Apple and Darron Lee are widely viewed as first-round locks. Vonn Bell is a less likely first-round selection, but it's still possible. Michael Thomas and Joshua Perry are probably long-shots, but they too could sneak into the first round. 

Which college football programs have the best first-round history, all-time? 

Let's take a look. 

Here are the four college football programs with the most first-round picks in NFL Draft history (the common draft began in 1967). 

Start With No. 4 >>>

4. Florida 

All-time first round picks: 46

The only SEC program in the top four, the Gators have a pretty great history in the first round of the NFL Draft. 

Here are their first-round picks in the 21st century:

  • Dante Fowler, No. 3 in 2015
  • D.J. Humphries, No. 24 in 2015
  • Dominique Easley, No. 29 in 2014
  • Sharrif Floyd, No. 23 in 2013
  • Matt Elam, No. 32 in 2013
  • Mike Pouncey, No. 15 in 2011
  • Joe Haden, No. 7 in 2010
  • Maurkice Pouncey, No. 18 in 2010
  • Tim Tebow, No. 25 in 2010
  • Percy Harvin, No. 22 in 2009
  • Derrick Harvey, No. 8 in 2008
  • Jarvis Moss, No. 17 in 2007
  • Reggie Nelson, No. 21 in 2007
  • Rex Grossman, No. 22 in 2003
  • Lito Sheppard, No. 26 in 2002
  • Gerard Warren, No. 3 in 2001
  • Kenyatta Walker, No. 14 in 2001
  • Travis Taylor, No. 1 in 2000

Possible first-round picks in 2016:

  • Vernon Hargreaves
  • Jonathan Bullard
  • Keanu Neal

You can view Florida's complete NFL Draft history here

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3. Ohio State 

All-time first round picks: 56

As mentioned earlier, the Buckeyes could really add to this total tomorrow night, and will shoot up this list. 

Ohio State's first round picks in the 21st century:

  • Ryan Shazier, No. 15 in 2014
  • Bradley Roby, No. 31 in 2014
  • Cameron Heyward, No. 31 in 2011
  • Malcolm Jenkins, No. 14 in 2009
  • Beanie Wells, No. 31 in 2009
  • Vernon Gholston, No. 6 in 2008
  • Ted Ginn Jr., No. 9 in 2007
  • Anthony Gonzalez, No. 32 in 2007
  • A.J. Hawk, No. 5 in 2006
  • Donte Whitner, No. 8 in 2006
  • Bobby Carpenter, No. 18 in 2006
  • Santonio Holmes, No. 25 in 2006
  • Nick Mangold, No. 29 in 2006
  • Will Smith, No. 18 in 2004
  • Chris Gamble, No. 28 in 2004
  • Michael Jenkins, No. 29 in 2004
  • Nate Clements, No. 21 in 2001
  • Ryan Pickett, No. 29 in 2001
  • Ahmed Plummer, No. 24 in 2000

Potential first-round picks in 2016:

  • Joey Bosa
  • Ezekiel Elliott
  • Taylor Decker
  • Darron Lee
  • Eli Apple
  • Vonn Bell
  • Michael Thomas
  • Joshua Perry

You can view Ohio State's complete NFL Draft history here

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2. Miami

All-time first round picks: 58

At times the most dominant college football program we've ever seen, the Hurricanes have a very good time at the NFL Draft. 

Miami's first round picks in the 21st century:

  • Ereck Flowers, No. 9 in 2015
  • Phillip Dorsett, No. 29 in 2015
  • Kenny Phillips, No. 31 in 2008
  • Brandon Meriweather, No. 24 in 2007
  • Jon Beason, No. 25 in 2007
  • Greg Olsen, No. 31 in 2007
  • Kelly Jennings, No. 31 in 2006
  • Antrel Rolle, No. 8 in 2005
  • Sean Taylor, No. 5 in 2004
  • Kellen Winslow, No. 6 in 2004
  • Jonathan Vilma, No. 12 in 2004
  • D.J. Williams, No. 17 in 2004
  • Vernon Carey, No. 19 in 2004
  • Vince Wilfork, No. 21 in 2004
  • Andre Johnson, No. 3 in 2003
  • Jerome McDougle, No. 15 in 2003
  • Willis McGhee, No. 23 in 2003
  • William Joseph, No. 25 in 2003
  • Bryant McKinnie, No. 7 in 2002
  • Jeremy Shockey, No. 14 in 2002
  • Philip Buchanon, No. 17 in 2002
  • Ed Reed, No. 24 in 2002
  • Mike Rumph, No. 27 in 2002
  • Dan Morgan, No. 11 in 2001
  • Damione Lewis, No. 12 in 2001
  • Santana Moss, No. 16 in 2001
  • Reggie Wayne, No. 30 in 2001
  • Bubba Franks, No. 14 in 2000

Potential first round picks in 2016:

  • None

You can view Miami's complete NFL Draft history here

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1. USC

All-time first round picks: 68

Far and away, the Trojans are the program with the most first-round picks in NFL Draft history, having 12 more first rounders than any other school. 

USC's first round picks in the 21st century:

  • Leonard Williams, No. 6 in 2015
  • Nelson Agholor, No. 20 in 2015
  • Matt Kalil, No. 4 in 2012
  • Nick Perry, No. 28 in 2012
  • Tyron Smith, No. 9 in 2011
  • Mark Sanchez, No. 5 in 2009
  • Brian Cushing, No. 15 in 2009
  • Clay Matthews, No. 26 in 2009
  • Sedrick Ellis, No. 7 in 2008
  • Keith Rivers, No. 9 in 2008
  • Sam Baker, No. 21 in 2008
  • Lawrence Jackson, No. 28 in 2008
  • Reggie Bush, No. 2 in 2006
  • Matt Lienart, No. 10 in 2006
  • Mike Williams, No. 10 in 2005
  • Mike Patterson, No. 31 in 2005
  • Carson Palmer, No. 1 in 2003
  • Troy Polamalu, No. 16 in 2003
  • R.Jay Soward, No. 29 in 2000

Potential first-round picks in 2016:

  • Su'a Cravens

You can view USC's complete NFL Draft history here

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