Denver Broncos Draft History – School Representation

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You may have noticed in Thursday’s Bronco Links, the Fast Fact of the Day stated:

The Broncos have selected more players (18) from the University of Florida in the NFL Draft than from any other school in the country.

I did some looking and went down a rabbit hole seeking answers. Using Pro Football Reference, which isn’t entirely accurate (but better than most), I found that they listed only 15 players drafted by the Broncos out of Florida. That is still the most by a few.

Here is what I found for players that were drafted by the Broncos from 1961 to date. This includes the four Supplemental picks. I went ahead and listed the players name for the schools that only had one player representing them. That way you didn’t have to chase down one name. The teams that have 10 or more players are highlighted, but here is a rundown of the top schools:

  • Florida – 15

  • Colorado – 13

  • Miami (Fla.) – 13

  • Georgia – 12

  • Nebraska – 12

  • USC – 12

  • Arizona St. – 11

  • Houston – 11

  • Washington – 11

  • LSU – 10

  • Michigan St. – 10

  • Notre Dame – 10

Here is the list in it’s entirety:

Abilene Christian – 1  Larry Cox

Air Force – 1     Steve Russ

Akron – 1         Domenick Hixon

Alabama – 5

Alabama A&M – 2

Albion – 1  Terry Metchner

Alcorn St. – 5

Arizona - 6

Arizona St. – 11

Arkansas-Pine Bluff – 1  Robert E. Brown

Arkansas - 5

Arkansas St. – 4

Auburn – 5

Bakersfield JC – 2

Ball St.  - 1

Baylor – 8

Benedictine – 1  Bill Louden

Bloomsburg – 1  Bob Warner

Boise St. – 4

Boston College - 4

Boston University – 1  Floyd Priester

Bowling Green – 2

BYU – 5

California – 6

Central Florida – 2

Central Michigan – 1   Mike Franckowiak

Central Oklahoma – 4

Cincinnati – 2

Clemson – 7

Colorado – 13

Colorado College – 1   Ed Smith

Colorado St. – 4

C.W. Post - 1  Tom Cassese

Dayton – 1  Mickey Bitsko

Delaware St. – 1  Victor Heflin

Detroit Mercy – 1   Steve Stonebreaker

Drake – 1  Dick Herzing

Dubuque – 1   Paul Krause

Duke – 3

East Carolina – 1   Anthony Thompson

Eastern Illinois – 1   Chris Watson

Elon - 1  Kenneth Morgan

Evansville – 1    Craig Blackford

Findlay – 1   Odell Barry

Florida – 15

Florida A&M – 6

Florida St. - 4

Fort Valley St. – 1    John Clerkley

Fresno St. – 2

Furman – 1  Larry Jepson

Georgia – 12

Georgia Tech – 5

Grambling St. – 5

Harding – 1     Bruce Baldwin

Hawaii - 2

Hillsdale – 2

Hofstra – 2

Holy Cross - 2

Houston – 11

Howard - 1   John Javis

Howard Payne – 1  Jerry Miller

Humboldt St. – 1  Vester Flanagan

Idaho – 4

Idaho St. – 2

Illinois – 5

Indiana – 2

Iowa – 6

Iowa St. – 4

Jackson St. – 4

James Madison – 1   Warren Marshall

Kansas – 7

Kansas St. – 3

Kent St. – 1   Jack Williams

Kentucky – 4

Kutztown Pennsylvania – 1   John Mobley

Liberty – 1   Richard Shelton

Long Beach St. – Lynn Hoyem

Louisiana-Monroe – 1  Ross Molan

Louisiana Tech – 1  Mickey Slaughter

Louisville – 3

LSU – 10

Maine – 1   John Huard

Marshall – 2

Maryland – 8

Massachusetts – 2

McNeese St. – 1   Charles Jefferson

Maryland-Eastern Shore – 4

Memphis – 1  John Griffin

Miami (Fla.) – 13

Miami (Ohio) – 1  Tom Nomina

Michigan – 9

Michigan St. – 10

Middle Tennessee St. – 1   Bob Langford

Minnesota – 8

Mississippi – 8

Mississippi College – 1   Larry Evans

Mississippi St. – 5

Mississippi Valley St. – 1   Joe Thomas

Missouri – 1    Byron Chamberlain

Montana St. – 3

Morgan St. – 1   Ed Hayes

Mount San Antonio JC – 1  Duane Allen

Muskingum – 1   Bill Cooper

NE Missouri St. – 1   Dave Mills

Nebraska – 12

Nebraska-Omaha – 1  Marlin Briscoe

Nevada-Reno – 1  Virgil Green

New Mexico – 2

New Mexico Highlands – 1  Charlie Cowan

New Mexico St. – 2

Norfolk St. – 1   Larry James

North Alabama – 2

North Carolina – 6

North Carolina Central – 2

North Carolina St. – 2

North Dakota – 2

North Dakota St. – 1   Tyrone Braxton

Northern Arizona – 4

Northern Illinois – 1   Rich Marks

Northwestern – 5

North Texas – 1   Billy Woods

Notre Dame – 10

Occidental – 1

Ohio – 2

Ohio St. – 7

Oklahoma – 6

Oklahoma St. – 5

Oregon – 6

Oregon St. – 4

Pacific – 3

Parsons – 1   Jim McKoy

Penn St. – 4

Pittsburgh – 5

Portland St. – 1   Julius Thomas

Purdue – 9

Rice – 3

Richmond – 3

SE Louisiana – 1   Elbert Harris

Saginaw Valley St. – 3

Salem – 1   Orson Mobley

San Diego St. – 7

San Jose St. – 3

Savannah St. – 1  Shannon Sharpe

SMU – 1   Ron Anderson

South Carolina – 4

South Carolina St. – 1   Barney Chavous

South Dakota – 1  John Kohler

South Dakota St. – 1   Bruce Klosterman

So. Dakota Tech – 1   Maher Barakat

South Florida – 1   Kayvon Webster

Southern Mississippi – 2

Southern – 1   Charlie Johnson

Stanford – 4

Syracuse – 5

Tampa – 1   Mike Coleman

TCU – 4

Temple – 1  Zachary Dixon

Tennessee – 6

Tennessee Tech – 1   Tom Hackler

Tennessee St. – 3

Tennessee-Martin - 1   Gordon Lambert

Texas – 6

Texas A&M – 6

Texas A&M-Kingsville – 4

Texas-El Paso – 3

Texas Southern – 1  Gene Jeter

Texas Tech – 4

Toledo - 2

Troy – 1   Virgil Seay

Tulane – 2

Tulsa – 4

Tuskegee – 2

UCLA – 6

UNLV – 2

USC – 12

Utah – 4

Utah St. – 8

Vanderbilt – 1  Jay Cutler

Vermont – 1   Jeff Kuhman

Villanova – 2

Virginia – 6

Virginia Tech – 7

Wake Forest – 2

Washington – 11

Washington St. – 8

Weber St. – 3

Western Illinois – 2

Western Kentucky – 1   Quanterus Smith

Western Michigan – 1  Tony Scheffler

West Texas A&M – 1   Jerry Richardson

West Virginia – 1   Garrett Ford

William & Mary – 1   Adin Brown

Wisconsin – 4

Wisconsin-Whitewater - 1   Greg Jones

Wittenberg – 1   Bob Cherry

Wyoming – 3

Yankton – 1  Lyle Alzado

 

In doing this research, my curiosity was sated, but I don’t have any real conclusions to draw from it. It is what it is and it may prove interesting to some of you out there in Broncos Country, so if anyone wants to take it further, you now have a good starting point to reference from.

I’m still puzzled by the 3 missing players from Florida, but not enough to dig deeper.

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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