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Utah Top Two In Pac-12 For Most Draft Picks Since 2017 Despite None In 2021

Utah Utes defensive back Jaylon Johnson (1) and other Ute players watch the big screen as Washington goes on to win the Pac-12 championship game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Washington won 10-3. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah football program has produced the second most NFL Draft picks since 2017 despite not having a player selected in 2021.

Utah didn’t have any players selected in the 2021 NFL Draft because all of the eligible players decided to return for the 2021 college football season.

It’s the first time since 2011 that Utah didn’t have a player taken in the NFL Draft. Since 2017, Utah has seen 21 of their players have their name called on draft day, which is second in the Pac-12. Washington has had the most during that span with 24. The Huskies had four players taken in the 2021 NFL Draft, which gave them the lead over Utah. 28 players from the Pac-12 heard their name called over the last three days.

Utah Football Players Drafted Since 2017

2017

  • Garett Bolles, OT – 1st round, 20th overall to Denver Broncos
  • Marcus Williams, S – 2nd round, 42nd overall to New Orleans Saints
  • Joe Williams, RB – 4th round, 121st overall to San Francisco 49ers
  • Isaac Asiata, OG – 5th round, 164th overall to Miami Dolphins
  • Brian Allen, CB – 5th round, 173rd overall to Pittsburgh Steelers
  • J.J. Dielman, OC – 5th round, 176th overall to Cincinnati Bengals
  • Sam Tevi, OT – 6th round, 190th overall to Los Angeles Chargers
  • Pita Taumoepenu, OLB – 6th round, 202nd overall to San Francisco 49ers

2018

  • Kylie Fitts, DE – 6th round, 181st overall to Chicago Bears

2019 

  • Marquise Blair, S – 2nd round, 47th overall to Seattle Seahawks
  • Cody Barton, ILB – 3rd round, 88th overall to Seattle Seahawks
  • Mitch Wishnowsky, P – 4th round, 110th overall to San Francisco 49ers
  • Matt Gay, K – 5th round, 145th overall to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Jackson Barton, OT – 7th round, 240th overall to Indianapolis Colts

2020

  • Jaylon Johnson, CB – 2nd round, 50th overall to Chicago Bears
  • Julian Blackmon, S – 3rd round, 85th overall to Indianapolis Colts
  • Zack Moss, RB – 3rd round, 86th overall to Buffalo Bills
  • Terrell Burgess, S – 3rd round, 104th overall to Los Angeles Rams
  • Leki Fotu, DT – 4th round, 114th overall to Arizona Cardinals
  • Bradlee Anae, DE – 5th round, 179th overall to Dallas Cowboys
  • John Penisini, DT – 6th round, 197th overall to Detroit Lions

Pac-12 Leaderboard For Most Draft Picks Since 2012

The Pac-12 formed in 2011 when Colorado and Utah joined the conference. Many players have been drafted since the conference expanded. Here is the list of draft picks from each Pac-12 school since the 2012 draft (including the recent 2021 draft).

1. Stanford – 42
2. USC – 40
3. UCLA – 36
4. Oregon – 35
4. Washington – 35
6. Utah – 31
7. California – 25
8. Arizona State – 20
9. Oregon State – 18
10. Colorado – 15
11. Washington State – 12
12. Arizona – 11

Here is the breakdown by year:

Arizona: 11

2012: 3
2013: 0
2014: 3
2015: 0
2016: 2
2017: 0
2018: 1
2019: 1
2020: 0
2021: 1

Arizona State: 20

2012: 2
2013: 0
2014: 3
2015: 4
2016: 2
2017: 1
2018: 3
2019: 2
2020: 2
2021: 1

California: 25

2012: 6
2013: 4
2014: 2
2015: 0
2016: 4
2017: 3
2018: 2
2019: 0
2020: 3
2021: 1

Colorado: 15

2012: 2
2013: 2
2014: 1
2015: 0
2016: 0
2017: 4
2018: 1
2019: 1
2020: 3
2021: 1

Oregon: 35

2012: 4
2013: 5
2014: 4
2015: 5
2016: 2
2017: 0
2018: 2
2019: 4
2020: 4
2021: 5

Oregon State: 18

2012: 1
2013: 2
2014: 2
2015: 5
2016: 1
2017: 2
2018: 0
2019: 0
2020: 3
2021: 2

Stanford: 42

2012: 4
2013: 3
2014: 6
2015: 6
2016: 5
2017: 2
2018: 4
2019: 5
2020: 2
2021: 5

UCLA: 36

2012: 0
2013: 4
2014: 5
2015: 3
2016: 8
2017: 5
2018: 5
2019: 1
2020: 3
2021: 2

USC: 40

2012: 3
2013: 4
2014: 3
2015: 6
2016: 4
2017: 5
2018: 4
2019: 4
2020: 2
2021: 5

Utah: 31

2012: 1
2013: 2
2014: 2
2015: 4
2016: 1
2017: 8
2018: 1
2019: 5
2020: 7
2021: 0

Washington: 35

2012: 2
2013: 1
2014: 2
2015: 4
2016: 2
2017: 5
2018: 5
2019: 8
2020: 2
2021: 4

Washington State: 12

2012: 0
2013: 1
2014: 1
2015: 2
2016: 1
2017: 1
2018: 2
2019: 3
2020: 1
2021: 0

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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