Leon McQuay III’s selection by the Kansas City Chiefs allowed the USC football program to extended its NFL Draft picks record and become the first school to ever have 500 all-time selections.
Nothing proves USC is the ultimate NFL factory than holding the record for the most all-time picks. In fact, the Trojans’ are the first ever school to claim and eclipse the 500 mark for NFL draft picks.
Leon McQuay III became Mr. 500, when we was picked as the 218th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Trojans entered this year’s draft in Philadelphia with 496 all-time picks in the NFL Draft, along and 524 when accounting for the AFL Drafts.
Thorpe Award winner Adoree’ Jackson kicked off the festivities by being selected 18th overall to the Tennessee Titans, as the 80th ever first rounder out of USC.
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was snatched by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round, before new Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Zach Banner became the Trojans’ first Day 3 selection.
Despite a detailed list of draftees, USC’s count 500 all-time picks isn’t universally accepted.
Various archives like Pro Football Reference and Cleveland.com have the Trojans with four fewer picks due to mistakenly attributing USC selections to other schools, disputed selections and more.