Which NFL team has drafted the most USC football players since 2010?

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Sam Darnold of USC poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #3 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Sam Darnold of USC poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #3 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Over the last 10 years, which NFL teams have drafted the most USC football players?

USC football is a bonafide NFL Draft factory, even if the last decade has seen the Trojans slow down their production line.

Over the past 10 years, there have been 49 Trojans drafted. That’s a number far below Alabama’s total of 83.

Even if the current trends in terms of quantity don’t favor USC, there is still some interesting data to be gleaned.

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Stephen Spiewak of Vivid Seats put together some interactive visualizations to get a sense of which teams and conferences have produced the most picks, as well as some trends on the NFL level relating to positions.

Perhaps the most interesting chart from a USC perspective is one exploring what schools pro teams have drafted their players from.

That’s how we know who has banked on Trojans most often, and who has ignored the cardinal and gold in recent years.

USC Draft Picks By Team

  1. New York Jets: 4 of 71
  2. Indianapolis Colts: 4 of 80
  3. Cleveland Browns: 4 of 90
  4. Minnesota Vikings: 4 of 95
  5. Los Angeles Chargers: 3 of 67
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3 of 72
  7. Tennessee Titans: 3 of 77
  8. Philadelphia Eagles: 3 of 79
  9. San Francisco 49ers: 3 of 96
  10. Seattle Seahawks: 3 of 97
  11. Buffalo Bills: 2 of 77
  12. Baltimore Ravens: 2 of 89
  13. New Orleans Saints: 1 of 61
  14. New York Giants: 1 of 70
  15. Jacksonville Jaguars: 1 of 70
  16. Kansas City Chiefs: 1 of 74
  17. Dallas Cowboys: 1 of 80
  18. Pittsburgh Steelers: 1 of 83
  19. Oakland Raiders: 1 of 85
  20. Washington Redskins: 1 of 87
  21. Green Bay Packers: 1 of 89
  22. Los Angeles Rams: 1 of 89
  23. Cincinnati Bengals: 1 of 93
  24. Chicago Bears: 0 of 62
  25. Atlanta Falcons: 0 of 68
  26. Carolina Panthers: 0 of 68
  27. Arizona Cardinals: 0 of 75
  28. Miami Dolphins: 0 of 76
  29. Detroit Lions: 0 of 77
  30. Denver Broncos: 0 of 79
  31. Houston Texas: 0 of 79
  32. New England Patriots: 0 of 87

Four teams share the lead for USC draft picks: The Jets, Colts, Browns, and Vikings.

New York takes a few tiebreakers. They have used 5.6 percent of their selections on Trojans, highest in the NFL. They have also spent high draft picks on USC players, including Top 10 picks like Leonard Williams and Sam Darnold. They also grabbed Chuma Edoga in the third round last year and Joe McKnight in the fourth in 2010.

On the other side of the spectrum, Bill Belichick has had zero interest in picking players from USC. In the last 10 years, with 87 selections to spend, the Patriots have not taken a Trojan. In fact, in two decades in New England, he has only drafted two. Both were in the seventh round: Matt Cassel in 2005 and Oscar Lua in 2007.

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