Most, if not all, college football players have the NFL in their sights as they compete in their college careers. Some get there, many don’t.
However, going to Ohio State or Michigan gives you a better chance than most to make it on an NFL squad.
A NCAA survey of players in the NFL shows Ohio State and Michigan are the sixth and 10th-most represented colleges in the NFL, respectively, among all NCAA schools. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with 42 players in the big leagues, while Michigan is second with 35.
Although those may seem like high numbers, these numbers are actually down from last year’s totals for Ohio State and Michigan. The Buckeyes and Wolverines had 54 and 37 players in the NFL which is now down to the aforementioned 42 and 35, respectively. In fact, the top five most-represented Big Ten schools have had the number of NFL players drop from 2016 to 2017.
Michigan and Ohio State also helped themselves in this regard last spring in the 2017 NFL Draft. Michigan had 11 players selected in the draft, while seven Ohio State players had their names called.
Nationally, LSU is the most-represented in the NFL with a whopping 50 players, while USC and Florida tie for second with 45.
Most-represented Big Ten schools in the NFL
- Ohio State (42)
- Michigan (35)
- Wisconsin (32)
- Penn State (30)
- Michigan State (29)
- Nebraska (27)
- Iowa (26)
- Illinois (17)
- Rutgers (16)
- Maryland (12)
- Northwestern (12)
- Purdue (12)
- Minnesota (10)
- Indiana (9)