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There have been 84 drafts in NFL history.

The University of Michigan has had players selected in 82 of them, including each of the last 81 drafts. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Wolverines are the winningest team in NCAA history with 962 victories.

The University of Southern California also has had players selected in 82 of the NFL drafts, including each of the last 81 drafts. That also comes as no surprise. The Trojans rank ninth in NCAA history in victories with 847.

Another school has had players selected in 82 of the 84 NFL drafts. That school has a current streak of 79 consecutive drafts with a player selected, third longest in the nation.

Which perennial power could it be?

Ohio State, the second winningest college football program of all-time? Nope. The Buckeyes didn’t have a player drafted in 1998.

Alabama, the third winningest program? Nope. The Crimson Tide did not have a player drafted in 2008.

Texas, the fourth winningest program? Nope. The Longhorns did not have a player drafted in 2014.

Notre Dame, the fifth winningest program? Nope. The Fighting Irish did not have a player selected on draft day in 1977.

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How about long-time Big Eight powers Nebraska and Oklahoma? The Cornhuskers, now a member of the Big Ten, failed to have a player drafted in 2019, ending a streak of 59 consecutive drafts with a player chosen. And the Sooners, now a member of the Big 12, failed to have a player drafted in 1995.

The school with a string of 79 consecutive drafts with at least one player selected is, surprisingly, Michigan State. And the Spartans figure to push that streak to 80 in the 2020 draft with several defensive prospects on draft boards: cornerback Josiah Scott, edge rusher Kenny Willekes, defensive tackle Raequan Williams and middle linebacker Joe Bachie.

Michigan State didn’t join the Big Ten until 1953 but had been playing varsity football since 1896. The NFL implemented its college draft in 1936 and the Spartans had two selections, including one in the first round -- and that was back when there were only nine first-round picks. Michigan and USC were blanked in that first draft.

All three schools had players drafted in 1937 but none had players selected in 1938. Michigan and USC then had players selected in 1939 – and every draft since then. Michigan State also had players drafted in 1939, including another first-rounder, but none in 1940. There’s been at least one Spartan selected in every draft since then.

Southern Cal is one of two schools with 500 players who became NFL draft picks. The Trojans rank first all-time with 510, five more than Notre Dame. Michigan ranks fifth all-time with 369 draft picks and Michigan State sits at 16th with 313 players.

Southern Cal has had as few as one player drafted just once during its 81-year streak. That was in 1998 when cornerback Brian Kelly was selected in the second round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went on to lead the NFL in interceptions with eight in 2002 for the Super Bowl champion Bucs.

Michigan has had as few as one player drafted five times during its 81-year streak. The longest the Wolverines waited in any draft to have a player selected was 1963 when defensive back Dave Raimey went to Cleveland in the ninth round with the 121st overall pick. He made the Browns that season.

Michigan State has had to sweat through 12 drafts with just one player chosen to keep its 79-year streak alive. The last time was 2018 when center Brian Allen was selected in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Rams with the 111th overall pick. He now starts at center for the Rams.

But Michigan State also holds the distinction of having the greatest start to any draft. In 1967, the first year of the common draft of both AFL and NFL teams, the Spartans had the first two picks, three of the Top 5 and four of the Top 8 selections. Defensive tackle Bubba Smith went first to the Baltimore Colts, halfback Clint Jones second to the Minnesota Vikings, linebacker George Webster fifth to the Houston Oilers and wide receiver Gene Washington eighth, also to the Vikings.

Florida has the fourth longest streak of consecutive drafts with at least one player selected at 68, followed by Miami at 45.