2021 NFL Draft sees 28 Pac-12 selections

2019 Holiday Bowl St. Brown running after a catch on Friday December 27, 2019. (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 news)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Pac-12 Conference had 28 players selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, highlighted by OREGON offensive tackle Penei Sewell (seventh overall selection by the Detroit Lions), USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker (14th overall selection by the New York Jets) and WASHINGTON outside linebacker Joe Tryon (32nd overall selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). The three selections marked the 11th consecutive NFL Draft that the Pac-12 has had at least three players selected in the first round.

After Sewell was selected with the seventh overall pick, it marked the second time in school history for the Ducks to have Top 10 picks in back-to-back years (also, Justin Herbert selected sixth overall by the Chargers in 2020) and the first time since 2015-16 when Marcus Mariota was selected second overall in 2015 and DeForest Buckner seventh overall in 2016. The seventh spot marked the highest ever by an offensive lineman for Oregon (previous, Kyle Long selected 20th overall in 2013) and the highest by a Pac-12 offensive lineman since 2012 (USC’s Matt Kalil selected fourth overall by Minnesota).

USC has now seen back-to-back years with an offensive lineman selected in the first round after Vera-Tucker was selected 14th overall (also, Austin Jackson selected 18th overall by Miami in 2020). Vera-Tucker is the 24th Trojan offensive lineman selected in the first round since 1967, the most such selections by any school over that stretch. In total for USC, the Trojans have had 72 first-round picks since 1967, tied for the most of any school over that stretch (also, Ohio State).

Washington’s Tryon is the first Husky defensive player to be selected in the first round since 2018 when Vita Vea was selected 12th overall, also by Tampa Bay.

UCLA Bruins running back Demetric Felton #10 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA on Saturday November 2, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Pac-12/NFL Draft Notes:

  • Oregon saw four defensive backs selected in the 2021 Draft, tied for the most this year (also, Georgia). Prior to 2021, four defensive backs from one school occurred only 11 times and just three times in the last 20 years.
  • The Detroit Lions selected four Pac-12 players, the most of any NFL team (Sewell, Levi Onwuzurike, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jermar Jefferson).
  • In total, 10 Pac-12 programs had at least one player selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, led by Oregon, Stanford and USC each with five picks. For the Ducks, five picks are their most since also having five in 2015. For the Trojans, five is their most since also having five in 2017. For the Cardinal, five is their most since also having five in 2019.  
  • Pac-12 was fourth among all conferences with 28 selections, trailing the 14-team SEC (65) and Big Ten (44) conferences and 15-team ACC (42).
  • Over the past three years, the Pac-12 has had 93 players selected in the NFL Draft, 2.58 per school in the 12-team league. Averaged by school, 2.58 is the third-most of any Power 5 conference over the last three years, trailing the 14-team SEC (192/4.57) and Big Ten (132/3.14) conferences. 

Selections by School – 2021 NFL Draft

  • Oregon – 5
  • Stanford – 5
  • USC – 5
  • Washington – 4
  • Arizona – 2
  • Oregon State – 2
  • UCLA – 2
  • Arizona State – 1
  • California – 1
  • Colorado – 1
PlayerPositionPac-12 SchoolNFL TeamRound / Overall Pick
Penei SewellOTOregonDetroit Lions1st / 7th
Alijah Vera-TuckerOLUSCNew York Jets1st / 14th
Joe TryonOLBWashingtonTampa Bay Buccaneers 1st / 32nd
Jevon HollandSOregonMiami Dolphins2nd / 36th
Levi OnwuzurikeDLWashingtonDetroit Lions2nd / 41st
Walker LittleOTStanfordJacksonville Jaguars2nd / 45th
Davis MillsQBStanfordHouston Texans3rd / 67th
Osa OdighizuwaDTUCLADallas Cowboys3rd / 75th
Paulson AdeboCBStanfordNew Orleans Saints3rd / 76th
Nahshon WrightCBOregon StateDallas Cowboys3rd / 99th
Elijah MoldenCBWashingtonTennessee Titans3rd / 100th
Jay TufeleDTUSCJacksonville Jaguars4th / 106th
Amon-Ra St. BrownWRUSCDetroit Lions4th / 112th
Drew DalmanCStanfordAtlanta Falcons4th / 114th
Camryn BynumSCalMinnesota Vikings4th / 125th
Keith TaylorCBWashingtonCarolina Panthers5th / 166th
Deommodore LenoirCBOregonSan Francisco 49ers5th / 172nd
Simi FehokoWRStanfordDallas Cowboys5th / 179th
Talanoa HufangaSUSCSan Francisco 49ers5th / 180th
Frank DarbyWRArizona StateAtlanta Falcons6th / 187th
Marlon TuipulotuDTUSCPhiladelphia Eagles6th / 189th
Roy LopezDLArizonaHouston Texans6th / 195th
Gary BrightwellRBArizonaNew York Giants6th / 196th
Will ShermanOLColoradoNew England Patriots6th / 197th
Demetric FeltonRBUCLACleveland Browns6th / 211th
Brady BreezeSOregonTennessee Titans6th / 228th
Thomas Graham Jr.DBOregonChicago Bears6th / 228th
Jermar JeffersonRBOregon StateDetroit Lions7th / 257th