Wagner Jorgensen, a center for Saint Mary's, was selected by the Brooklyn Dodgers with the 22nd pick in the first-ever draft in 1936. His teammate, end Eddie Erdelatz, was chosen one pick later by the Chicago Cardinals. And a third Saint Mary's player, halfback Herb Schreiber, was drafted by the Dodgers with the 58th pick.
That trio is among 19 all-time draft picks for the small private school that fielded a football for more than a century until it was disbanded after the 2003 season. Since then, the Gaels' basketball program has 12 20-win seasons and six NCAA Tournament appearances but only one NBA Draft pick, Patty Mills (2009). Mills became the first program's first player drafted since 1994 and the 20th overall.
Gonzaga — the Gaels' longtime WCC rival — stopped playing football more than 75 years ago but still has five all-time draft picks, including halfback Tony Canadeo in 1941. The Bulldogs' quintet combined with Saint Mary's 19 draftees gives the two prominent basketball programs 24 all-time NFL Draft picks.