Players from current FCS schools have been drafted into the NFL since the first time the league held one — 1936. The Ivy League routinely had high draft picks back in the early days of the NFL, but have also sent players to the league in recent years — as evidenced by the selections of Princeton's Seth DeValve and Harvard's Cole Toner just last year.
Since the first NFL Draft, hundreds of Ivy League products have been drafted — this truly is a league steeped in history. College football has changed a ton in the 81 years since the first draft — and the inception of FCS/I-AA football in 1978. But the message remains the same — current FCS programs have been producing NFL-level talent decades.
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Today, we take a look at the Ivy League and its current programs — and the all-time Top 25 NFL picks taken from these schools. Could players like Penn's Alek Torgersen or Harvard's Anthony Firkser or Max Rich add to the list below when the 2017 draft comes along? Time will tell. April 27 is a few weeks away.
NOTE: These are in order based on what spot they were picked. AFL Draft picks from the 1960s are included, and noted … since this league eventually merged with the NFL. Some prospects were drafted by both leagues.
|1||1st||Chuck Bednarik||PENN||14||1949||Eagles||NFL Hall of Famer|
|2||1st||Sid Luckman||COLUMBIA||12||1939||Bears||NFL Hall of Famer|
|2||1st||Skippy Minisi||PENN||1||1948||Giants||Also played at Navy|
|3||1st||Fritz Barzilauskas||YALE||4||1947||Yanks||Played in 36 games|
|4||1st||Paul Governali||COLUMBIA||3||1946||Dodgers||Future San Diego St. coach|
|5||1st||Bob MacLeod||DARTMOUTH||1||1939||Dodgers||Played 1 year|
|6||1st||Charlie Gogolak||PRINCETON||6||1966||Redskins||Had 52 career FGs|
|7||1st||Bill Daley||COLUMBIA||3||1946||Steelers||Four teams in 3 years|
|7||1st||Tex Coulter||CORNELL||6||1946||Cardinals||Two time Pro Bowler|
|9||1st||Marty Domres||COLUMBIA||9||1969||Chargers||4,900 career pass yds|
Here are Nos. 11 through 25.