2023 NFL Draft: List of Illinois Draft Picks by Year

The Illinois Fighting Illini are known for their defensive prowess, but how many of the Illinois Draft picks since 2000 have come from that side of the ball?

The Illinois Fighting Illini have been known for their defensive prowess of late, and the 2023 NFL Draft is no different. However, since 2000, how many Illinois Draft picks have there been and how many came on the defensive side of the ball?

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Illinois Draft Picks By Year

The NFL Draft has been around since the 1930s, and college football has been around even longer. For the sake of this list, we’ll take the modern Draft history into account and have totaled up the Illinois players taken in each draft since the new millennium.

2023 NFL Draft

  • 1.5 – Devon Witherspoon, CB, Seattle Seahawks
  • 2.47 – Jartavius Martin, S, Washington Commanders
  • 3.66 – Sydney Brown, CB, Philadelphia Eagles

2022 NFL Draft (3)

  • 3.97 – Kerby Joseph, S, Detroit Lions
  • 6.184 – Vederian Lowe, OT, Minnesota Vikings
  • 6.207 – Doug Kramer, C, Chicago Bears

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2021 NFL Draft (2)

  • 3.87 – Kendrick Green, C, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 5.167 – Nate Hobbs, CB, Las Vegas Raiders

2020 NFL Draft (0)

  • no players drafted

2019 NFL Draft (1)

  • 7.216 – Nick Allegretti, OG, Kansas City Chiefs

2018 NFL Draft (0)

  • no players drafted

2017 NFL Draft (1)

  • 3.68 – Dawuane Smoot, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars

2016 NFL Draft (3)

  • 2.44 – Jihad Ward, DE, Oakland Raiders
  • 6.221 – Ted Karras, OG, New England Patriots
  • 7.245 – Clayton Fejedelem, S, Cincinnati Bengals

2015 NFL Draft (0)

  • no players drafted

2014 NFL Draft (0)

  • no players drafted

2013 NFL Draft (4)

  • 3.86 – Hugh Thornton, OG, Indianapolis Colts
  • 4.100 – Akeem Spence, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 5.150 – Terry Hawthorne, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 7.226 – Michael Buchanan, DE, New England Patriots

2012 NFL Draft (4)

  • 1.26 – Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans
  • 1.30 – A. J. Jenkins, WR, San Francisco 49ers
  • 2.44 – Jeff Allen, OG, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2.48 – Tavon Wilson, S, New England Patriots

2011 NFL Draft (4)

  • 1.18 – Corey Liuget, DT, San Diego Chargers
  • 2.57 – Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions
  • 3.72 – Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints
  • 7.243 – Nate Bussey, LB, New Orleans Saints

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2010 NFL Draft (3)

  • 2.39 – Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 3.68 – Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 5.132 – Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, St. Louis Rams

2009 NFL Draft (3)

  • 1.25 – Vontae Davis, CB, Miami Dolphins
  • 5.155 – Xavier Fulton, OT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 6.204 – Will Davis, DE, Arizona Cardinals

2008 NFL Draft (1)

  • 1.23 – Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

2007 NFL Draft (1)

  • 7.237 – Alan Ball, CB, Dallas Cowboys

2006 NFL Draft (0)

  • no players drafted

2005 NFL Draft (2)

  • 2.60 – Kelvin Hayden, CB, Indianapolis Colts
  • 4.122 – Duke Preston, C, Buffalo Bills

2004 NFL Draft (2)

  • 5.159 – Sean Bubin, OT, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 7.233 – Christian Morton, CB, New England Patriots

2003 NFL Draft (5)

  • 2.36 – Eugene Wilson, CB, New England Patriots
  • 4.124 – Brandon Lloyd, WR, San Francisco 49ers
  • 5.160 – David Diehl, OT, New York Giants
  • 5.173 – Tony Pashos, OT, Baltimore Ravens
  • 7.226 – Walter Young, WR, Carolina Panthers

2002 NFL Draft (1)

  • 5.158 – Kurt Kittner, QB, Atlanta Falcons

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2001 NFL Draft (2)

  • 5.144 – Marques Sullivan, OT, Buffalo Bills
  • 6.174 – Jameel Cook, FB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2000 NFL Draft (2)

  • 6.169 – Neil Rackers, K, Cincinnati Bengals
  • 7.245 – Danny Clark, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars
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