List of Illinois Fighting Illini NFL Draft Picks

    The Illinois Fighting Illini are known for their defensive prowess, but how many of the Illinois draft picks have come from that side of the ball all-time?

    The Illinois Fighting Illini have been known for their defensive prowess of late. However, since the beginning of the event, how many Illinois Draft picks have there been and how many came on the defensive side of the ball?

    Illinois Draft Picks By Year

    In total, 243 players have been selected from Illinois since the 1936 NFL Draft. That includes two supplemental selections as well as eight top-10 picks.

    The group of Illini selected in the draft are headlined by QB Jeff George, who was selected first overall in the 1990 NFL Draft, but their total picks have been dominated by other areas on the field. In total, 42 offensive tackles have come from Illinois while there have been another 27 linebackers drafted from Illinois over the years.

    Those positions rank first and second, respectively, in Illinois draft history.

    Note: This table is best viewed in landscape mode on your mobile device and can be sorted by year, pick, round, or position.

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