It was yet another big NFL draft for Nick Saban and the Alabama football program.
The 2021 NFL Draft came and went with a total of 10 Alabama products hearing their name called, tied for the most with Ohio State. A record-tying six of those 10 Crimson Tide selections came in the first round, with wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, cornerback Patrick Surtain II, wideout DeVonta Smith, quarterback Mac Jones, offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood and running back Najee Harris all coming off the board in the first 24 picks.
It marked the third time in the last four years that Alabama either had or was tied for the most total draft picks and the fourth time in the last five years that at least 10 ’Bama players were selected.
Alabama has certainly dominated the draft as of late, but here’s a look at the schools that the Seattle Seahawks have poached from most.
Which colleges have the Seahawks drafted from most?
Miami (14), Washington (12), LSU (11), Florida (11), Notre Dame (10), Georgia (9)
The Seahawks haven’t really favored a single school since making their first draft pick in 1976. Miami (FL) has been the most popular school with 14 picks by the Seahawks. Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy leads the list of Hurricanes who became Seahawks, with current Seahawks running backs DeeJay Dallas (2020) and Travis Homer (2019) as the two most recent selections.
Seattle has also found a lot of local prospects from Washington, including current Seahawks Will Dissly and Ben Burr-Kirven. LSU and Florida are next on the list with 11 picks apiece. Both SEC schools have current players on the Seahawks’ roster.
Notre Dame and Georgia round out the top five most popular colleges for the Seahawks, but it’s been at least five years since Seattle picked a player from either school. The last Georgia pick was Kris Durham in 2011 and the last Notre Dame pick was C.J. Prosise in 2016.
Which colleges have produced the most Seahawks first-round picks?
Notre Dame (3), Texas A&M (3), Alabama (2), Clemson (2), Miami (2), Ohio State (2), San Diego State (2), Texas (2), UCLA (2)
In the first round, the Seahawks tend to favor players from Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Former Fighting Irish QB Rick Mirer and DT Steve Niehaus were selected second overall by Seattle in 1993 and 1976, respectively, as the highest picks from either school.
After Notre Dame and Texas A&M, it’s a six-way tie with two picks each by Alabama, Clemson, Miami (FL), Ohio State, San Diego State, Texas and UCLA. The Seahawks had their most success from Alabama (Shaun Alexander), Texas (Earl Thomas) and UCLA (Kenny Easley) of the schools in that group.
Eric Mullin, Logan Reardon and Gaia De Simoni contributed to this story.