A record 50 players who have played in or were on a roster for a team that played in a Rose Bowl Game were selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
That number was buoyed by Alabama and Ohio State, who had led all schools with 10 players drafted. Closely behind were Notre Dame and Georgia, with eight players drafted from each school.
All 10 players from Alabama were on the Crimson Tide roster that played in the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game. Of the 10 Buckeyes drafted, eight played in the 2019 Rose Bowl Game, along with running back Trey Sermon who played in the 2018 Granddaddy of Them All for Oklahoma before transferring to Ohio State.
Alabama tied a modern draft record with six first-round picks. In total, eight Rose Bowl Game alums were selected in the first round. Here is the breakdown of picks by round:
1st – 8
2nd – 10
3rd – 8
4th – 3
5th – 8
6th – 6
7th – 7
At least one player was drafted from each of the last five Rose Bowl Games, including players from both schools from the 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 games.
Some key drafted players from recent Rose Bowl Game history include the 2021 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Game, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith and corner back Patrick Surtain II, as well as the 2020 Defensive Player of the Game, safety Brady Breeze from Oregon.
Of the 32 NFL franchises, 27 selected a player who has been a part of America’s New Year’s Celebration. The Carolina Panthers led the way with four selections, followed by a cluster of teams who picked three players: Baltimore, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Tennessee.
See the entire list of players drafted, by school, below.
*indicates more players from the school were selected, but they weren’t on the roster at the time the team played in the Rose Bowl Game.
^Trey Sermon played for Oklahoma in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game, but transferred to Ohio State and was drafted as a Buckeye.
Jaylen Waddle, WR – 1st round, 6th overall, Miami Dolphins
Pat Surtain II, CB – 1st round, 9th overall, Denver Broncos
DeVonta Smith, WR – 1st round, 10th overall, Philadelphia Eagles
Mac Jones, QB – 1st round, 15th overall, New England Patriots
Alex Leatherwood, OT – 1st round, 17th overall, Las Vegas Raiders
Najee Harris, RB – 1st round, 24th overall, Pittsburgh Steelers
Landon Dickerson, C – 2nd round, 37th overall, Philadelphia Eagles
Christian Barmore, DT – 2nd round, 41st overall, Detroit Lions
Deonte Brown, OG – 6th round, 193rd overall, Carolina Panthers
Thomas Fletcher, LS – 6th round, 222nd overall, Carolina Panthers
Notre Dame (9)
Liam Eichenberg, OT – 2nd round, 42nd overall, Miami Dolphins
Aaron Banks, OG – 2nd round, 48th overall, San Francisco 49ers
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB – 2nd round, 52nd overall, Cleveland Browns
Tommy Tremble, TE – 3rd round, 83rd overall, Carolina Panthers
Robert Hainsey, OT – 3rd round, 95th overall, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ian Book, QB – 4th round, 133rd overall, New Orleans Saints
Daelin Hayes, DE – 5th round, 171st overall, Baltimore Ravens
Adetokunbo Ogundeji, DE – 5th round, 182nd overall, Atlanta Falcons
Ben Skowronek, WR – 7th round, 249th overall, Los Angeles Rams
Penei Sewell, OT – 1st round, 7th overall, Detroit Lions
Jevon Holland, S – 2nd round, 36th overall, Miami Dolphins
Deommodore Lenoir, CB – 5th round, 172nd overall, San Francisco 49ers
Brady Breeze, S – 6th round, 215th overall, Tennessee Titans
Thomas Graham, Jr., CB – 6th round, 228th overall, Chicago Bears
Isaiahh Loudermilk, DT – 5th round, 156th overall, Pittsburgh Steelers
Rachad Wildgoose, CB – 6th round, 213th overall, Buffalo Bills
Cole Van Lanen, OT – 6th round, 214th overall, Green Bay Packers
Ohio State (8*)
Pete Werner, LB – 2nd round, 60th overall, New Orleans Saints
Josh Myers, C – 2nd round, 62nd overall, Green Bay Packers
Wyatt Davis, OG – 3rd round, 86th overall, Minnesota Vikings
Baron Browning, LB – 3rd round, 105th overall, Denver Broncos
Tommy Togiai, DT – 4th round, 132nd overall, Cleveland Browns
Luke Farrell, TE – 5th round, 145th overall, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shaun Wade, CB – 5th round, 160th overall, Baltimore Ravens
Jonathon Cooper, DE – 7th round, 239th overall, Denver Broncos
Joe Tryon, LB – 1st round, 32nd overall, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Levi Onwuzurike, DT – 2nd round, 41st overall, Detroit Lions
Elijah Molden, CB – 3rd round, 100th overall, Tennessee Titans
Keith Taylor, CB – 5th round, 166th overall, Carolina Panthers
Monty Rice, LB – 3rd round, 92nd overall, Tennessee Titans
Ben Cleveland, OG – 3rd round, 94th overall, Baltimore Ravens
Richard LeCounte, S – 5th round, 169th overall, Cleveland Browns
Mark Webb, S – 7th round, 241st overall, Los Angeles Chargers
Creed Humphrey, C – 2nd round, 63rd overall, Kansas City Chiefs
^Trey Sermon, RB – 3rd round, 88th overall, San Francisco 49ers
Tre Brown, CB – 4th round, 137th overall, Seattle Seahawks
Tre Norwood, CB – 7th round, 245th overall, Pittsburgh Steelers
Penn State (3*)
Shaka Toney, DE – 7th round, 246th overall, Washington Football Team
Michael Menet, C – 7th round, 247th overall, Arizona Cardinals
Will Fries, OT – 7th round, 248th overall, Indianapolis Colts