Since the National Football League began drafting players in 1936 - starting with the initial draft on February 8, 1936, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia - 477 Notre Dame football players have been chosen by NFL teams, according to the NFL.
The 477 all-time Notre Dame draft picks ranks second nationally
Sixty-three Irish players have been drafted in the first round
Notre Dame had a school record four players chosen in the first round of the 1946 and 1993 drafts, respectively
The Irish have had five players (tied with USC for most) chosen as the first pick in the entire draft--QB Angelo Bertelli by Boston in 1944, QB Frank Dancewicz by Boston in 1946, E Leon Hart by Detroit in 1950, B Paul Hornung by Green Bay in 1957 and DT Walt Patulski by Buffalo in 1972.
In 1936, Bill Shakespeare was not only the first Notre Dame player drafted into the NFL but also the program's inaugural first-round selection (third overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers).
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No school has been more consistent in terms of supplying players to the NFL. Notre Dame has had a player selected in 76 of the 78 NFL Drafts (only misses were in 1937 and 1977). Oklahoma has also had a player chosen in 76 of 78 NFL Drafts.
Notre Dame became the first school to ever produce three of the first five NFL Draft picks in a single year. In 1946, Frank Dancewicz went No. 1, Johnny Lujack went No. 4 and George Connor went No. 5. Remarkably, Emil Sitko went No. 10.
- In addition to the Irish in '46, Oklahoma ('10), Michigan State ('67) and USC ('77) each had three top-five selections in a single draft.
Notre Dame was the first school to ever produce four of the first 10 NFL Draft picks in a single year as well.
- In addition to the Irish in '46, Michigan State ('67) had four top-10 selections in a single draft.
Notre Dame and Oklahoma are the only two schools that have ever produced the top pick in consecutive NBA (Austin Carr went No. 1 in 1971) and NFL (Walt Patulski went No. 1 in the 1972) Drafts. Oklahoma had Blake Griffin (NBA) and Sam Bradford (NFL) in 2010.
The Bears' franchise has selected the most Notre Dame players (41). The Steelers and Redskins are next at 34. The Rams (30) and Giants (20) have drafted the most Irish players in the first round with five apiece.
The most Notre Dame players ever taken in a single draft was 16 in 1946 haul. While the draft included 32 rounds, the 16 Irish players went in the top 20 rounds. Four Notre Dame players went in the top-10 selections (Frank Dancewicz, QB; Johnny Lujack, QB; George Connor, T; Emil Sitko, B)
- The rest of the '46 draft class included Elmer Angsman (third round), Ed Mieszkowski, (seventh), Pete Berezney (seventh), Bob Skoglund (ninth), Joe Signaigo (10th), George Strohmeyer (13th), Bob Palladino (14th), Fred Rovai (15th), Gasper Urban (17th), Jerry Ford (17th), Bill Heywood (20th) and Frank Ruggerio (20th).
The NFL Draft went through several reductions in rounds. It became seven rounds in 1994.
The most Irish players drafted in the Brian Kelly era at Notre Dame was six (2013).