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22 Non-FBS/Small Schoolers were drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft | 13 more than last year

The number of Small Schoolers getting drafted went up! Finally, another great draft class for small schoolers. We break it down here!

The NFL Draft is over and 22 Non-FBS/Small School players were selected.

Here is a breakdown of the list by Division:

  • FCS: 17
  • D2: 5
  • D3: 0
  • NAIA: 0

Breakdown by positions:

  • Cornerbacks: 5
  • Tackles: 5
  • Wide Receivers: 3
  • Linebackers: 3
  • Quarterback: 1
  • Offensive Guard: 1
  • Tight End: 1
  • Defensive End: 1
  • Defensive Tackle: 1
  • Running Back: 1

Here is the breakdown by Conference:

FCS (17)

  • MVFC: 8
  • Big Sky: 3
  • Socon: 2
  • WAC: 1
  • CAA: 1
  • Patriot: 1
  • SWAC: 1

D2 (5)

  • Gulfsouth: 1
  • MIAA: 1
  • GAC: 1
  • SAC: 1
  • CIAA: 1

Breakdown by Teams Selecting Small Schoolers

  • Patriots: 3
  • Colts: 2
  • Saints: 1
  • Packers: 1
  • Falcons: 1
  • Bills: 1
  • Chiefs: 1
  • Bengals: 1
  • Cowboys: 1
  • Buccaneers: 1
  • Broncos: 1
  • Bears: 1
  • 49ers: 1
  • Jaguars: 1
  • Lions: 1
  • Seahawks: 1
  • Rams: 1
  • Steelers: 1
  • Cardinals: 1
119New Orleans SaintsTrevor Penning OTNorthern IowaMVFCfrom Philadelphia
129New England PatriotsCole Strange OGChattanoogaSoConfrom San Francisco via Miami and Kansas City
234Green Bay PackersChristian Watson WRNorth Dakota StateMVFCfrom Detroit via Minnesota
258Atlanta FalconsTroy Andersen LBMontana StateBig Skyfrom Tennessee
4127New England PatriotsPierre Strong Jr. RBSouth Dakota StateMVFC
4135Kansas City ChiefsJoshua Williams CBFayetteville StateCIAA
4136Cincinnati BengalsCordell Volson OTNorth Dakota StateMVFC
5155Dallas CowboysMatt Waletzko OTNorth DakotaMVFCfrom Cleveland
5157Tampa Bay BuccaneersZyon McCollum CBSam Houston StateWACfrom Minnesota via Jacksonville
5159Indianapolis ColtsEric Johnson DTMissouri StateMVFC
5162Denver BroncosMontrell Washington WRSamfordSoConfrom Philadelphia
5168Chicago BearsBraxton Jones OTSouthern UtahBig Skyfrom Buffalo
6185Buffalo BillsChristian Benford CBVillanovaCAAfrom Carolina
6187San Francisco 49ersNick Zakelj OTFordhamPatriotfrom Denver
6192Indianapolis ColtsAndrew Ogletree TEYoungstown StateMVFCfrom Minnesota
6197Jacksonville JaguarsGregory Junior CBOuachita BaptistGACfrom Philadelphia
6200New England PatriotsSam Roberts DENorthwest Missouri StateMIAA
6*217Detroit LionsJames Houston IV LBJackson StateSWAC
7233Seattle SeahawksDareke Young WRLenoir–RhyneSACfrom Minnesota via Kansas City
7235Los Angeles RamsDaniel Hardy LBMontana StateBig Skyfrom Baltimore via Jacksonville and Tampa Bay
7241Pittsburgh SteelersChris Oladokun QBSouth Dakota StateMVFC
7244Arizona CardinalsChristian Matthew CBValdosta StateGulf South

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