March Madness: Most NFLers by tourney schools

The brackets are in.

The first games are in the books.

And optimism still abounds (coupled with some extra bravado from St. Patrick’s Day Guinness) as the NCAA Basketball Tournament officially gets underway.

But by tonight’s 9:45 p.m. ET Gonzaga vs. St. John’s tip-off, things might be a bit bleaker if your teams were sent packing early.

As a twist, we decided to measure the field of 64 for a different type of college bragging rights by breaking down the number of current NFL players who hail from each of the tourney schools.

You’re in luck if you’re a Longhorn with the granddaddy total of 46 players in the league.

For 20 other schools, just hope they keep on dancing with zero current NFL progeny:

Georgetown (No. 6 tourney seed), St. John’s (6), Xavier (6), Butler (8), George Mason (8), Old Dominion (9), Marquette (11), Virginia Commonwealth (11), Gonzaga (11), Belmont (13), Morehead State (13), St. Peter’s (14), Princeton (13), Oakland (13), Indiana State (14), Bucknell (14), UC Santa Barbara (15), Long Island (15), Boston University (16), UNC-Asheville (16).

And now for the rest:

College NFLers Tourney Seed Current Alum Team Position
Texas
46
4
Quentin Jammer Chargers CB
Ohio State
42
1
Will Smith Saints DE
Georgia
41
10
Champ Bailey Broncos CB
Tennessee
41
9
Arian Foster Texans RB
Florida
40
2
Percy Harvin Vikings WR
Michigan
38
8
Tom Brady Patriots QB
Florida State
35
10
Anquan Boldin Ravens WR
Penn State
33
10
Tamba Hali Chiefs LB
Purdue
28
3
Drew Brees Saints QB
Notre Dame
28
2
Justin Tuck Giants DE
Michigan State
25
10
Flozell Adams Steelers OT
North Carolina
24
2
Julius Peppers Bears DE
Wisconsin
24
4
Mark Tauscher Packers OT
Louisville
24
4
Elvis Dumervil Broncos LB
Clemson
23
12
Trevor Pryce Jets DE
Pittsburgh
23
1
Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals WR
Illinois
23
9
Rashard Mendenhall Steelers RB
UCLA
22
15
Maurice Jones-Drew Jaguars RB
Texas A&M
21
7
Ty Warren Patriots DE
Brigham Young
20
3
Austin Collie Colts WR
Kansas State
18
5
Josh Freeman Buccaneers QB
Cincinnati
17
6
Brent Celek Eagles DE
Syracuse
17
3
Donovan McNabb Redskins QB
Arizona
16
5
Lance Briggs Bears LB
San Diego State
15
2
Chester Pitts Seahawks G
Washington
14
7
Lawyer Milloy Seahawks S
Kentucky
14
4
Steve Johnson Bills WR
West Virginia
14
5
Marc Bulger Ravens QB
Missouri
13
11
Justin Gage Titans WR
Vanderbilt
12
5
Jay Cutler Bears QB
Memphis
10
12
DeAngelo Williams Panthers RB
Connecticut
10
3
Tyvon Branch Raiders S
Utah State
8
12
Chris Cooley Redskins TE
Kansas
8
1
Aquib Talib Buccaneers CB
Temple
8
7
Raheem Brock Seahawks DE
Hampton
7
16
Marcus Dixon Jets DE
Duke
6
1
Patrick Bailey Titans LB
Villanova
6
9
Brian Westbrook 49ers RB
UNLV
6
8
Eric Wright Browns CB
Richmond
4
12
Tim Hightower Cardinals RB
Akron
4
15
Dominik Hixon Giants WR
Northern Colorado
3
15
Vincent Jackson Chargers WR
Texas- San Antonio
1
16
Teddy Williams Cowboys WR
Wofford
1
14
Andy Strickland Falcons WR
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