WILLIAMS: Iowa State’s bleak history with the NFL Draft

We all want Iowa State to have a better college football program than it has – well – ever. Sure, there is pride. There is a lot of it, actually. “Loyal sons forever true,” right?

Heck yeah. 

That is why you guys (the most loyal fans…excuse me…Fanatics) continue to fill up Jack Trice Stadium every Saturday despite the below average product you pay to see. 

So much pride. It’s awesome. 

Not to bring everyone down here on this fine Thursday in central Iowa but with this weekend’s NFL Draft approaching, I thought I would look up some of Iowa State’s history in the big event. 

It is ugly. No, like, worse than you ever would have imagined. 

Iowa State hasn’t had a player go in the first round since running back George Amundson went to the Houston Oilers at pick No. 15 in 1973. 

Other than Indiana, every other Power-5 school in college football has had a first round pick since the year 2005. Indiana’s last one was in 1994 and that could end tonight as offensive lineman Jason Spriggs, a projected second-rounder, could sneak into the first. 

Chances are that for the second year in a row, Iowa State will go without having a player taken. 

Iowa State was close to snapping this streak in 2012 when Kelechi Osemele went to the Ravens in the second round. 

Iowa State’s last player drafted was Jeremiah George to the Jaguars in the fifth round in 2014. In 2013, A.J. Klein went to the Panthers in the fifth while Carter Bykowski was a seventh round selection by the 49ers.

Matt Campbell’s program has all of the momentum in the world right now. If he does indeed turn things around and accomplish things in Ames that nobody else has, we will likely see proof in the NFL Draft over the next 3-5 years. 

It’s pretty simple. Good players win games. Iowa State’s abysmal history in the NFL Draft matches up well with the three bowl wins in program history.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.