Iowa State enduring longest NFL first-round pick drought in Power 5

Iowa State football has not had a player taken in the first round of the NFL draft since 1973, the longest such drought of any team in a Power 5 conference by 21 years.

The Cyclones’ last and only first-round pick in program history is running back George Amundson. He went No. 14 overall to the Houston Oilers in 1973. As noted by SB Nation’s Alex Kirshner, the next longest drought for a Power 5 team is Indiana, which sent Thomas Lewis to the Giants in the first round in 1994.

The 44-year drought is likely to continue for Iowa State in 2018, unless receiver Allen Lazard’s draft stock skyrockets over the next couple months and a team falls in love with him. Lazard is currently projected as a fourth or fifth round pick by NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein. Linebacker Joel Lanning is not even projected to get drafted.

Next year could be a chance for Iowa State to break the streak. David Montgomery is arguably the best running back in the Big 12 and could impress scouts with a strong junior season. However, running backs have had less value in the draft in recent years, so he may need to have a statistically eye-popping campaign.

Here’s the last first-round pick for each team in the Big 12.

School Year Player, Team
Baylor 2016 WR Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns
Iowa State 1973 RB George Amundson, Houston Oilers
Kansas 2008 CB Aqib Talib, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kansas State 2009 QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oklahoma 2013 OL Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles
Oklahoma State 2014 CB Justin Gilbert, Cleveland Browns
TCU 2016 WR Josh Doctson, Washington
Texas 2015 DL Malcom Brown, New England Patriots
Texas Tech 2017 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
West Virginia 2016 DB Karl Joseph, Oakland Raiders

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