Each year the NFL stages its annual college draft. The usual powerhouse NCAA football schools tend to graduate the most player into the National Football League. Below is a list ranking the most NFL players for each collegiate school by season. While the bulk of NFL star players in the come from the most successful College programs, there is always the example of a big-time player from a small school (like Walter Payton from Jackson State & Jerry Rice from Mississippi Valley State).
- "FBS" refers to schools in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision which is governed by the NCAA.
- "FCS" refers to schools that are part of Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly known as Division I-AA.
- "II" refers to Division II, the intermediate level governed by the NCAA.
- NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) consists of smaller colleges and universities across the United States.