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.
|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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