2021 G5 NFL Draft Recap

The 2021 NFL Draft was completed on May 1, 2021.  39 players from the Group of Five were selected during the seven rounds of the draft. 

Zach Wilson, the quarterback from Brigham Young led the way, being selected second overall by the New York Jets.  He was followed in the first round by Zaven Collins of Tulsa and Payton Turner of Houston.   Two G5 players heard their name called in the second round as Ritchie Grant of UCF and D’Wayne Eskridge of Western Michigan were selected. 

Cornerback and Offensive Tackle positions each had 7 total G5 players selected, followed closely by Wide receiver with 6. 

Turner was the first defensive end selected in the draft.  Wilson was the second quarterback selected, Collins the second linebacker selected, and Grant the second safety selected. 

The American Athletic conference led the way with 19 total selections, the G5 independents were second with 6 total selections (5 from BYU), Conference USA and the Mac each had 4 selections, while the Sunbelt and Mountain West each had 3 selections. 

Central Florida and Brigham Young each had 5 selections, followed by Cincinnati with 4, and Houston with 3.  Four teams had 2 selections.  In all, 22 of the 65 G5 teams had players selected in the draft. 

The tables below provide the details on the G5’s performance in the 2021 NFL draft. 

ConferenceNbr PicksHighest
ConferenceTeamNbr PicksHighest
AACCentral Florida540
INDG5Brigham Young52
MACWestern Michigan256
MWCBoise State2124
AACEast Carolina1139
CUSALouisiana Tech173
CUSANorth Texas1129
MACMiami (Ohio)1161
MWCSan Diego State1108
SBCAppalachian State1178
SBCCoastal Carolina1191
SBCSouth Alabama1255
PositionNbr Sel% of PosHighestHighest Player Selected
CB718%71Aaron Robinson, UCF
OT725%70Brady Christensen, BYU
WR618%56D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan
EDGE517%73Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech
LB313%16Zaven Collins, Tulsa
S316%40Richie Grant, UCF
TE325%124John Bates, Boise State
RB211%150Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis
DE133%28Payton Turner, Houston
DT16%250Khyiris Tonga, BYU
QB110%2Zach Wilson, BYU
Player/Position/SchoolOverall SelRoundRnd Sel
Zach Wilson, QB, BYU212
Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa16116
Payton Turner, DE, Houston28128
Richie Grant, S, UCF4028
D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan56224
Brady Christensen, OT, BYU7036
Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF7137
Milton Williams, EDGE, Louisiana Tech7339
Malcolm Koonce, EDGE, Buffalo79316
Brandon Stephens, CB, SMU104341
Darren Hall, CB, San Diego State10843
James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati11045
Cameron Sample, EDGE, Tulane11146
Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB121416
John Bates, TE, Boise State124419
Kylen Granson, TE, SMU127422
Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas129424
Josh Ball, OT, Marshall138433
D’Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina139434
Jacob Harris, TE, UCF141436
Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis15056
Jaylon Moore, OT, Western Michigan155511
Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami (Ohio)161517
Darrick Forrest, S, Cincinnati163519
Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Appalachian State178534
Avery Williams, CB, Boise State183539
Tarron Jackson, EDGE, Coastal Carolina19167
Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston203619
Tay Gowan, CB, UCF223639
Larnel Coleman, OT, UMass23173
Patrick Johnson, LB, Tulane23476
Tre Nixon, WR, UCF242715
James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati243716
Gerrid Doaks, RB, Cincinnati244717
Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU250723
Chris Wilcox, CB, BYU251724
Kawaan Baker, WR, South Alabama255728
Dax Milne, WR, BYU258731
Grant Stuard, LB, Houston259732

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