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We're 21 days away from the 2015 NFL Draft.

Granted, that's better than being, say, 50 days away from the draft, but it still means three more weeks to wait.

To help pass the time, we decided to spotlight the top 21 schools when it comes to producing picks for the past 10 drafts.

Four of the top 10 are from the SEC; there are two each from the ACC and Big Ten and one apiece from the Big 12 and Pac-12. But the Pac-12 school just happens to be on top.

Here's the list (there actually are 24 schools because of a tie at 20th). Only interim coaches who coached an entire season are included in coaching totals. Coaches in their first season with a school in 2014 were not counted, as they haven't coached any players from that school that have been drafted.

1. USC

Total draftees: 69.
First-rounders: 14.
First-round prospects this year: DL Leonard Williams.
Coaches during span: 3.
The buzz: The Trojans have had three first-rounders in the past five drafts; that's as many as they had go in the first round in 2009 alone. USC has had just one offensive skill-position player go in the first round (QB Mark Sanchez, in 2009) since '06.

2. LSU

Total draftees: 63.
First-rounders: 14.
First-round prospects this year: T/G La'el Collins, CB Jalen Collins.
Coaches during span: 2.
The buzz: LSU has had at least one first-round pick in 10 of the past 11 drafts (all but 2010).

3. Oklahoma

Total draftees: 57.
First-rounders: 9.
First-round prospects this year: DT Jordan Phillips.
Coaches during span: 1.
The buzz: OU had four first-rounders in 2010 (actually, it had three players go in the top four that year). Since then, though, covering the past four drafts, OU has had just two players go in the first two rounds (21 draftees in that span).

4. Georgia

Total draftees: 56.
First-rounders: 7.
First-round prospects this year: RB Todd Gurley.
Coaches during span: 1.
The buzz: Georgia is the only team in the top seven of this list that did not at least play for a national title during the past 10 years (they are one of three in that boat in the top 10).

5. Florida State

Total draftees: 54.
First-rounders: 13.
First-round prospects this year: QB Jameis Winston, DT Eddie Goldman, C/T Cameron Erving, CB P.J. Williams, CB Ronald Darby.
Coaches during span: 2.
The buzz: FSU has had 18 draftees in the past two drafts alone; the school had just 10 total draftees during one four-year stretch (2008-11).

6. (tie) Alabama

Total draftees: 53.
First-rounders: 16.
First-round prospects this year: WR Amari Cooper, S Landon Collins.
Coaches during span: 2.
The buzz: Alabama has had 15 first-round picks in the past five drafts.

6. (tie) Ohio State

Total draftees: 53.
First-rounders: 13.
First-round prospects this year: DT Michael Bennett.
Coaches during span: 3.
The buzz: Of Ohio State's 13 first-rounders in the past 10 years, seven came in a two-year stretch (2006-07).

8. Miami

Total draftees: 46.
First-rounders: 6.
First-round prospects this year: OT Ereck Flowers, WR Phillip Dorsett, ILB Denzel Perryman.
Coaches during span: 3.
The buzz: Miami hasn't had a first-round pick since 2008. UM had six first-round picks in 2004 alone -- and has had just six since.

9. Florida

Total draftees: 45.
First-rounders: 11.
First-round prospects this year: DE/OLB Dante Fowler Jr., OT D.J. Humphries.
Coaches during span: 2.
The buzz: Seven of the Gators' first-rounders in the past 10 drafts have been defensive players. Two of the four offensive first-rounders were twins -- Mike and Maurkice Pouncey.

10. Wisconsin

Total draftees: 42.
First-rounders: 6.
First-round prospects this year: RB Melvin Gordon.
Coaches during span: 3.
The buzz: Gordon seems likely to become the first Badgers skill-position player to go in the first round since 2004. Four of their six first-round selections in the past 10 years have been offensive linemen; the other two were defensive linemen.

11. (tie) Clemson

Total draftees: 41.
First-rounders: 5.
First-round prospects this year: OLB/DE Vic Beasley.
Coaches during span: 2.
The buzz: The Tigers haven't had a defensive player selected in the first round since 2007, when DE Gaines Adams went fourth overall to Tampa Bay.

11. (tie) Texas

Total draftees: 41.
First-rounders: 9.
First-round prospects this year: DT Malcom Brown.
Coaches during span: 1.
The buzz: Texas had zero draftees last year, the first time that had happened since 1937. The Longhorns haven't had an offensive player go in the first round since Vince Young in 2006, and they have had just one offensive player go as high as the second round since '07.

13. (tie) California

Total draftees: 40.
First-rounders: 6.
First-round prospects this year: None.
Coaches during span: 2.
The buzz: Cal has had 12 players selected in the past three drafts, but just two of those were drafted before the third round.

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13. (tie) Notre Dame

Total draftees: 40.
First-rounders: 5.
First-round prospects this year: None.
Coaches during span: 3.
The buzz: Notre Dame has had a first-round pick in each of the past three drafts; that's the first time that has happened for the Irish since 1992-94. Notre Dame has had 14 total selections in the past two drafts, matching its total for the previous five drafts.

13. (tie) Virginia Tech

Total draftees: 40.
First-rounders: 3.
First-round prospects this year: None.
Coaches during span: 1.
The buzz: Thirteen of Virginia Tech's 40 draftees in the past 10 years have been defensive backs; the Hokies have had 11 offensive skill-position players drafted in the same span.

16. Iowa

Total draftees: 39.
First-rounders: 4.
First-round prospects this year: T/G Brandon Scherff, DT Carl Davis.
Coaches during span: 1.
The buzz: Iowa hasn't had an offensive skill-position player taken in the first round since 1986; it had two that year, QB Chuck Long and RB Ronnie Harmon.

17. Nebraska

Total draftees: 37.
First-rounders: 4.
First-round prospects this year: DE/OLB Randy Gregory.
Coaches during span: 2.
The buzz: The last Nebraska offensive player to go in the first round? RB Lawrence Phillips in 1996. The Huskers haven't had an offensive player go as high as the second round since 2007.

18. Penn State

Total draftees: 36.
First-rounders: 4.
First-round prospects this year: None.
Coaches during span: 2.
The buzz: Penn State hasn't had a first-round pick since 2010, and all four of the Nittany Lions' first-rounders in the past 10 years have been linemen (three defensive).

19. Oregon

Total draftees: 35.
First-rounders: 4.
First-round prospects this year: QB Marcus Mariota, DE Arik Armstead.
Coaches during span: 3.
The buzz: Less than a third of the Ducks' draftees in the past 10 years (11 of them) have gone in the first two rounds; almost half (17 of them) have gone in the fifth, six or seventh rounds.

20. (tie) Auburn

Total draftees: 34.
First-rounders: 9.
First-round prospects this year: None.
Coaches during span: 3.
The buzz: Four of the Tigers' nine first-rounders in the past 10 years came in one draft, in 2005.

20. (tie) Michigan

Total draftees: 34.
First-rounders: 5.
First-round prospects this year: None.
Coaches during span: 3.
The buzz: Michigan has had just 15 players selected in the past six drafts. And get this: The Wolverines have had just two offensive skill-position players go in the first two rounds in the past 10 drafts (QB Chad Henne was a second-rounder in 2008 and WR Braylon Edwards was a first-rounder in '05).

20. (tie) North Carolina

Total draftees: 34.
First-rounders: 7.
First-round prospects this year: None.
Coaches during span: 4.
The buzz: UNC has had at least one first-rounder in four consecutive drafts. Four of their seven first-rounders in the past decade have been defensive linemen.

20. (tie) South Carolina

Total draftees: 34.
First-rounders: 5.
First-round prospects this year: None.
Coaches during span: 2.
The buzz: Thirteen of the Gamecocks' 34 draftees in the past 10 years were taken in two drafts, in 2012 and '13. When you add in the '09 draft, that number increases to 20 draftees.

20. (tie) Tennessee

Total draftees: 34.
First-rounders: 9.
First-round prospects this year: None.
Coaches during span: 4.
The buzz: Tennessee has had just 10 players taken in the past four drafts.

Two other schools, Stanford with 33 and Arkansas with 30, had at least 30 draftees in the past 10 years.

Just for fun, we ran some numbers to figure out the 10 winningest programs (by winning percentage) from 2004-13 (that is the span for the drafts from 2005-14). Eight of the teams on our list show up; the two that didn't were Boise State, which had the highest winning percentage and had 21 draftees, and TCU, which had 24 draftees.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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