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NFL Draft: History Shows Which Colleges Produce the Most First-Round Talent

Luis AlbertoCorrespondent IMarch 16, 2008
  • Miami has the most 1st round picks since 2000 with an ungodly 25. After Miami is Ohio State and Florida State (each with 13), Texas (12), Wisconsin, Tennessee, Penn State, Oklahoma, USC and Georgia (all with 8).
  • Texas has the most top 10 picks with 7. Miami has 5. Behind Miami is USC and FSU (each with 4), Penn State, Auburn, NC State and Ohio State (all with 3).
  • Texas has the most top 5 picks with 5 (Vince Young, Cedric Benson, Leonard Davis, Mike Williams and Quentin Jammer). Penn State has 3 (Levi Brown, Courtney Brown, Lavar Arrington) - two of those were from the 2000 draft. Auburn (Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown - both RB's picked back to back in 2005), USC (Carson Pamer and Reggie Bush), NC State (Mario Williams and Philip Rivers) and Miami (Andre Johnson and Sean Taylor) each have 2.
  • Texas can get players to the next level, but they don't necessarily succeed - especially the offensive linemen. Leonard Davis and Mike Williams have both been released by their original teams. Vince Young is a star in waiting. Quentin Jammer is a starter in SD, but many feel he is overrated. The jury is still out on Benson, but early results aren't promising.
  • Two of the three Penn State players didn't really live up to their draft status. Courtney Brown was a dud and is currently without a team (to my knowledge). LaVarr Arrington managed a couple of good years, but nothing worthy of his draft status. Levi Brown is a rookie in 2007.
  • USC's and Miami's top five picks appear to be stars
  • NC State's top 5 picks are from the last three years.
  • It's difficult to get a read on Auburn's players......both are looking iffy right now, even though their each a starting RB on their respective teams.
  • The list of teams with multiple first rounders has very few teams outside of the top conference (excluding ND) in the country. No team outside of the major conferences has had more than 2 first round picks. Fresno State, Marshall, Utah, UAB, Tulane, and Jackson State each had 2 first round picks in this time period. Fresno State (David Carr) and Utah (Alex Smith) each had a player picked number 1 overall during this time period.
  • Fresno State had the 1st pick of the 1st round in 2003 (Carr) and the last pick of the first round in 2005 (Mankins)
  • Both of Tulane's first round picks were QB's taken in the second half of the first round. JP Losman was selected 22nd in 2004 and Patrick Ramsey was the last pick of the 1st round in 2002.
  • Both of Marshall's first round picks since 2000 have been QB's. Chad Pennington was selected 18th in 2000 by the Jets. Byron Leftwich was selected 7th by the Jags in 2003.
  • Both of Utah's 1st round picks came in the top 10. Jordan Gross was the Panther first pick in 2003 at number 8. The 49ers took Smith number 1 in 2005.
  • Utah is the only school outside of the major conferences to have multiple top 10 picks. No school outside of the major conferences has had multiple top 5 picks.
  • Only TCU (Ladanian Tomlinson), Utah and Fresno State have had any top 5 pick while being outside of the major conferences.
  • Notre Dame has had two first round picks since 2000 - Brady Quinn (no. 22 in 2007) and Jeff Faine (No 21 in 2003). Both were selected by the Browns.
  • The SEC has had the most first round picks since 2000 with 69. Followed by the Big 10 (48), ACC (45), PAC 10 (31) and Big 12 (30). Based on the conference to which each school belongs in 2007 (many of the ACC's picks would actually belong to the Big East)
  • The Big East has only had 8 first round picks since 2000. However, many of the first round picks that are attributed to the ACC were for teams that were in the Big East at the time (Virginia Tech, Miami, and BC).
  • The SEC has had the most top 10 picks with 23. Followed by the ACC (15), the Big 10 and Big 12 (12 each) and the PAC 10 with 9. The Mountain West had 4 - Smith and Gross from Utah, Urlacher from New Mexico and LT from TCU.
  • The list for conferences with most top 5 picks is as follows: SEC (11), Big 10 (8), ACC and Big 12(7 each).
  • The PAC 10 only has three - 2 Heisman Trophy winners from USC (Palmer and Bush) and Joey Harrington from Oregon.
  • The Big East only has 3 top 10 picks (Pacman Jones from WVU, Amobi Okoye from Louisville, and Larry Fitgerald) and one top 5 (Fitzgerald). Again, many of the Miami, Va Tech and BC players were in the Big East at the time they were picked. But these numbers don't bode well for the current schools in the Big East.
  • The WAC has only had one top 5 (or top 10) player, but it was the number 1 pick from the 2003 draft, David Carr.
  • Miami has had 4 Tight Ends drafted in the first round since 2000. No other school has had more than 1.
  • Miami was either 1st or 2nd in every position except quarterback and kicker. Sebastian Janikowski was the only kicker drafted in the first round during this time period.
  • Defensive Linemen were, by far, the most frequest first rounders (60 players taken). The totals by position were: D-Line (60); DB (45); WR (37); O-Line (30); RB (24); LB (23); QB (21); TE (13); Kicker (1)
  • The fact there were 21 QB's taken in the first round indicates that, basically, 2 out of every 3 teams have entered a draft since 2000 in search of a franchise qb.

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