One of the major talking points for college football bragging rights concerns how your school’s players perform at the next level. While there is no guarantee that being a great college player will lead to professional success, there is something to be said about teams that send a lot of players to the league.
We decided to take a look at the 2013 NFL Draft and rank which schools sent the most talent to the league. Then we compared that to each team’s 2012 campaign and final AP ranking to see if the schools with the best NFL talent really did outclass the others.
We used a reverse point scoring system to rank the teams. There were 254 players drafted in 2013 — so the first overall pick (Eric Fisher) earned 254 points for Central Michigan. Conversely, this year’s Mr. Irrelevant (Justice Cunningham) earned 1 point for South Carolina. Once we matched up the corresponding value for every player drafted, we totaled them up by school and ranked them from highest to lowest. Is it a perfect science? Of course not. But it’s an attempt at determining which college football programs produced the most NFL talent in a mathematical way.
Without further ado, here are the top 25 teams that dominated the 2013 NFL Draft:
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