Sunday, April 7, 2013

Boise State One of 14 Schools with a First Round NFL Draft Pick in Three of Five Years

Like everything else, even the talent evaluation-challenged NFL is catching up to the most successful college football team since 1900.  With first-round selections in 2008, 2010 and 2012, Boise State is tied for eighth in the nation with three first-round picks in the last five years.  The Broncos are one of 14 schools with that distinction.  Boise State also ranks 10th in the nation with four first-rounders in the last five years.

NFL All-Pro Ryan Clady was selected in the first round of the 2008 Draft, while Kyle Wilson was a first-round choice of the Jets in 2010 and Doug Martin and Shea McClellin were each taken in last year's first round.

Alabama has promoted a player to the NFL in each of the last five years and also leads in total first-rounders with 11.  Boston College, Florida, Illinois, LSU and USC have featured first-round choices in four of those years, while Baylor, Boise State, California, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Tennessee are tied with first-rounders in three of those years.  Georgia, Florida State, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Texas, Texas A&M, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin have featured first-round choices in two of the five years.

I bring this up because more and more, the talk is that Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor will be a first-round choice in this year's NFL Draft.  Can the Broncos make it three of four years and four years in the last six?    

USC is second in total first-rounders in the last five years with 10 and then it's a big drop-off to Florida with six.  Baylor, Boston College, Illinois, LSU, Missouri and Oklahoma State have five first-rounders in the last five years while Boise State, California, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee have four each.