As much as college football fans enjoy their precious game—one that has seen more passion, emotion, blood, sweat and heart poured into it than almost any other sport over the past 100 years—it's still just a stepping stone for the very best players who take the field each Saturday.
For those select few who get the unique opportunity of taking their talents to Sundays, the NFL opens the curtain and takes center stage.
The first step to becoming a professional often involves the NFL combine, where scouts from all 32 teams get a look at the physical and mental attributes of players who are hoping to soon get paid to play the game they love.
The ability to send players to the combine often sets programs apart, as you'll notice from the names at the top of this list. Being able to send more than a handful of players each year is something that can be used in recruiting.
Most kids arrive to college with the goal of playing in the NFL, and if a school has a reputation of churning out pros, it will often get plenty of attention from the best high school players.
We've narrowed down the list to the top 26 programs by their presence in the NFL combine, including ties. A number of schools have five participants—a respectable amount—while the leader, whom you may have guessed already, is sending more than you can count on both hands.
Did your favorite team make the cut? Click ahead to find out who did and check out some of the notable names you'll see in the 2014 NFL combine.
All player stats via cfbstats.com. Combine information via nfl.com. Notable schools that failed to make the list include Texas, Nebraska and Michigan, among others. Ties are listed in alphabetical order.