Does college success translate directly into the NFL draft?
Yes and no. A team like Auburn, for example, was one of the biggest success stories in the country last season and came within seconds of winning the national title. But because they return so much talent in 2014, the Tigers had only four players selected in the draft.
At the same time, perennial powers such as Florida State and Alabama, which have won the last three national championships, both saw at least seven players drafted—and many came toward the top.
There is a definite correlation between college success and having NFL players drafted, but it is not an exact science.
Teams wax and wane from year to year, and one school—which I outlined in depth before the draft—continued producing NFL talent despite mediocre college success.
Here's how things shook out in 2014.