Nebraska Football Recruiting: NFL Draft Results Should Be Boon for Bo Pelini

Erin SorensenContributor IMay 15, 2014

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 16: Wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. #3 of the Michigan State Spartans and cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste #16 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers fight for a ball during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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This year's NFL draft results will likely give Bo Pelini a little extra recruiting help, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

In fact, if any recruit interested in playing defense had any doubts about what Pelini's capable of, they just need to take a quick look at Stanley Jean-Baptiste.

Those are not bad statistics for Nebraska and Pelini. They're also numbers that Pelini and his staff should be mentioning while on the recruiting trail.

For many young athletes, the possibility of making it to the NFL weighs heavily in their decision to attend one school over another. When they see a particular program churning out results, it will at least spark their interest.

For Nebraska, the seven defensive backs drafted is creating buzz. It's not just because they were drafted either. It's because they typically go on to earn some serious playing time in the NFL.

Take Prince Amukamara, for instance. When the cornerback first arrived at Nebraska, he made an impact quickly by starting as a true freshman. And Pelini definitely saw the future potential for Amukamara.

By the time he graduated, Amukamara helped lead the Husker secondary to be one of the best in the country. Per, he limited opponents to only 18 pass completions in 52 attempts against him. His numbers were impressive, and the New York Giants took notice. Amukamara was drafted at No. 19 in the first round of the NFL draft in 2011.

Since then, Amukamara has made an impression in New York, earning a fair amount of playing time. 

And Amukamara and Jean-Baptiste aren't the only two Pelini can brag about, though. According to Nebraska Athletics, the Huskers have had 27 defensive backs drafted since 1990, not including Jean-Baptiste.

Even more impressive? "Nebraska has had a defensive player taken in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft in 23 of the last 29 years," per Nebraska Athletics. 

That's quite the talking point for recruiting purposes. With Nebraska's new secondary coach, Charlton Warren, still settling in, it definitely does not hurt to have these statistics to share.

As of now, the Huskers have one defensive back committed to the 2015 class. However, plenty more have been offered. And Warren must be saying the right things. Per 247Sports, he is now ranked No. 18 in recruiter rankings.

As Pelini and Warren work on finding the next big stars at defensive back for Nebraska, they have the NFL draft results to point to. After all, what recruit wouldn't be impressed by the pipeline of defensive backs the Huskers have sent on to the NFL?

It's a position Pelini knows well, and it shouldn't be a difficult position for the Huskers to recruit either.


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