2011 NFL Draft: Ranking Top 25 AP College Teams That Generated Most Selections

Dan Van WieContributor IIIMay 4, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: Ranking Top 25 AP College Teams That Generated Most Selections

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    Now that the 2011 NFL Draft has concluded and the dust has settled, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to look at the question of success for collegiate programs and how that translates in to sending players on to the next level, the NFL.

    How do you define success? Is it a winning season, a bowl game appearance, winning your conference, or something else? Since you can see that could be a broad based topic, we are going to narrow it down, for the purposes of this article, to being ranked as one of the final 25 teams in the Associated Press poll that concluded the 2010 season.

    So for those 25 teams that made the grade, who is churning out the most players in to the NFL? Also, what rounds are they being drafted in? As a general rule of thumb, the majority of NFL draft picks that go in rounds 1-3 are considered to be starters, while the players drafted in rounds 4-7 are thought to be projects or are added for depth purposes or special teams. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but I believe the generalizations I made are correct.

    We will take a look at the NFL Drafts from 2010 and 2011 and see how consistent these 25 colleges are at generating players that proceed to the NFL. If your favorite college did not make the AP Top 25 list, you can generate your own figures and compare it to this ranked list. Enjoy.

# 25) Tulsa: One Player

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    Tulsa was ranked at 24 in the AP Poll. In the past two NFL Drafts, they have only had one player drafted. That was Charles Clay in 2011, and he went on day three of the draft.

24) Texas A&M: Two Players

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    Texas A&M finished the 2010 season as the 19th ranked team in the AP Poll.

    The school saw one of their stars drafted with the second overall pick when Von Miller went to Denver.

    From the 2010 NFL Draft, the only player drafted was Jordan Pugh.

Tied for 20) North Carolina State: Three Players

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    North Carolina State finished the 2010 season as the 25th ranked team in the AP Poll.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, they had one player drafted in the first three rounds, linebacker Nate Irving.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, they had two players drafted in rounds 4 - 7, Ted Larsen and Willie Young.

Tied for 20) UCF: Three Players

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    UCF finished the 2010 season ranked as the 20th team in the final AP Poll.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, UCF had one player drafted in the first three rounds, lineman Jah Reid. They also had one player drafted in rounds 4 - 7, Bruce Miller.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, defensive tackle Torell Troup was drafted in the second round. He was the only UCF player drafted that year.

Tied for 20) Michigan State- Three Players

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    Michigan State finished the 2010 season, as the 14th ranked team in the final AP Poll. Interestingly enough, the Spartans have not had one player drafted in the first three rounds in either the 2010 or 2011 NFL Draft.

    They had two players drafted this year in rounds 4 - 7, Greg Jones and Chris L. Rucker. They had one player drafted in 2010 in rounds 4 - 7, Jeremy Ware.

Tied for 20) Nevada: Three Players

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    Nevada was ranked as number 11 in the final AP Poll for 2010.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, Nevada had two players drafted in the first three rounds, both pictured here. They were Colin Kaepernick and Dontay Moch. In rounds 4 - 7, Virgil Green was drafted.

    Nevada did not have a single player drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Tied for 14) Maryland: Four Players

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    Maryland finished the 2010 season as the 23rd ranked team in the final AP Poll.

    Torrey Smith was drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft in the first three rounds. They also had Da'Rel Scott drafted in rounds 4 - 7 this year.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, Maryland had two players drafted, both in rounds 4 - 7, Bruce Campbell and Nolan Carroll.

Tied for 14) South Carolina: Four Players

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    South Carolina finished the 2010 season as the 23rd ranked team in the final AP Poll.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, they had one player drafted in the first three rounds, Chris Culliver. In rounds 4 - 7, Cliff Matthews was drafted.

    South Carolina had two players drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft in rounds 4 - 7, Eric Norwood and Clifton Geathers.

Tied for 14) Missouri: Four Players

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    Missouri finished the 2010 NCAA season as the 18th ranked team in the final AP Poll.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, Missouri had two players drafted in the first round, Aldon Smith and Blaine Gabbert. In rounds 4 - 7, they had one player drafted, Andrew Gachkar.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, Missouri only had one player drafted, and he went in the first three rounds. That was Sean Weatherspoon.

Tied for 14) Arkansas: Four Players

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    Arkansas finished 2010 as the 12th best team in the AP Poll.

    In the past two years, Arkansas has one player drafted in the first three rounds, which was Ryan Mallett in the 2011 NFL Draft. This year in rounds 4 - 7, D.J. Williams and DeMarcus Love were drafted.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, Arkansas had only one player drafted, Mitch Petrus, and that was in rounds 4 - 7.

Tied for 14) Boise State: Four Players

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    Boise State finished the 2010 season as the number 9 ranked team in the final AP Poll.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, both of their talented pair of wide receivers, Titus Young and Austin Pettis, were drafted in the first three rounds. In rounds 4 - 7, Brandyn Thompson was drafted.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, Boise State only had one player drafted, and he went in the first three rounds. That was Kyle Wilson.

Tied for 14) Oregon: Four Players

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    Oregon finished the 2010 season as the number three team in the final AP Poll.

    Despite the lofty finish, Oregon only had one player drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, and that was Casey Matthews, who went in rounds 4 - 7.

    Oregon had three players drafted in 2010, two of which went in the first three rounds, Jerry Hughes and Daryl Washington. They did one player drafted in rounds 4 - 7, Walter Thurmond.

13) Oklahoma State: Five Players

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    Oklahoma State finished the 2010 season as the 13th ranked team in the final AP Poll, and coincidentally enough, they rank 13th on our list. 

    Oklahoma State had only one player drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, and that was a player that went in rounds 4 - 7, Kendall Hunter.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, Oklahoma State had two players drafted in the first three rounds, Russell Okung and Dez Bryant. They had two players that went in rounds 4 - 7, Perrish Cox and Zac Robinson.

Tied for 10) Florida State: Six Players

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    Florida State finished the 2010 season as number 17 on the final AP Poll.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, Florida State had two players drafted in the first three rounds, Christian Ponder and Rodney Hudson. They had one player that went in rounds 4 - 7, Markus White.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, Florida State had one player drafted in the first three rounds, Patrick Robinson. In rounds 4 - 7, they had two players drafted, Myron Rolle and DeKoda Watson.

Tied for 10) Mississippi State: Six Players

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    Mississippi State finished the 2010 season as the 15th ranked school in the final AP Poll.

    In the past two drafts, they have had one player drafted in the first three rounds, which was Derek Sherrod this year.

    Their other five players went in rounds 4 - 7. In the 2011 NFL Draft, it was K.J. Wright, Pernell McPhee and Chris White. In the 2010 NFL Draft it was Anthony Dixon and Jamar Chaney.

Tied for 10) Auburn: Six Players

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    In the 2010 season, Auburn was the top-ranked team, due to their victory over Oregon in the National Championship Game.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, Auburn had two players drafted in the first three rounds, which were Cam Newton and Nick Fairley. They had two players drafted in rounds 4 - 7, Zach Clayton and Lee Ziemba.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, Auburn had one player drafted in the first three rounds, Ben Tate. They also had one player drafted in rounds 4 - 7, Walter McFadden.

Tied for 8) Wisconsin: Seven Players

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    Wisconsin finished the 2010 season as the seventh ranked team in the final AP Poll.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, Wisconsin had four players drafted in the first three rounds; J.J. Watt, Gabe Carimi, John Moffitt and Lance Kendricks. In rounds 4 - 7, they had one player drafted, Bill Nagy.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, Wisconsin had two players drafted, both in rounds 4 - 7, Garrett Graham and O'Brien Schofield.

Tied for 8) Stanford: Seven Players

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    Stanford finished the 2010 season as the number four team in the final AP Poll.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, Stanford had one player drafted in the first three rounds, Sione Fua. They had three players that went in rounds 4 - 7, Owen Marecic, Richard Sherman and Ryan Whalen.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, Stanford had one player that went in the first three rounds, Toby Gerhart. They had two players that went in rounds 4 - 7, Jim Dray and Erik Lorig.

Tied for 6) Virgina Tech: Eight Players

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    Virginia Tech finished the 2010 season as the 16h ranked team in the final AP Poll.

    In the past two drafts, they have generated one player that went in the first three rounds each year. In 2011, it was Ryan Williams and in 2010 it was Jason Worilds.

    In rounds 4 - 7, Virginia Tech has six players drafted. In the 2011 NFL Draft, it was Rashad Carmichael and Tyrod Taylor. In the 2010 NFL Draft, it was Ed Wang, Kam Chancellor, Brent Bowden and Cody Grimm.

Tied for 6) TCU: Eight Players

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    In 2010, TCU was the second ranked team in the final AP Poll.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, TCU had one player drafted in the first three rounds, Andy Dalton. In rounds 4 - 7, they had four players drafted; Marcus Cannon, Jeremy Kerley, Colin Jones and Malcolm Williams.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, TCU had two players that were drafted in the first three rounds, Jerry Hughes and Daryl Washington. They had one player that went in rounds 4 - 7, Marshall Newhouse.

5) Ohio State: Nine Players

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    Ohio State finished the 2010 season as the 5th ranked team in the final AP Poll.

    Out of our top five teams in this list, Ohio State is the team with the fewest players that were drafted in rounds 1 - 3, as they only have one player going that high. That was Cam Heyward, in the 2011 NFL Draft.

    In rounds 4 - 7, Ohio State has had eight players drafted. In 2011, it was Chimdi Chekwa, Jermale Hines, Brian Rolle and Ross Homan. In 2010, it was Thaddeus Gibson, Kurt Coleman, Doug Worthington and Austin Spitler.

4) Nebraska: 10 Players

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    Nebraska finished the 2010 season as the 20th rated team in the final AP Poll.

    Nebraska has seen 10 of their players drafted over the past two years. One player has gone in the first three rounds each of the past two years. This year it was Prince Amukamara and last year it was Ndamukong Suh.

    In rounds 4 - 7 in the 2011 NFL Draft, Nebraska had six players drafted, Eric Hagg, Roy Helu, Alex Henery, Dejon Gomes, Niles Paul and Keith Williams.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, Nebraska had two players drafted in rounds 4 - 7, Phillip Dillard and Larry Asante.

3) Oklahoma: 11 Players

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    Oklahoma finished the 2010 season as the 6th rated team in the final AP Poll.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, Oklahoma had one player drafted in the first three rounds, DeMarco Murray. In rounds 4 - 7, there were three players drafted; Quinton Carter, Jonathan Nelson and Jeremy Beal.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, Oklahoma had four players drafted in the first three rounds; Sam Bradford, Gerald McCoy, Trent Williams and Jermaine Gresham. In rounds 4 - 7, they had three players drafted; Dominique Franks, Keenan Clayton and Brody Eldridge.

Tied for First) LSU: 12 Players

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    LSU finished the 2010 season with the 8th ranking in the final AP Poll.

    In the 2011 NFL Draft, LSU had five players that were drafted in the first three rounds; Patrick Peterson, Kelvin Sheppard, Stevan Ridley, Drake Nevis and Joe Barksdale. They had one player drafted in rounds 4 - 7, Lazarius Levingtson.

    In the 2010 NFL Draft, LSU had two players drafted in the first three rounds, Brandon LeFell and Chad Jones. They had four players drafted in rounds 4 - 7, Al Woods, Perry Riley, Charles Scott and Trindon Holliday.

Tied for First) Alabama: 12 Players

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    Alabama finished up the 2010 season as the 10th ranked team in the final AP Poll.

    Alabama had four players drafted in the first three rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft, which were Marcell Dareus, Julio Jones, Mark Ingram and James Carpenter. They had one player that was drafted in rounds 4 - 7, Greg McElroy.

    Alabama had five players drafted in the first three rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft, which were Rolando McClain, Kareem Jackson, Terrence Cody, Javier Arenas and Mike Johnson. They had two players that were drafted in rounds 4 - 7, Brandon Deaderick and Marquis Johnson.

Conclusion

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    Looking at all the schools that finished in the top 25 in the AP Poll in 2010, there are three programs that stood out that are sending the most players to the NFL in the money rounds, rounds 1 - 3. Those programs are Alabama (9 players), LSU (7 players) and Oklahoma (5 players).

    For those fans of schools that are also sending multiple players to the NFL, but the college failed to finish in the top 25 of the AP Poll in 2010, here are some other schools and their results in the 2011 NFL Draft: 

    USC and North Carolina - 9 players

    Miami, Florida - 8 players

    Clemson, Georgia and Iowa - 6 players

    Pittsburgh - 5 players.