By increasing the caliber of recruit Arizona brought to the grass for the last seven years, Mike Stoops is producing NFL-bound players at a level last seen when Dick Tomey owned the role.
From the last class alone, Stoops saw three of his players drafted onto NFL squads, including Brooks Reed to the Texans, Ricky Elmore to the Packers and D'Aundre Reed to the Vikings.
Under the previous regime in which the program saw success (go ahead and forget the torturous John Mackovic era altogether, please), nearly 60 Tomey players (58 by my tally), mainly from his trademark Desert Swarm defense, were rostered on NFL teams over 13 seasons.
According to Pro-FootballReference.com, in seven years at Arizona, 21 Stoops players have either been picked in the NFL draft or made it onto NFL rosters via undrafted free agency.
Come inside to see the 21 NFL players produced at the U of A under Stoops so far: