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I was going to post them all but too much work... just wanted to point out Notre Dame must be #11 for TE U...
ESPN Stats & Information dug deep into the numbers, culled details on all-conference performers, All-Americans, NFL draft picks and stars from the pro ranks, and came up with a formula to determine the official rankings for the schools best at producing quarterbacks, receivers, tight ends, running backs, linemen, linebackers and defensive backs.
We needed a way to account for Notre Dame's lack of conference affiliation, and we used Brian Burke's NFL draft pick values chart to figure out how much more to value a first-round draft pick than a seventh-rounder.
Agree, I'd go ND at #4 with an argument for 3rd.
Iowa probably supplants Miami in a couple of years.
Wonder if it’s because, aside from Rudolph and Eifert, our best tight ends have tended to profile more as blockers than pass-catchers in the NFL?
Either way, ridiculous.
Did they do O Line?
It's no surprise that Alabama finds itself at the top of this list with Wisconsin a close second. In this research, Alabama had the most seasons with an all-conference player and has had an incredible amount of players drafted since 1998.
The Crimson Tide and Badgers led most of the categories analyzed, and though offensive linemen can be difficult to evaluate individually, when you look at the draft results for both teams, it's easy to see why these two top the list. It will be difficult to dethrone these two programs, but Oklahoma and Notre Dame have been making a big push as of late. The Irish in particular have had a run of top offensive linemen taken in the NFL draft and seemingly have more on the way. -
Notable players: Andre Smith, James Carpenter, D.J. Fluker, Cam Robinson, Jonah Williams, Ross Pierschbacher
Notable players: Joe Thomas, Gabe Carimi, Kevin Zeitler, Travis Frederick, Michael Deiter, David Edwards
Notable players: Jammal Brown, Davin Joseph, Phil Loadholt, Trent Williams, Lane Johnson, Orlando Brown, Cody Ford
Notable players: Jon Jansen, Steve Hutchinson, Jeff Backus, David Baas, Jake Long, Taylor Lewan
5. Ohio State
Notable players: LeCharles Bentley, Nick Mangold, Mike Adams, Jack Mewhort, Taylor Decker, Pat Elflein, Billy Price
Notable players: Winston Justice, Ryan Kalil, Sam Baker, Tyron Smith, Matt Kalil, Marcus Martin, Chuma Edoga
7. Notre Dame
Notable players: Luke Petitgout, Jeff Faine, Zack Martin, Nick Martin, Ronnie Stanley, Mike McGlinchey, Quenton Nelson
8. Florida State
Notable players: Tra Thomas, Rodney Hudson, Menelik Watson, Bryan Stork, Cameron Erving, Tre' Jackson
Notable players: Jay Humphrey, Leonard Davis, Mike Williams, Derrick Dockery, Justin Blalock, Connor Williams
Notable players: Kenyatta Walker, Max Starks, Maurkice Pouncey, Marcus Gilbert, Mike Pouncey, D.J. Humphries, Jawaan Taylor
I feel like that's highway robbery right there...
I think Miami and Iowa are clear cut at the top. Stanford you can argue as well.
Anthony Fasano - Mackey Award Finalist. 2nd round pick, played for 12 seasons.
John Carlson - 2nd-Team All-American, Mackey Finalist. 2nd round, played 7 seasons.
Kyle Rudolph - Mackey Award Semi-Finalist, (would have won as a JR. if he stayed healthy IMO) 2nd round, entering his 9th NFL season. 2x Pro Bowler + 1 PB MVP
Tyler Eifert - John Mackey Award, First-Team All-American, 1st rd pick, 2015 Pro Bowler, heading into his 7th NFL season.
Troy Niklas - 2nd Rd Draft pick, played 4 NFL seasons, current free agent.
Ben Koyak - 7th Rd draft pick, heading into his 5th NFL season.
Durham Smythe - 4th Rd Draft pick, currently entering his 2nd NFL season.
Alize Mack - 7th Rd Draft pick, entering his rookie season.
So, not even counting Troy, who could still find himself a try-out/roster spot at some point, we have five active TEs in the NFL, two of which are pro-bowlers, and you can make a case that Eifert is one of the elite pass-catching TEs who's career has been unfortunately derailed by health issues.