i like 'em both
Last year around this time I posted a spreadsheet with information on UM and the NFL draft. You'll see an updated version here.
In 2011 I looked at three-year intervals; this year I extended them to four years. In the most recent ('09 to '12) four-year interval, UM had ten picks. That's the lowest number since '84 to '87 (also ten). Only the '83 to '86 run (eight picks) was worse in the modern era.
Taking a closer look at the high (rounds one to three) end, there were three such picks from '09 to '12. This has never happened in the modern era. In most four-year intervals there were at least twice that many.
Next to the first draftee for each year you'll see four columns: * Total number of picks for that year. * Total number of picks for that year and the three prior years. * Total number of "high" picks for that year. * Total number of "high" picks for that year and the three prior years.
Is it fair to use NFL draft results as a proxy for talent level? I believe so, at least to some degree. This would mean that the '08 team (whose players were draft-eligible from '09 to '12) is the least talented one we've had. Interestingly (to put it mildly) low draft numbers in the mid-'80s (when viewing overall picks) and the early '90s (high picks) didn't result in poor W-L records.
Anyway, I hope Hoke's recruiting success helps reestablish UMich as an NFL factory. It hasn't been one since around the time the '04 class was exiting.
* Since the draft is currently seven rounds, I ignored all picks past that round in old drafts.
* I did not account for expansion (Bucs and Seahawks in the mid-'70s, Panthers and Jags sometime after that), so the numbers from (say) the early '70s, which are already impressive, should be considered in that light. (Being drafted in the first round with fewer teams is a rarer achievement.)
* For obvious reasons, I didn't count Ryan Mallett (a "high" pick) and Toney Clemons (7th-rounder) in the recent years. Mr. Plow, btw, was not drafted by the NFL.
Matt Charboneu is such an MSU slappy, I wonder if Spartans are actually starting to be embarrassed by his enthusiasms. To hear him tell it, the Michigan State defense next year is going to take sliced bread, and ground it down into its component parts, and then synthesize it into even more...component--but hard-hitting--parts.
I'm scared, Matt.
Oh, wait, You're coming to Ann Arbor next year.
I hope you have a Kork Coupons with you.
The word talented would not do it justice. Nine starters return from a team that was sixth in the nation a year ago in total defense. And if its performance on Saturday was any indication, this defense will be one that could lead the Spartans somewhere they have only dreamt of in recent years — a national championship.
Ohio State and, to a lesser extent, Notre Dame continue to carve into Michigan's lead in the recruiting rankings, with each school getting big-time commits this week. The middle of the pack is slowly taking shape as well, while the bottom four teams continue to boast just three combined commitments. Changes since the last rankings:
4-22-12: Iowa picks up Nathan Bazata.
4-23-12: Ohio State picks up Joey Bosa and Lewis Neal. Iowa picks up Brant Gressel.
4-26-12: Notre Dame picks up Mike Heuerman. Illinois picks up Aaron Bailey.
4-27-12: Iowa picks up John Kenny.
4-29-12: Wisconsin picks up Rob Wheelwright.
|Big Ten+ Recruiting Class Rankings|
|Rank||School||# Commits||Rivals Avg||Scout Avg||24/7 Avg||ESPN Avg||Avg Avg^|
^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.
NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as two-star players.
On to the full data.
Gamecocks hit with failure to monitor, per ESPN.
Rivals went ahead and put together 2 articles showing how they ranked each player drafted through the first 3 rounds.
Here are the links:
2nd and 3rd Round: http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1360073
Breakdown of the 1st round by stars:
Breakdown of the 1st round by conference:
Among the conferences, the SEC again had the most first-round selections, with nine. Four of the top 10 picks were SEC players. Five Big 12 players were picked, followed by four from the Big Ten (all after pick 22) and Pac-12, three from the ACC, two each from the Big East, Mountain West and independent ranks and one from Conference USA.
Breakdown of 1st round by High School state:
In terms of high school ball, there were five former Texas prep stars selected. Second-most among the states was Tennessee with three; there were two players each from Alabama, California, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma and Virginia, and one each from Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.
Rather a slow day (really, the last week overall, save for the burst of posts regarding the NFL Draft) here, so I thought I would share this...
Tremendous recently did an excellent interview with 2013 commit Wyatt Shallman. You can read the full interview here:
I would, however, like to quote the well-worded start of the summary, which caps what I think is one of the best interviews by Tremendous to date:
"Wyatt is a multi-faceted guy who is already developing a chip on his shoulder coming into this season. For Michigan, he'll be a running back. Any talk otherwise should end now and I think he's ready to prove some people wrong."