UM has the most players on the NFL all-decade team of any college other than Miami. Note that UM has four, OSU only one (less than Kent State and the same as Akron, Troy, Sonoma State, Tex Southern, La Tech, Marshall, Pitt State, and William and Mary, etc.)
This UM OSU disparity raises questions about previous claims that OSU prepares their players better for the NFL (after you control for prior star ranks of recruits). In fact, the last time I checked, the average salaries of UM players in NFL were more than twice those of OSU players.
So, my question is: if OSU players do get drafted more often, then why don’t they pan out in the NFL?
In other words, what factors might enhance their performance in college but eventually make them peter out in the NFL? (Vernon (the ghost) Gholston, MoClarrett, David Boston, etc.).
It must be just a coincidence.
3-4. Tenn, FSU 3
5-10. Kent State, Syr, NC, LSU, GA, TexAM
Teams with 1 (OSU along with Akron, Troy, William and Mary, Sonoma State, Tex Southern, La Tech, Marshall, Pitt State, SD State, NM, TCU, Fresno, Syr, Tex Tech, OkSt, UL, ALA, USC, Cal, UCLA, Neb, Wash, Clemson)
NFL all-decade team
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady (UM), Peyton Manning( Tenn)
Running backs: Shaun Alexander (Ala), Jamal Lewis (Tenn), Edgerrin James (Miami), LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU).
Fullback: Lorenzo Neal (Fresno)
Receivers: Marvin Harrison (Syr), Torry Holt (NC), Randy Moss (Marshall), Terrell Owens (Tenn)
Tight ends: Antonio Gates (KentSt, Tony Gonzalez (Cal).
Offensive linemen: Walter Jones (FSU), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Orlando Pace (OSU), Alan Faneca (LSU), Steve Hutchinson (UM), Will Shields (Neb) Olin Kreutz (Wash) and Kevin Mawae (LSU), Willie Roaf (LaTech), Larry Allen (SonomaSt)
Linebackers: Ray Lewis (Miami), Derrick Brooks (FSU), Joey Porter (FSU), Zach Thomas (TTech), Brian Urlacher (NM), DeMarcus Ware (Troy).
Defensive ends: Julius Peppers (NC), Michael Strahan (TexSouth), Jason Taylor (Akron), Dwight Freeney (Syr)
Defensive tackles: La'Roi Glover (SDSt), Richard Seymour (GA), Kevin Williams (OkSt) Warren Sapp (Miami).
Secondary: Ronde Barber (VA), Champ Bailey (GA), Ty Law (UM), Charles Woodson (UM), Brian Dawkins (Clem), Troy Polamalu (USC), Ed Reed (Miami), Darren Sharper (WmMary).
Kickers: David Akers (UL), Adam Vinatieri (SDSt)
Punters: Shane Lechler (TexAM), Brian Moorman (PittSt)
Kick returners: Kick return: Devin Hester (Miami) Joshua Cribbs (TexAM), Dante Hall, (Kent St)