UMich NFL draft history, Part III

UMich NFL draft history, Part III

Submitted by blueheron on May 20th, 2013 at 7:16 AM

I've twice posted spreadsheets with information on UM and the NFL draft. I decided to do it at least once more this year.

In 2012 I looked at four-year intervals; this year I extended them to five years. My thinking: In any year the team could have players from five classes playing ... true freshmen up through 5th-year seniors. Here are the extremes that are captured in the most recent five-year interval:

* 2004 recruits who played a fifth year, like Morgan Trent ('09 draft)
* 2009 recruits who did not redshirt, like Denard ('13 draft)

So, part of the '04 class, part of the '09 class, and everything between them ...

In the most recent ('09 to '13) five-year interval, UM had twelve picks. That's the lowest number since '83 to '87 (also twelve). No other interval 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 '13. This has never happened in the modern era. In all other five-year intervals there were at least _twice_ that many. The '07 and '06 drafts (four apiece) had more high-end picks in single years.


At least by one measure (a decent one, I think), the "program" has clearly been lacking NFL talent (especially at the upper end). It will be interesting to see what happens in '14 and beyond. Needless to say, a couple of lean recruiting years ('10 and '11) might not bring high numbers. '09 looks a little better.


- Data is from CBS Sportsline.
- 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 five prior years. * Total number of "high" picks for that year. * Total number of "high" picks for that year and the five prior years.
- Because 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), Toney Clemons (7th-rounder), or Mike Cox (ditto) in the recent years.

OT: Texting during job interview: not such a good idea

OT: Texting during job interview: not such a good idea

Submitted by UMgradMSUdad on May 5th, 2013 at 3:10 PM

It seems like a slow news day, so here's my old man, Sunday afternoon rant to liven things up.  Apparently not everyone realizes that during job interviews, texting and checking twitter are not exactly activities to give the candidate a leg up on getting hired, and according to some HR professionals, such behavior is increasing:


Human resource professionals say they've seen recent college grads text or take calls in interviews, dress inappropriately, use slang or overly casual language, and exhibit other oddball behavior....

[Jaime] Fall and other HR executives say such quirks have become more commonplace the past three years or so, and are displayed by about one in five recent grads. They're prompting recruiters to rule out otherwise qualified candidates for entry-level positions and delay hiring decisions.

Here's some advice, if you're going into a job interview and you think you might be tempted to check your messages or send a text, turn your damn phone off!  

Geno Smith certainly seems to be part of this trend that HR executives are noticing. As Jason Cole reports on Yahoo Sports, texting and checking Twitter may be part of the reason Geno Smith dropped to the second round in the NFL Draft:


Two sources indicated that when Smith went on some visits to teams, rather than interact with coaches and front-office people, he would spend much of his time on his cell phone. Instead of being engaged with team officials, he would be texting friends or reading Twitter or a number of other distracting activities.

"All these other players who were in there were talking to the coaches, trying to get to know people and he was over there by himself," one of the sources said. "That's not what you want out of your quarterback."

I guess Geno's agents failed him for not telling him that that sort of thing was frowned upon.

2013 NFL Draft Recap: B1G Team Comparisons

2013 NFL Draft Recap: B1G Team Comparisons

Submitted by UMgradMSUdad on April 28th, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I thought it would be interesting to see how the B1G teams fared against each other with number of players drafted and what rounds they went in.  Overall,  it was not a good year for the B1G with only 22 players selected and just one making into the first round. I created a table that shows the number of players drafted from each team, then assigned points based on the round drafted to come up with a point total for each B1G team. I used the following numbers: first rounders were given  7 points, second rounders 6 points, and so on.  Obviously the point totals are open to debate.  Is a first rounder really worth the same as as 7 seventh rounders?  Who's to know?  Anyway, with this metric I devised, Michigan ended up with a total of 5 points based on Denard's fifth round selection (3 points) and Will's sixth round selection (2 points).  Obviously, had Taylor Lewan entered the draft, Michigan's score would have been much higher.  As Lewan would have almost surely gone in the first round, that would have made Michigan's point total 12, good enough for fourth place, just ahead of Ohio. 

I went ahead and threw in Rutgers and Maryland at the end of the chart just out of curiosity.  If Rutgers were in the B1G this year, they would have topped the conference both with number of players drafted as well as point total. 

2013 NFL Draft: B1G Edition


Team No. Taken     Points
1. Wisc 3 16
2. MSU 3 14
3. Illini 4 13
4. OSU 3 11
5. PSU 3 10
6. Purdue 1 6
7. UM 2 5
t8. Neb 2 3
t8. Iowa 1 3
IU 0 0
Minn 0 0
NW 0 0
RU 7 18
MD 1 1

Edit: Corrected based on FlintB16's post

SI Andy Staples on Denard Transitioning to WR

SI Andy Staples on Denard Transitioning to WR

Submitted by Marley Nowell on January 23rd, 2013 at 11:53 PM…


Robinson and his advisors have selected receiver, the position at which Kentucky's Randall Cobb and Indiana's Antwaan Randle El -- two ex-quarterbacks -- have thrived in the NFL. (Cobb also played some receiver at Kentucky.) But a wise deployment for Robinson might be more similar to the way the Vikings use Percy Harvin. Harvin can line up as a receiver, but he can also line up in the backfield. (He did this at Florida as well.) Robinson, whose elusiveness is similar to Harvin's, would work well in that role.

OT: NFL Draft for your team/players

OT: NFL Draft for your team/players

Submitted by JeepinBen on January 10th, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Slow morning here on the board so a topic I thought would be interesting. Who's your NFL team and who do you want them to draft?

Also, the other side, which team would be an ideal landing spot for your favorite College players?

As a Bears fan, I don't have a favorite, but they better get at least 2 OL in the draft and another UDFA or 3. I'd be surprised if Fisher is there at 20, but I wouldn't mind them taking the OG Cooper.  As I see it we've got a center, a guard, and possibly a RT if he can stay healthy. If Lewan had gone, I'd have loved to see him in blue and orange. The other position of need is at LB. If Urlacher comes back, it won't be for long and Briggs is getting old too.  

In terms of favorite players, it'd be the rich getting richer, but I think the Pats should draft Denard. BB has been a very creative offensive mind (know anyone else who would hand off to a TE like he does with Hernandez?) and the last few M players to head there have flourished. I think the blueprint for how to use Denard is there with how Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb have been used... maybe the Steelers? They've had quite a few college-qbs become solid WRs. I know MGoShoe has been dreaming of a backfield with RGIII and Denard... which would suck for everyone else.

Who's your team? Who would you draft if you were the GM? Where would you like to see your favorite college players land?

Le'Veon Bell is declaring for the NFL draft

Le'Veon Bell is declaring for the NFL draft

Submitted by FabFiver5 on January 3rd, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Le'Veon Bell met with Mark Dantonio and has decided to declare early for the NFL Draft. Article from MLive is here.

"Upset's not a good word to use, but he (Dantonio) was taken aback a little bit. He thought he had a good chance of Le'Veon coming back."

Hopefully his future NFL team will have a better record against the refs than MSU did this year.