By The Numbers: Miami, USC still the "football factories" for the NFL

Jeff Gross

Ever get into a bar argument over who the best colleges are for NFL prospects? Well here is some ammunition.

The 2013 NFL Draft is just two weeks away and clearly there will be prospects from across the country entering the ranks of the league. There has been a ton of talk about the droves of talent that LSU and Georgia are set to unleash in this year's class, so one might think they are the true "player factories" of NFL. But really, are they?

Over the last 15 years, it seems like several teams have earned the title, with Miami, Florida and Alabama having tons of successful draft picks. Other schools like California, Ohio State and Florida State have had similar success. USC and Michigan among those groups as well. So in order to determine who the "football factories" are currently in the league, BGN decided to do a bit of research (Editorial Note: while watching several Workaholics episodes) and found that LSU and Georgia could climb in the lead after this draft, but are currently lagging to some former powerhouses.

Of all 11 major football schools graphed, Miami (45 players) is still tops due to their success in the early 2000's. USC is just a hair behind with 42 players currently in the league. In third place, Ohio Stateand Texas have kept pace at 38 per university. Of the NFL teams collecting players, only the Eagles (Update: They did until they cut Ron Johnson of USC along with 3 other players you have never heard of today) and Steelers had current players who went to all 11 schools selected for research.

Clearly, every team has a different college program that they favor. During the Andy Reid Era, the Eagles seemingly collected Georgia players (Reggie Brown, Max-Jean Gilles, Sean Jones, Will Witherspoon, Chris Cleamons, Brandon Boykin, etc.). New England has recently taken a liking to Florida players (Brandon Spikes, Aaron Hernandez, Chad Jackson, Fred Taylor, etc.). The Ravens like guys from Miami (Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Willis McGahee, Bryant McKinnie, etc.). These players are not always drafted by these teams, but unless there is a weird coincidence, they know who they like and from where they like them.

Here is the entire study:

NFL Teams Alabama California USC Miami Florida Texas LSU FSU Ohio State Georgia Michigan
BUF 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 4 0 1 1
MIA 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 2 2 0
NE 2 1 1 2 4 0 1 1 3 0 2
NYJ 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1
BAL 2 0 0 3 1 3 1 0 0 1 1
CIN 2 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 3 6 1
CLE 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 2 0
PIT 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 3 1 2
HOU 1 2 1 5 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
IND 1 0 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 1 0
JAC 0 4 0 0 1 2 1 2 1 1 1
TEN 0 3 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 1 2
DEN 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 0
KC 2 0 0 1 0 2 2 1 0 1 0
OAK 1 1 3 2 0 1 1 2 2 0 0
SD 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 3
DAL 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0
NYG 0 0 4 2 3 2 2 0 2 0 2
PHI 2 2 0 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
WAS 1 1 1 3 2 3 3 0 1 1 0
CHI 0 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 0 1 0
DET 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
GB 0 4 2 1 0 2 0 0 3 0 0
MIN 0 0 4 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 0
ATL 2 2 1 3 1 1 0 2 0 1 0
CAR 0 1 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 2 0
NO 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 2 3 1 0
TB 1 1 1 0 2 0 1 2 0 1 1
ARI 1 2 3 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 1
STL 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 1
SF 0 1 0 1 1 3 1 1 2 1 2
SEA 1 2 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 29 37 42 45 28 38 37 31 38 35 22
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