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Which colleges produce the most NFL talent? Part II

Posted by Doug on November 18, 2008

Yesterday I looked at what my algorithm thought were the ten top NCAA programs in terms of producing NFL talent. Today, we'll look at some other teams of interest.

Just missing the top 10 is my alma mater, a school which has had moderate success at various times, but isn't thought of as a football power:

Arizona St.

QB   Jake Plummer          76
RB   John Henry Johnson    57
RB   Gerald Riggs          54
RC   Charley Taylor        82
RC   Jerry Smith           71
RC   John Jefferson        54
RC   Larry Walton          42
T    Marvel Smith          45
T    Levi Jones            34
G    Randall McDaniel     103
G    David Dixon           51
C    Grey Ruegamer         10

DT   Curley Culp           92
DT   Dan Saleaumua         62
DE   Jim Jeffcoat          59
DE   Al Harris             47
ILB  Bob Breunig           65
ILB  Derek Smith           61
OLB  Larry Gordon          51
OLB  Derrick Rodgers       43
CB   Mike Haynes          108
CB   Eric Allen            98
S    Darren Woodson        78
S    David Fulcher         52

Whether you want to call him an end or a linebacker, Terrell Suggs will join the team within a year or two.

This team would likely have a quarterback controversy involving Plummer and Danny White, which is an interesting QB pair. I wasn't quite old enough to understand exactly what public opinion on White was (or maybe I'm too old to remember), but it seems to me like he was something of a Jake Plummer of his day. He had a fair amount of success, but it was always intermixed with disappointing inconsistency and a perceived failure to fulfill his promise.

Moving on...

we see a couple of HBCs with very strong teams:

Grambling St.

QB   Doug Williams         55
RB   Tank Younger          64+
RB   Essex Johnson         44
RC   Charlie Joiner        91
RC   Frank Lewis           60
RC   Jake Reed             53
RC   Sammy White           51
T    Willie Young          55
T    Lane Howell           28
G    Woody Peoples         59
G    Solomon Freelon        5

DT   Buck Buchanan        101
DT   Gary Johnson          71
DE   Willie Davis         107
DE   Billy Newsome         45
ILB  Garland Boyette       48
ILB  Henry Davis           33
CB   Willie Brown         112
CB   Albert Lewis          80
S    Rosey Taylor          78
S    Mike Howell           35

Jackson St.

RB   Walter Payton        127
RB   Rickey Young          51
RC   Jimmy Smith           94
RC   Harold Jackson        90
RC   Rich Caster           70
RC   Jerome Barkum         62
T    Jackie Slater         92
T    Leon Gray             81
G    Emanuel Zanders       34
G    Houston Hoover        32

DT   Robert Hardy          23
DT   Don Reese             23
DE   Verlon Biggs          78
DE   Coy Bacon             77
ILB  Marlo Perry           10
OLB  Robert Brazile        86
OLB  Darion Conner         32
CB   Lem Barney           105
CB   Speedy Duncan         46
S    Vernon Perry          25

The Best Team That You Would Have Never Thought Of In A Million Years Award goes to the San Diego State Aztecs:

San Diego St.

QB   Brian Sipe            74
RB   Marshall Faulk       132
RB   Skeets Quinlan        27
RC   Isaac Curtis          67
RC   Haven Moses           60
RC   Gary Garrison         60
RC   Webster Slaughter     56
T    Ephraim Salaam        54
T    Claudie Minor         52
G    Chester Pitts         33
G    Rich Moran            27
C    Roman Fortin          35

DT   La'Roi Glover         89
DT   Pio Sagapolutele      18
DE   Fred Dryer            88
DE   Jim Wilks             63
ILB  Kirk Morrison         20
ILB  Richard Brown         10
OLB  Mike Douglass         50
OLB  Jeff Staggs           26
CB   Willie Buchanon       69
CB   Joe Lavender          60
S    Robert Griffith       63
S    Will Demps            28

They rank ahead of lots of major college teams, including the likes of Washington, Auburn, and Clemson.

And they've got Kyle Turley, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, and Herman Edwards on the bench!

The lowest ratio of college success to pro success, however you might measure that, has to be Oklahoma, who ranks 36th:

Oklahoma

RB   Greg Pruitt           69
RB   Billy Sims            57
RC   Tommy McDonald        67
RC   Keith Jackson         64
RC   Lance Rentzel         43
RC   Stephen Alexander     33
T    Ralph Neely           94
T    Karl Baldischwiler    42
G    John Watson           19
G    Greg Roberts          17
C    Ken Mendenhall        50

DT   Tony Casillas         59
DT   Derland Moore         55
DE   Lee Roy Selmon        81
DE   Rick Bryan            36
ILB  Jerry Tubbs           45
ILB  Dewey Selmon          38
OLB  Steve Zabel           46
OLB  Joe Bowden            39
CB   Bobby Boyd            91
CB   Darnell Walker        24
S    Roy Williams          57
S    Clendon Thomas        51

Other teams of note...

UCLA badly needs a defensive line and some receivers, but looks very good otherwise:

UCLA

QB   Troy Aikman           96
RB   Freeman McNeil        78
RB   Wendell Tyler         57
RC   Tom Fears             48+
RC   Flipper Anderson      43
RC   J.J. Stokes           40
RC   Drew Bennett          36
T    Jonathan Ogden       101
T    Luis Sharpe           75
G    Randy Cross           76
G    Max Montoya           75
C    Dave Dalby            56

DT   Manu Tuiasosopo       41
DT   John Richardson       31
DE   Kenyon Coleman        14
DE   Mike Chalenski         6
ILB  Donnie Edwards        76
ILB  Jerry Robinson        73
OLB  Ken Norton            81
OLB  Don Shinnick          67
CB   Jimmy Johnson        107
CB   Kermit Alexander      53
S    Carnell Lake          83
S    Kenny Easley          64

Stanford's team certainly has some weaknesses, but would have no trouble moving the ball through the air:

Stanford

QB   John Elway           138
RB   Darrin Nelson         48
RB   Brad Muster           31
RC   James Lofton         101
RC   Gene A. Washington    74
RC   Tony Hill             67
RC   Ed McCaffrey          66
T    Bob Whitfield         71
T    Pat Donovan           62
G    Blaine Nye            49
G    George Buehler        48
C    Chris Dalman          29

DT   Jason Fisk            45
DT   Gary Pettigrew        33
DE   Paul Wiggin           58
DE   Lester Archambeau     37
ILB  Jeff Siemon           72
ILB  David Wyman           36
OLB  Kailee Wong           37
OLB  Jim Merlo             30
CB   Darrien Gordon        43
CB   Benny Barnes          42
S    John Lynch            95
S    Tank Williams         24

Louisville's team lacks an interior offensive line, but has a lot of stars:

Louisville

QB   Johnny Unitas        141
RB   Ernie Green           43
RB   Ron Davenport         16
RC   Mark Clayton          77
RC   Ernest Givins         64
RC   Deion Branch          34
RC   Jamie Asher           18
T    Bruce Armstrong       86
T    Joe Jacoby            83
G    Jason Spitz            9

DT   Ted Washington        90
DT   Ken Kortas            20
DE   Joe Johnson           50
DE   Horace Jones          35
ILB  Eddie Johnson         35
ILB  Steve Reese            5
OLB  Tom Jackson           87
OLB  Doug Buffone          65
CB   Sam Madison           86
CB   Frank Minnifield      64
S    Kerry Rhodes          22

Utah State has a surprisingly good team:

Utah St.

QB   Bill Munson           45
RB   MacArthur Lane        64
RB   Altie Taylor          56
RC   Chris Cooley          28
RC   Kevin Curtis          22
RC   Kevin Alexander        3
T    Len Rohde             64
T    Donald Penn            6
G    Jim Hough             30
G    Rich Tylski           24
C    Mike Connelly         30

DT   Merlin Olsen         139
DT   Greg Kragen           77
DE   Rulon Jones           64
DE   Lionel Aldridge       59
ILB  Al Smith              54
CB   Cornell Green         96
CB   Earsell Mackbee       31
S    Ocie Austin           12
S    Chuck Detwiler         8

San Jose State is also pretty decent:

San Jose St.

QB   Jeff Garcia           82
RB   Charlie Harraway      38
RB   Johnny Johnson        36
RC   Billy Wilson          73
RC   Art Powell            47
RC   Mervyn Fernandez      34
RC   Stacey Bailey         25
T    Ricky Siglar          25
T    Harley Dow             6
G    Jim Cadile            35
G    Leon Donohue          26

DT   Cody Jones            46
DT   Fred Heron            25
DE   Kim Bokamper          51
DE   Mel Tom               34
ILB  Carl Ekern            52
ILB  Tom Louderback        18
OLB  Bill Peterson         15
CB   Louis Wright          95
CB   Gill Byrd             60

Finally, here are teams #11 through #25 (minus ASU (#11), UCLA (#12), and Stanford (#24), who were already shown above):

#12 - LSU

QB   Y.A. Tittle          111+
RB   Jim Taylor            70
RB   Dalton Hilliard       47
RC   Eddie Kennison        69
RC   Eric Martin           66
RC   Billy Cannon          51
RC   Carlos Carson         50
T    Andrew Whitworth      13
T    Willie Williams        4
G    Alan Faneca           80
G    Dan Alexander         60
C    Kevin Mawae           81

DT   Henry Thomas          83
DT   Fred Miller           78
DE   Leonard Marshall      70
DE   George Tarasovic      55
ILB  Eric Hill             53
ILB  A.J. Duhe             51
OLB  Roy Winston           83
OLB  Michael Brooks        57
CB   Eugene Daniel         60
CB   Mike H. Williams      42
S    Johnny Robinson       92
S    Jerry Stovall         52

#14 - Florida

QB   Steve Spurrier        23
RB   Emmitt Smith         128
RB   Fred Taylor           84
RC   Nat Moore             80
RC   Wes Chandler          80
RC   Cris Collinsworth     65
RC   Darrell Jackson       55
T    Lomas Brown           95
T    David W. Williams     45
G    Dan Fike              40
G    Crawford Ker          26
C    Jeff Mitchell         34

DT   Brad Culpepper        42
DT   Gerard Warren         40
DE   Jack Youngblood      122
DE   Kevin Carter          85
ILB  David Little          60
ILB  Mike Peterson         56
OLB  Wilber Marshall       94
OLB  Channing Crowder      16
CB   Bernie Parrish        55
CB   Lito Sheppard         36
S    Louis Oliver          41
S    Jarvis Williams       36

#15 - Florida St.

QB   Brad Johnson          73
RB   Warrick Dunn          91
RB   Edgar Bennett         48
RC   Fred Biletnikoff      85
RC   Laveranues Coles      58
RC   Anquan Boldin         39
RC   Jessie Hester         37
T    Walter Jones          90
T    Ken Lanier            63
G    Del Williams          31
G    Montrae Holland       19
C    Jamie Dukes           36

DT   Corey Simon           47
DT   Darnell Dockett       29
DE   Orpheus Roye          54
DE   Greg Spires           49
ILB  Marvin Jones          52
ILB  Sam Cowart            43
OLB  Derrick Brooks       134
OLB  Peter Boulware        60
CB   Deion Sanders        114
CB   Samari Rolle          60
S    LeRoy Butler          87
S    Walt Sumner           36

#16 - Michigan St.

QB   Earl Morrall          72
RB   Lorenzo White         43
RB   Lynn Chandnois        38
RC   Andre Rison           77
RC   Muhsin Muhammad       73
RC   Derrick Mason         70
RC   Fred Arbanas          66
T    Flozell Adams         65
T    Fran O'Brien          35
G    Joe DeLamielleure     85
G    Ed Budde              77
C    Rich Saul             56

DT   Jim Kanicki           41
DT   Jerry Rush            40
DE   Bubba Smith           69
DE   Bill Quinlan          42
ILB  Archie Matsos         36
ILB  Lemar Marshall        26
OLB  Brad Van Pelt         73
OLB  Carl Banks            66
CB   Herb Adderley        110
CB   Lonnie Sanders        26
S    George Saimes         63
S    Bill Simpson          53

#17 - Alabama

QB   Bart Starr           100
RB   Shaun Alexander       68
RB   Tony Nathan           59
RC   Ozzie Newsome         81
RC   Howard Cross          35
RC   Ken MacAfee           21
RC   Ray Perkins           15
T    Chris Samuels         54
T    Bob Cryder            27
G    John Hannah          105
G    Billy Neighbors       41
C    Dwight Stephenson     71

DT   Bob Baumhower         90
DT   Mike Pitts            52
DE   Marty Lyons           50
DE   Jon Hand              42
ILB  Lee Roy Jordan        94
ILB  Barry Krauss          44
OLB  Derrick Thomas       105
OLB  Cornelius Bennett     88
CB   Mike Washington       45
CB   Russ Craft            40+
S    George Teague         39
S    Sam Shade             31

#18 - Nebraska

QB   Vince Ferragamo       31
RB   Roger Craig           93
RB   Ahman Green           78
RC   Irving Fryar          79
RC   Jamie Williams        29
RC   Junior Miller         26
RC   Tim Smith             22
T    Bob Brown             91
T    Dean Steinkuhler      37
G    Will Shields          95
G    Bob Newton            43
C    Mick Tingelhoff      101

DT   John Parrella         47
DT   Ed Husmann            46
DE   Ron McDole            96
DE   Neil Smith            94
ILB  Monte Johnson         39
ILB  Jay Foreman           29
OLB  Jimmy Williams        47
OLB  Willie Harper         45
CB   Pat Fischer           82
CB   Kent McCloughan       43
S    Mike Minter           55
S    Mike Brown            48

#19 - Purdue

QB   Bob Griese           105
RB   Mike Pruitt           60
RB   Otis Armstrong        53
RC   Pete Brewster         44
RC   Mark Jackson          44
RC   Calvin Williams       32
RC   Darryl Stingley       27
T    Matt Light            59
T    Donnie Green          31
G    Abe Gibron            63+
G    Dick Barwegan         37+
C    Ed Flanagan           64

DT   Dave Butz             83
DT   Joe Krupa             50
DE   Lamar Lundy           57
DE   Leo Sugar             51
ILB  Gregg Bingham         65
ILB  Fred Strickland       46
OLB  Keena Turner          59
OLB  Rosevelt Colvin       37
CB   Rod Woodson          142
CB   Erich Barnes          94
S    Ross Fichtner         41
S    Ken Gorgal            41

#20 - Texas

QB   Bobby Layne          110+
RB   Priest Holmes         82
RB   Earl Campbell         67
RC   George Sauer          51
RC   Pete Lammons          35
RC   Roy E. Williams       29
RC   Ray Poage             26
T    Jerry Sisemore        68
T    Dave Studdard         54
G    Harley Sewell         58
G    Howard Fest           45
C    Mike Baab             48

DT   Steve McMichael      100
DT   Diron Talbert         80
DE   Tony Brackens         49
DE   Carlton Massey        33
ILB  Tommy Nobis           63
ILB  Winfred Tubbs         39
OLB  Bruce Scholtz         45
OLB  Olen Underwood        33
CB   Raymond Clayborn      77
CB   Jerry Gray            57
S    Bobby Dillon          67
S    Tom Landry            59+

#21 - Texas A&M

QB   Ed Hargett            10
RB   John David Crow       58
RB   Johnny Hector         39
RC   Bobby Joe Conrad      55
RC   Dante Hall            28
RC   Gerald Carter         27
RC   Albert Connell        23
T    Richmond Webb        100
T    Cody Risien           64
G    Steve McKinney        42
G    Mo Moorman            36
C    Jerry Fontenot        59

DT   Ray Childress         92
DT   Charlie Krueger       79
DE   Jacob Green           80
DE   Ty Warren             33
ILB  Johnny Holland        44
ILB  Dat Nguyen            37
OLB  Jack Pardee           83
OLB  William Thomas        66
CB   Lester Hayes          72
CB   Aaron Glenn           70
S    Yale Lary            109
S    Dave Elmendorf        71

#22 - Illinois

QB   Jeff George           64
RB   Bill Brown            61
RB   Preston Pearson       56
RC   Bobby Mitchell        65
RC   Ken Dilger            51
RC   Rich Kreitling        31
RC   Brandon Lloyd         14
T    Doug Dieken           78
T    Brad Hopkins          72
G    Revie Sorey           28
G    David Diehl           28
C    Larry McCarren        50

DT   Les Bingaman          63+
DT   Joe Rutgens           50
DE   Simeon Rice           87
DE   Ed O'Bradovich        52
ILB  Ray Nitschke         102
ILB  Dick Butkus           96
OLB  Kevin Hardy           60
OLB  Don Hansen            56
CB   Abe Woodson           66
CB   J.C. Caroline         48
S    Henry Jones           58
S    Stan Wallace          27

#23 - Iowa

QB   Chuck Long            10
RB   Ronnie Harmon         62
RB   Ed Podolak            54
RC   Jim Gibbons           48
RC   Quinn Early           46
RC   Dallas Clark          36
RC   Marv Cook             30
T    John Alt              68
T    Joe Devlin            60
G    John Niland           77
G    Mark Bortz            52
C    Jay Hilgenberg        73

DT   Alex Karras          112
DT   Mike Wells            30
DE   Aaron Kampman         46
DE   Dave Long             24
ILB  Larry Ely              6
OLB  Andre Tippett         90
OLB  Wally Hilgenberg      82
CB   Bob Jeter             56
CB   Bob Smith             30+
S    Paul Krause          126
S    Emlen Tunnell        122+

#25 - California

QB   Craig Morton          79
RB   Chuck Muncie          72
RB   Johnny Olszewski      39
RC   Tony Gonzalez         94
RC   Wesley Walker         72
RC   Sean Dawkins          47
RC   Bobby Shaw            25
T    Tarik Glenn           82
T    Todd Steussie         75
G    Ed White              79
G    John Welbourn         31
C    Jeremy Newberry       39

DT   Jon Baker             26+
DT   Rhett Hall            19
DE   Sherman White         67
DE   Chidi Ahanotu         56
ILB  Hardy Nickerson       98
ILB  Les Richter           67
OLB  Matt Hazeltine        72
OLB  Ken Harvey            65
CB   Deltha O'Neal         44
CB   Nnamdi Asomugha       24
S    Clarence Duren        23
S    Sam Williams          10

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