A Look At The Top Producing College's For NFL Players/Rosters

LSU is the top college team when it comes to producing players on the current 2015 NFL rosters. I looked at all the data going into week one of the NFL season. Click here for the comprehensive breakdown of each program and each conference.

http://www.scout.com/nfl/story/1463501-daddy-where-do-nfl-players-come-from It’s pro football season. With week one in the books it’s time to look at who made the league and what college programs produced the most current players on National Football League rosters. For this exercise, I took into consideration all active 53-man rosters. In addition, players that made the practice squad, placed on the injured reserved or on any other list and still property of a franchise were tallied.  I tallied the rosters that were set going into week one of the season.

LSU takes top honors with 44 former Tigers now in the NFL. LSU narrowly edged Alabama (43), Miami (43), USC (42), Florida (41) and Georgia (40). The national champs, Ohio State were next with 39, while Florida State (37), Notre Dame (37), Auburn (35), and Oklahoma (35) round out the top ten.

 

Top 25
1 LSU 44
2T Alabama 43
2T Miami 43
4 USC 42
5 Florida 41
6 Georgia 40
7 Ohio State 39
8T FSU 37
8T Notre Dame 37
10T Auburn 35
10T Oklahoma 35
12T Clemson 34
12T Oregon 34
12T Texas 34
15 Stanford 31
16 Tennessee 30
17 Penn State 29
18T Cal 28
18T Iowa 28
18T Nebraska 28
21T North Carolina 26
21T Texas A&M 26
21T UCLA 26
24 Louisville 25
25 South Carolina 25

 

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

 

SEC (383)

  • The SEC produced the most NFL players, posting a number of 383.
  • Eight of the 14 SEC schools made the overall top 25 – LSU, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, Texas A&M and South Carolina. 
  • The SEC has 75 more players in the NFL than the next league, the ACC.

 

SEC
1 LSU 44
2 Alabama 43
3 Florida 41
4 Georgia 40
5 Auburn 35
6 Tennessee 30
7 Texas A&M 26
8 South Carolina 25
9 Missouri 23
10 Mississippi State 19
11 Arkansas 18
12 Ole Miss 17
13 Kentucky 15
14 Vanderbilt 7

 

ACC (308)

The ACC has always been well represented when it comes to draft time and guys that play on Sunday. What’s surprising is that it’s not Florida State on top but their bitter rival in South Florida, the University of Miami. Goes to show you that it’s not about what happened lately, where FSU has become a national power once again and produced countless players in recent drafts. Miami has underachieved in recent years but had huge success and endless stars that have been in the NFL for some time.

Clemson (34), North Carolina (26) and Louisville (25) are three programs with at least 25 alumni currently playing in the NFL.

ACC
1 Miami 43
2 FSU 37
3 Clemson 34
4 North Carolina 26
5 Louisville 25
6 Virginia 21
7 Georgia Tech 20
8T N.C. State 19
8T Virginia Tech 19
8T Boston College 19
11 Pitt 17
12T Syracuse 10
12T Duke 10
14 Wake Forest 9

 

Big Ten (280)

Another surprise could be the conference at the No. 3 spot. It’s the Big Ten, not the Pac-12. There is a current five player difference between these two leagues. It’s no surprise to see the Buckeyes way out in front. That lead will certainly increase in the coming years with the way Urban Meyer has recruited and developed players in Columbus.  Traditional powers Penn State, Iowa, and Nebraska are well represented.

Big Ten
1 Ohio State 39
2 Penn State 29
3 Iowa 28
4 Nebraska 28
5 Michigan State 24
6T Michigan   22
6T Wisconsin 22
8 Rutgers 19
9 Maryland 16
10 Purdue 14
11 Illinois 13
12T Minnesota 10
12T Northwestern 10
14 Indiana 6

 

Pac 12 (275)

The Trojans are easily the top producing program out West in the Pac-12. The Ducks are next followed by Stanford, Cal and UCLA. Seeing the Pac-12 at this spot was surprising, especially considering California is the feeder state for this conference while California is the top producing NFL state in terms of where the pros played their high school football.

Pac-12
1 USC 42
2 Oregon 34
3 Stanford 31
4 Cal 28
5 UCLA 26
6 Utah 24
7 Oregon State 21
8 Washington 21
9 Arizona State 18
10 Colorado 11
11 Arizona  10
12 Washington State 9

 

Big 12 (170)

Oklahoma edged out rival Texas for the top spot in the Big 12. This conference only has 10 teams compared to the other larger leagues. Certainly losing Nebraska and Texas A&M hurt their NFL numbers.

Big 12
1 Oklahoma 35
2 Texas 34
3 West Virginia 20
4 Oklahoma State 16
5 TCU 15
6 Kansas State 14
7 Baylor 11
7 Kansas  11
9 Texas Tech 9
10 Iowa State 7

 

Other Conferences

Here's a look at some of the better NFL producing non-Power Five schools  UConn leads the way with 19 players. Meanwhile, four NFL players didn't attend college at all.

Non-Power 5
1 UConn 19
2 UCF 18
3 Fresno State 17
4 Boise State 15
5 Cincinnati 14
6T Central Michigan 11
6T Louisiana Tech 11
6T SMU 11
6T Southern Miss 11
10T Toledo 10
10T USF 10
10T BYU 10
10T Montana 10
10T San Diego State 10
15T Rice 9
15T San Jose State 9
17T Delarware 8
17T Colorado State 8
17T Northern Illinois 8
17T Tulane 8
17T Utah State 8
No College 4

 

http://www.scout.com/nfl/story/1463501-daddy-where-do-nfl-players-come-from Here's a link to my special report from last fall. It's a complete and indepth breakdown of where NFL players are from.


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