This comment ran with a post that’s dropped off the front page at GTP, so you may not have read it, but take a look at this particular observation:
… The numbers would suggest that Richt’s biggest weakness is recruiting real talent that produces in CFB. His Rivals rankings are great, but those kids are not turning into high NFL picks. The NFL draft is the best measure of college football talent (which is all I care about…college football). Based on the 2002-2007 recruiting classes and the 2005-2010 drafts, Georgia ranks 45th in terms of converting Rivals talent into NFL talent. [Emphasis added.] This shows up dramatically when one looks at the fact that Richt took over a team that had over 200 NFL talent points consistently and has yet to get back to 150 with his recruiting.
That’s in spite of having two very high draft picks in 2009.
Now I’m not one who measures the success of a college program by the number of players who get selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft, but I’m also not naïve enough to think that has no relevancy on the recruiting trail.
Here’s the list of UGA players now on NFL rosters. See how many defensive players on that list you can find who’ve been taken in the first or second rounds of a recent NFL draft. (Hint: that hasn’t been one of Martinez’ strong suits.)
And it’s not like there aren’t plenty of in state kids to get ready for the next level.
… Fifteen players drafted by NFL teams this year played high school football in Georgia. Only Florida with 34 and Texas with 26 had more.
On a per-capita basis, Georgia ranked fourth in producing NFL players behind only Hawaii, Louisiana and Florida, according to USA Football. The state produces one NFL player per 545,764 people.
Dream Team talk aside, perhaps one reason Richt’s been hitting the recruits harder than ever this year is that he’s got something new and credible to sell to them.