One thing Phil Steele tracks in his annual college football preview magazine is the amount of talent every program loses to the NFL draft.
… Basically I assign a point total for players selected in the different rounds of the draft and here is what the numbers have totaled.
Over the last 12 years teams that earned more points than the previous year and accumulated….
12 or more points – Weaker or same record 164 of 216 (75.9%)
24 or more points – Weaker or same record 47 of 55 (85.4%)
35 or more points – Weaker record 13 of 15 (86.7%)
We’ll have to wait another month or so for his 2018 assessment, but in the meantime, here’s Chase Stuart’s compilation of 2018 NFL Draft value by program.
You will not be surprised to learn that Alabama, Ohio State, and Georgia were the three schools that dominated the 2018 NFL Draft. Players from the Crimson Tide were taken using draft slots worth 83.9 points of value, the most of any school; second was Ohio State with 70.4 points of value, followed by Georgia (68.7)…
So, top three, with a bullet. Not sure how many of Steele’s draft points that translates into, but I’ll just point out that Georgia ranked second on Steele’s 2009 list and I think we all recall how that year went. The good thing is that the 2018 roster is far deeper than that 2009 team’s was. We’re about to find out if Smart’s got things to the reloading, not rebuilding stage in Athens.