The time referenced there is the five-year period between the 2011 and 2015 classes. The metric used is this:
It’s a measure that takes into account the total number of Top247 prospects a program signed along with where/if those players were drafted (3 points for 1st rounders, 2 points for 2nd-3rd, 1 for 4th-7th), dividing the total number of prospects by the point total to create the rating. This removes any advantage created by a program’s ability to recruit an overwhelming number of Top247 players. It also rewards programs that produce more first- and second-day picks, removing a “quantity over quality” argument. We also limited this list to teams that recruited at least 10 Top247 players from 2011 to 2015.
To more accurately represent how a program develops players, 247Sports removed four categories of prospects from the data:
- Players who were dismissed.
- Players who didn’t qualify.
- Players who medically retired.
- Players who transferred after two or fewer seasons on campus. If a player stayed three years and transferred, they count against a team’s ‘not drafted’ tab. If a player transferred and was drafted elsewhere, they count for the team to which they transferred.
So, we’re looking at the end of the Richt era. As you can see, Georgia finished twelfth on the list, which seems in character for the time — not bad, but not great. Four SEC teams are ranked higher.
Georgia checks in with a rating of .78. None of these players were recruited by Kirby Smart, and I’d expect to see an uptick in Georgia’s score over the next few years. However, it is interesting that both Florida (39) and Miami (33) have both produced more total draft picks than the Bulldogs (31) since the start of the CFB Playoff era.
Maybe it’s a case of Georgia closing the gap with Florida.