Likely First-Rounders in This Year’s NFL Draft


Business Insider has aggregated the NFL draft projections of five “experts”: Todd McShay, Mel Kiper, Jr., Rob Rang, Matt Miller, and Steve Palazzolo. What is of interest to me is less who the particular players are than which programs they are playing for. Before listing the individual players, I have aggregated the results by conference. That the SEC accounts for half of the top prospects, that the SEC and Big 10 account for two-thirds of those prospects, and that no program outside of the five major conferences (except for Notre Dame) has produced any of the top prospects, all illustrate the degree to which college football has become increasingly divided between a relatively small number of programs that produce tremendous revenue and all of the rest who seem to be chasing the mirage of such revenue and its associated value in institutional “branding.”

ACC: 4

Clemson 2

Louisville 1


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