As you may have heard, the NFL Draft is approaching.
And I was actually getting ready to put together a little chart of how UW has stacked up against other Pac-10 schools in recent years come draft day when I saw that Rivals.com had beaten me to the punch, with this story and charts of draftees by conference dating to 2000.
I took the liberty of re-arranging its Pac-10 chart here to show it in order of number of draftees, which helps illustrate why UW has struggled the way it has most of the last decade:
School Draft picks First-rounders Last first-rounder
USC 69 15 2009 (QB Mark Sanchez)
Cal 38 9 2010 (DE Tyson Alualu)
Oregon 37 3 2008 (RB Jonathan Stewart)
Arizona State 35 5 2003 (OLB Terrell Suggs)
Stanford 33 1 2003 (OT Kwame Harris)
Oregon State 29 2 2004 (RB Steven Jackson)
UCLA 28 2 2006 (TE Marcedes Lewis)
Arizona 24 2 2008 (CB Antoine Cason)
Washington 21 2 2004 (WR Reggie Williams)
Washington State 17 1 2003 (CB Marcus Trufant)
Obviously, it’s no surprise UW hasn’t been yielding the number of draftees of late that it did in its ’80s and ’90s heyday — remember when the Huskies had 10 draft picks in 1998 alone? And you can argue forever why — was it bad recruiting, bad coaching and development, or more likely, a combination of both?
What UW fans probably care more about is when that tide will begin to turn. It won’t really be this year, as the Huskies will likely have no more than three players taken and maybe just two — though the first-round drought should end with Jake Locker.
What also stands out looking at that chart is how low UCLA is — hard to figure how a school that should be able every year to reel in one of the top two or three classes in the conference has consistently underachieved the way it has of late; and how high ASU is despite not really having done a lot on the field.
Here also, from that story, is the list of the most draft picks among all schools:
1. Ohio State 73
2. USC 69
3. Miami 67
4. Georgia 61
5. Tennessee 60
6t. Florida 59
6t. Florida State 59
8. LSU 55
9. Virginia Tech 52
10t. Michigan 49
10t. Oklahoma 49
And the most first-rounders:
1. Miami 26
2. Ohio State 16
3. USC 15
4t. Florida State 14
4t. Texas 14
6t. Florida 12
6t. Oklahoma 12
6t. Tennessee 12
9. Georgia 11
10. Penn State 10
Both obviously only reinforce USC’s dominance of the conference the last decade.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Times columnist Jerry Brewer counts more reasons to like Locker.
— The National Football Post rates Mason Foster 30th and Locker 50th in its final Top 100 rating of all potential draftees.
— Here’s more on UW’s new president. And for those wondering if he’s a supporter of football, note the picture on his wall in the right-hand corner. (By the way, the general word I’ve gotten from those in Utah is that he was supportive of athletics but basically hands-off, letting AD Chris Hill pretty much run things. Interestingly, UW has twice tried to lure Hill away, only for Hill to stay and now see his boss come to Seattle, instead.)
— You can see some of Kasen Williams’ impressive spring track numbers here.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller with a good story on ASU LB Vontaze Burfict, who hasn’t done a lot of interviews in the past. Recall that he was benched for the beginning of ASU’s game at UW last fall for the hit the previous week on OSU QB Ryan Katz that’s detailed in the story, and he finished with just two tackles against the Huskies.
— Interesting stuff in The New York Times today on schools attempting to pad numbers in some sports to meet Title IX requirements.
— FootballStudyHall.com has an impressive breakdown of the Oregon-Auburn BCS title game, showing why the Ducks were so successful all year and why they weren’t against the Tigers.
— The Orange County Register says USC’s defense will be wiser, faster and better in 2011.
— The LA Daily News neatly wraps up spring ball for both USC and UCLA.
— One Pac-12 coach on The Big Lead’s list of potential candidates at Ohio State if it gets to that (but no, it’s not Steve Sarkisian).
— Miller with lots more links around the conference.