We have spent the last few days examining the performance of BCS Conferences schools in the 2013 NFL Draft with respect to converting high school talent into NFL draft picks (SEC, Big 10, ACC, PAC 12, Big 12, & Big East). In this study, we consider the talent conversion ability of Non-BCS Conferences schools over the last three NFL drafts. We find that the University of Nevada did the best job of converting high school talent into draft picks. It should be noted that Notre Dame finished near the bottom of the list of Non-BCS schools. While the Fighting Irish produced only one more pick than Boise State and two more than Nevada, their recruiting classes were better by leaps and bounds.
The FCS schools are excluded from this study because there is very limited recruiting data available. However, Appalachian State produced six draft picks in the 2011-2013 NFL drafts! It is not surprising that Appalachian State is moving to the FBS.
(*ARP refers to the average recruiting points as given by Rivals.com for recruiting classes represented in the 2011-2013 NFL Drafts)
Mike Lewis & Manish Tripathi, Emory University 2013.