Notre Dame/FBS Independents: Ten Year NFL Draft Case Study


Below, not only do we see how many total players were drafted from each school, but also how many players were out of the league by the 2011 season. If a player even participated in training camp in 2011, he was counted as being in the league.

For each team, the first number you see is players out of the league by 2011, then the total number of players drafted. Under, I broke down the players out of the league by round drafted.

In total, there are 16 players drafted from the Independent no longer in the league. 31/98 players drafted gives a 35.6% percent no longer in the league.

It’s not the best way to determine a “bust” rate, because we’re looking at a nine season span here, but it does tell which schools/conferences have the most long standing players.

*Army: 0/1 = 0%

**BYU: 0/0 = 0%

Navy: 0/0 = 0%

Notre Dame: 12/39 = 30.8%
-2 2nd
-1 4th
-3 5th
-5 6th
-1 7th

***South Florida: 3/3 = 100%
-1 2nd
-1 4th
-1 7th

****Temple: 0/0 = 0%

*****Troy State: 1/2 = 50%
-1 7th

*****UConn: 0/0 = 0%

***Utah State: 0/1 = 0%

*Army became Independent for the 2005 season.
**BYU became Independent for the 2011 season.
***South Florida and Utah State were Independent for the 2002 season only.
****Temple was Independent in 2005 and 2006.
*****Troy State and UConn were Independent in 2002 and 2003.

Total Independent All Pro/Pro Bowl appearances: 9


YEAR BY YEAR BREAKDOWN: A full breakdown of the last ten drafts from a ND/Independent perspective. (Page 2)

POSITIONAL BREAKDOWN: Which positions from ND/Independent schools get picked early? (Page 3)

SUCCESS/BUST BREAKDOWN: Which schools produce the most busts? (Page 4)

NCAA SCHOOL BREAKDOWN: Which schools perennially produce the top prospects? (Page 5)

NFL TEAM BREAKDOWN: Which NFL Teams like prospects from ND/Independent schools? (Page 6)



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