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The NFL Production line

We have all heard the hyperbole of a University or College getting dubbed QBU or RBU if they produce talent at that position over and over again, but how do we quantify it? How can we confirm or deny whether a team is the best producer of talent? In the past it has just been a hunch, a couple of good products and all of a sudden, you are officially known as DBU. Well I think I may have found a way to work it out.

Okay, so far the most part a College is judged on the talent it produces, throughout the years, and then if they are lucky they receive the fabled moniker. Who though actually deserves the title? Now I am basing my findings purely on College, this has absolutely nothing to do with their professional career. Players like Trent Richardson and JaMarcus Russell while bad in the big leagues, were elite in the College game and that actually brings me on to my method of establishing who has earned the nickname.

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I think I may have built this up as if it is some revelation, when actually it is just noting down all the First Round picks in the NFL Draft since 2000, where they played and position they played at, to crown the University producing the most talent from each position. I used First Round picks as they are supposed to be the best, and while players like Tom Brady are missed off this list, coming out of College he turned zero heads.

Quarterback University (QBU)

Winner – USC Trojans

The winner of QBU is the University of Southern California with 4 First Round picks in the last 20 years. Drafted in the First Round for them were Carson Palmer, Matt Leinhart, Mark Sanchez and Sam Darnold. All 4 of these players were top 10 picks, therefore it makes sense that USC would receive the title of QBU.

Running Back University (RBU)

Winner – Alabama Crimson Tide

Without question in recent year’s, Alabama Crimson Tide has absolutely dominated College football. They have not been alone atop the mountain, however when others reach they peak, Alabama is always waiting for them. Giving them the title here with 4 First Round picks is Shaun Alexander, Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Josh Jacobs with the likely addition of Najee Harris in 2021.

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Wide Receiver University (WRU)

Winner – Alabama Crimson Tide

Do not worry, this is becoming a theme. When you are consistently the best, that would pretty much suggest your players are going to the NFL. Importantly for Alabama and the bragging rights here, is the players picked went in the First Round. With 5 selections to their name, Alabama it seems akin to College football, are collecting titles. Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, Calvin Ridley, Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy are here to represent the Crimson Tide, with DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle highly likely to continue the trend.

Tight end University (TEU)

Winner – Miami Hurricanes

South Florida is getting in on the action here, taking the crown as Tight End University. With such a historic programme a natural decline would be inevitable, and although the Miami Hurricanes are still competitive ever year they are not longer the team to beat. If I made this list in the 80s they would appear more, however they manage to hold onto TEU with 5 selections. Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow II, Greg Olsen and David Njoku.

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Offensive Line University (OLU)

Winner – Alabama Crimson Tide

Okay, so it is the last one I promise, then again it is not hard to understand why they have three crowns atop their destructive heads. Coach Nick Saban is a pure winner and his teams are consistent in their dominance. Adding all the O Line together made sense here and it gives Alabama 8 players. Chris Samuels, Andre Smith, James Carpenter, Chance Warmack, D.J Fluker, Ryan Kelly, Jonah Williams and Jedrick Wills. With the potential of Alex Leatherwood and Landon Dickerson to join that list this year.

Defensive End University (DEU)

Winner – Ohio State Buckeyes

Onto the Defensive side of the ball and the mean streets of Ohio. The Buckeyes have always had strong showings in the NFL Draft especially when it comes to Defensive players and I have a feeling this is not the only entrance they may get on this list. Giving them the win with 6 Defensive Ends are Will Smith, Vernon Gholston, Cameron Heyward, Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa and Chase Young.

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Defensive Line University (DLU)

Winner – Tennessee Volunteers

The big mean men up front hail from all over College football, but the best of the best Volunteer their services from Tennessee University. Hard nosed football is the name of the game and helping to keep the magic alive are 4 players. John Henderson, Albert Haynesworth, Justin Harrell and Dan Williams.

Linebacker University (LBU)

Winner – Georgia Bulldogs

A surprise loss in the stakes for Running Back University, the Bulldogs will be extremely unhappy about this. They can take solace in the fact that they still have the honour of representing College football as Linebacker University however with 6 representatives to shoulder the responsibility. Alec Ogletree, Jarvis Jones, Leonard Floyd, Roquan Smith, David Pollack and Charles Grant.

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Defensive Back University (DBU)

Winner – Ohio State Buckeyes

The Second win for the Buckeyes is the title with the most athletes involved. Ohio State’s only real rival was Miami and even then it was not particularly close. Cornerbacks, Free and Strong Safeties make up the list and they won with a massive 13 members of DBU. Ahmed Plummer, Nate Clements, Chris Gamble, Donte Whitner, Malcolm Jenkins, Bradley Roby, Eli Apple, Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker, Gareon Conley, Denzel Ward, Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette.

Kicker University (KU)

Winner – Florida State Seminoles

I mean, did you seriously think I would leave out the almightly Seabass? Sebastian Janikowski, selected 17th overall in the 2000 Draft. The only Kicker selected in the First Round in the last 20 Drafts, and only the 3rd all time. This give Florida State the rather unfortunate nickname that no team probably wanted.

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With these rankings, of course they are completely subjective, with a few teams getting the new nicknames every few years. The problem is you cannot measure it based on opinion. Not only is my method right, but it is fool proof and therefore the awards have been given.

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