28 May 2013
Nobody does a colossal data dump blog post like Chase Stuart, and that is not meant to be criticism. This look at which teams have drafted most often from the same universities is really interesting, although it doesn't necessarily represent the current administrations because the list goes back to even before the merger. What will really jump out at you is how many teams have their "most popular" school as a geographic neighbor. The top school for the Rams is UCLA, while it is USC for the Raiders, Chargers, and 49ers. You get a lot of Steelers from Pitt, Bears from Notre Dame, Browns from Ohio State, Patriots from Boston College and even Vikings from the University of Minnesota. I wonder how much of that comes from the days when the draft was 12 rounds or more, and teams would toss picks at local players in the late rounds. That's definitely the case with the Steelers and the Pitt Panthers, but not really with the Bears and Notre Dame or even the Patriots and B.C., though a lot of those B.C. Patriots picks came high in the AFL draft not NFL draft.
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