NFL Draft: A Measuring Stick For College Programs

Posted by | Apr 16, 2012 | -

By Jeff Legwold, The Denver Post:
First-year Colorado State coach Jim McElwain, who was Alabama’s offensive coordinator on two national championship teams, guides a program that didn’t have a player selected in any of the seven rounds in two of the last four drafts. CSU’s last first-round pick was quarterback Kelly Stouffer, who went sixth overall to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987. Alabama, where McElwain used to coach, is one of the big producers of NFL players. Especially since Nick Saban became the Crimson Tide’s head coach. McElwain said “the whole package” matters to him and to Saban.

“Our responsibility is to develop these guys for the rest of their lives by what we do academically, what we do spiritually, what we do psychologically,” McElwain said. “And if they desire a chance to play in the National Football League, it’s our responsibility to put them in a system that’s going to help them succeed. … The guys at the top of the draft, it doesn’t matter what system they were in. It’s the back end, the later rounds, the (undrafted) free agents. Those guys might be the (best) measure of your developmental skills. Teams see them on film and see how what you do has a chance to translate to the NFL. We want (the players) to go as far as they can in any field they choose, and that includes the NFL.” [More]

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