The University of Florida has been named one of the top schools in the nation at landing its alumni in the NFL draft. Florida is the only institution to have a player taken in every NFL draft in the common era. Additionally, the school has had a player selected in the first round in the past three drafts and nine out of the last 10 years. Programs that place their former players into the professional ranks have an advantage on the recruiting front because of the allure of future returns.
According to The Athletic’s college football staff, Florida has been the 6th best at turning five-star recruits into NFL draft picks, with a 66.7% success rate (12 out of 18). The school’s football program ranks at number four when it comes to turning three-star recruits into NFL draft picks, successfully graduating 21 prospects out of 113 for an 18.6% clip. The Ohio State Buckeyes, LSU Tigers, and Alabama all rank higher than the Gators in that department.
Stanford Cardinals are at the top of the list with an 83.3% success rate in turning five-star recruits into NFL draft picks. The top 10 list for schools that successfully turn four-star recruits into NFL draft picks does not include the Gators. However, three other SEC schools are on that list – Texas A&M Aggies, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Georgia Bulldogs.
In conclusion, Florida has performed well in preparing its athletes for the NFL draft, showing a proven track record of success in turning three-star and five-star recruits into NFL draft picks. Florida’s success helps attract elite recruits to the school’s football program.
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