Now that the 2015 NFL Draft is well in the books and the season has started, the logical next step would be to critique it. However, it’s not that simple. Until the players get out on the field and show what they can do, every interpretation and analysis is fairly subjective. And therein lies the problem.
It’s easy to look at each organization and see if it managed to fill a need with its draft selections. But at this moment in time, the pundits are basing everything off scouting reports, game film, and other research. There’s no telling if a player who received a low grade prior to the draft will turn out to be a rockstar at the next level.
One team’s pick right now might appear absurd, but in three years, that same player could be an absolute difference maker. Most people believe that when it comes to this year’s draft, nothing is completely definitive. Well, that’s not entirely true. We do know which college programs were the most productive. All we have to do is look at the Draftpoints.
The information behind this analysis was provided by SB Nation. Draftpoints are determined by assigning a value to each spot in the draft. In this case, the No. 1 pick was worth 250, followed by 249 for the second pick, 248 for the third, and so on and so forth. Since the NFL draft had 256 total picks, every position after No. 250 was given one single point. Once the totals of each school’s players are added up, you can then see which program produced the most talent.
This assessment will in no way determine how productive a player will be once he gets into the league. It’s merely a tool for determining which teams produce the most valuable players as they enter the NFL. Like anything else in sports, some teams managed to outshine the opposition.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the five most dominant college football programs in the 2015 NFL Draft.
5. Stanford Cardinal
- Draftpoints: 1,011
- Total picks: 6
This was a big year for the Stanford Cardinal football program. All in all, six players from the university heard their names called during the 2015 NFL Draft. Offensive lineman Andrus Peat was the first member of the team selected — he went No. 13 overall to the New Orleans Saints. Following that selection, Stanford didn’t have another player picked until the end of the second round, when safety Jordan Richards was selected by the New England Patriots.
After that selection, the Cardinal had three players taken in the third round and one chosen in the fifth. With all Stanford players selected within the first 151 picks, including five taken in the first three rounds, this Pac-12 powerhouse was able to accumulate 1,011 Draftpoints.
4. Florida Gators
- Draftpoints: 1,036
- Total picks: 8
With eight players from the program being selected, the Florida Gators were well represented in the 2015 NFL Draft. Defensive lineman Dante Fowler Jr. was the prized selection from this season’s squad. He was taken third overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he wasn’t the only Florida player selected in the first round.
The Arizona Cardinals looked to improve in the trenches, so they took offensive lineman D.J. Humphries with the 24th overall pick. These two selections carried the bulk of the Gators’ total Draftpoints. However, with six other players selected before the end of the draft, including two picked in the third round, Florida’s 1,036 Draftpoints showcased the immense worth of this heralded program.
3. Louisville Cardinals
- Draftpoints: 1,109
- Total picks: 10
The Louisville Cardinals provided a massive haul this year, as a school-record 10 players were taken in the 2015 NFL Draft. The top player taken out of this program was wide receiver DeVante Parker, who found himself a member of the Miami Dolphins after they chose him No. 14 overall. Aside from Parker, the Louisville team also saw three other members taken during the first two rounds.
You would think that with this many players selected, the Cardinals might be higher up on the list. However, the remaining six Cardinals were taken during or after the fourth round — including “Mr. Irrelevant” Gerald Christian taken as the final pick in the draft (No. 256). Still, managing to rack up 1,109 Draftpoints should help the Louisville Cardinals continue bring in prized recruits.
2. Miami Hurricanes
- Draftpoints: 1,186
- Total picks: 7
The Miami Hurricanes only had seven players taken in the 2015 NFL Draft. However, due to the position with which these players were selected, the program accumulated an impressive 1,186 Draftpoints. Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers was the first Hurricane taken off the board, when the New York Giants took the guard at No. 10. Speedy wide receiver Phillip Dorsett went on join his teammate as a first-round pick; he was chosen by the Indianapolis Colts at No. 29.
Following those two big-name players, Miami would have one player taken in the second round and two others selected in the third. If this program continues to produce quality players at this rate, it would be hard to believe that they won’t be returning to college football dominance in the near future.
1. Florida State Seminoles
- Draftpoints: 1,714
- Total picks: 11
With 11 players selected in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Florida State Seminoles proved to be the most productive program in college football. Not only did they have the highest number of players selected, but a lot of them ended up being early round picks. Of course, former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was at the head of the pack, going No. 1 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Seminoles then saw one more player picked in the first round — Cam Erving at No. 19 to Cleveland — three taken in the second round, and one more chosen in the third. If you’re looking for a symbolic representation of sheer dominance, we suggest giving it up to the tomahawk chop.
To see SB Nation’s complete 2015 NFL Draft, ranked by Draftpoints, click here.
All player information is courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.