Monday, May 10, 2010
MSU, Iowa, Purdue also in NFL pipeline mix
By ESPN.com staff
March Madness is over, but we're doing our own little bracket here at ESPN.com, as we search for the college program that boasts the best pipeline to the NFL. The top 16 point earners entered the bracket, and three Big Ten programs -- No. 9 Penn State, No. 11 Michigan and No. 12 Ohio State -- all made the cut.
Two other Big Ten programs cracked the Top 25 but fell short of the bracket.
Michigan State comes in at No. 23 with 48 points, boasting nine first-team All-Pro selection, eight second-team All-Pro selections and 31 Pro Bowl appearances for players drafted between 1979-2009. The Spartans' top pros during the time span included kicker Morten Andersen, wide receiver Andre Rison, linebacker Julian Peterson and offensive tackle Flozell Adams.
Iowa is tied with Michigan State at No. 23 in the standings. The Hawkeyes produced 10 first-team All-Pros, 10 second-team All-Pros and 27 Pro Bowl appearances. Iowa's top players during the last three decades included linebacker Andre Tippett, safety Merton Hanks (love the funky chicken dance!), punter Reggie Roby, safety Bob Sanders, defensive end Aaron Kampman and kicker Nate Kaeding.
Purdue finished at No. 26 in the standings with 47 total points. The Boilers are led by former Defensive Player of the Year Rod Woodson and reigning Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees, along with former All-Pro fullback Mike Alstott.