Pipeline: Impact boosts USC to top
The Trojans have produced five elite professionals; Miami has produced one
Based on raw numbers alone, the Miami Hurricanes were a logical choice as the pre-eminent college-to-NFL pipeline (something Insider discussed yesterday). The Hurricanes nearly lapped the field with 39 pipeline-eligible players (guys with at least one Pro Bowl appearance, AP first- or second-team honors, offensive or defensive player of the year award, or MVP trophy on their résumés). The second-place USC Trojans had only 25.
But when you examine the impact of players, you realize USC might have made a better choice. All pipelines, apparently, are not created equal.
ACC vs. Pac-10! Let's get it on! In all seriousness, though, this is a fairly compelling argument, because unless you consider Edge or Jeremy Shockey to be a truly elite professional, well, USC might be the real winner here. For the argument, you must be an ESPN Insider.