Commentary

Pipeline: Impact boosts USC to top

The Trojans have produced five elite professionals; Miami has produced one

Updated: May 13, 2010, 10:38 AM ET
By Jeff Dooley | Special to ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesMunoz (foreground) is one of four players with 10 or more AP first- and second-team selections; two of those players attended USC.

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.