Draft catches attention of future recruits

Updated: April 24, 2005, 6:13 PM ET
By Bob Davie | ESPN.com
Drafted players and NFL teams aren't the only ones to reap rewards this weekend. A successful draft can pay dividends for college teams, too. Oklahoma, Auburn, Georgia and Utah are among the programs that will benefit from the 2005 NFL draft.

Let's face it -- programs couldn't buy enough advertising that would deliver the kind of exposure Oklahoma received with its 11 total picks or Auburn grabbed with its four players drafted in the first round. Georgia's four players picked in the first day is huge. Having quarterback Alex Smith taken in the first round raises Utah's profile as a program and as a place that develops quarterbacks.

Bob Davie

College Football
Bob Davie, a veteran college football coach of 25 years, most recently as head coach at the University of Notre Dame, serves as an analyst on college football game telecasts and select studio shows.