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Purdue is the most reliable pipeline for NFL talent

According to an ESPN Insider article (http://insider.espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7854898/purdue-many-sec-schools-produced-lot-talent-recent-nfl-drafts-cfb), Purdue has the most players drafted in Rounds 3 through 7 who've averaged at least eight starts per season in their NFL careers (since '02 draft), even better than a bunch of SEC schools.

What's more impressive is not only that we have the MOST (9) players, but we have the higher hit rate by a mile:

In the past 10 years, only 22 Boilermakers have been drafted in Rounds 3-7, which means more than 40 percent of them have gone on to start eight or more games per season in the NFL. Compare that with LSU (19.5 percent), Georgia (17.1 percent), Florida (18.2 percent) and Tennessee (18.2 percent).

That is despite not having anyone taken in Rounds 3-7 in the last 2 yrs (and unlikely again this year)!

As typical Boilermaker fashion, Rounds 3-7 are the ones who got overlooked, as fans only care about the 1st rd (and at best, 2nd rd). But if you are an NFL GM and wanna find undervalued blue collar players who have good work ethic and constantly over-perform expectation, you now know where to find them.

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