October 23, 2017

Dabo Swinney’s NFL Factory?

Clemson made waves a few weeks ago during the 2016 NFL Draft, as the program had 9 players selected. Nearly a school record and the second-most of any school in the draft, Dabo Swinney continues to prove his ability to develop Clemson football players into top-notch NFL prospects, ready to succeed on Sundays. With increased winning and thus increased recruiting, the amount of NFL talent in Tigertown continues to steadily grow each year. But just how does Swinney stack up against the rest of college football? Following the 9 selections of the 2016 draft, Dabo jumped from 19th to 10th in active college coaches with the most players drafted into the NFL.

Here’s the list of active CFB coaches with most NFL Draft Picks:

10. Dabo Swinney/Mike Riley/Tommy Tuberville – 42

9. Brian Kelly – 44

8. Larry Coker – 48

7. Bill Snyder – 53

6. Kirk Ferentz – 59

5. Urban Meyer – 61

4. Les Miles – 76

3. Bob Stoops – 81

2. Mark Richt – 84

1. Nick Saban – 95

Quite the list of highly respected college football coaches, and making it into the top ten in only his 8th season as Clemson’s head coach(7 full seasons) is an accomplishment in and of itself. However, Swinney has been a head coach at Clemson and only Clemson, unlike several coaches above who have frequented several schools across the country. When taking into account the number of NFL draft picks by each active coach at their current program, Swinney continues to slide towards the front.

Here’s list of active CFB coaches with most NFL Draft Picks at their current school:

8. Jimbo Fisher – 38

7. Gary Patterson – 41

6. Dabo Swinney – 42

5. Bill Snyder – 53

4. Nick Saban – 54

3. Kirk Ferentz – 59

2. Les Miles – 69

1. Bob Stoops – 81

Swinney inches towards the top five in active coaches at current school. With several of those coaches having significant longevity at their respective programs, it was necessary to break it down into average NFL Draft Picks per year for each coach.

Here’s the previous list, but re-ordered to display the average number of NFL Draft Picks each one of those coaches produces each year at their school:

8. Bill Snyder – 2.3/year(23 drafts)

7. Gary Patterson – 2.56/year(16 drafts)

6. Kirk Ferentz – 3.47/year(17 drafts)

5. Bob Stoops – 4.76/year(17 drafts)

4. Dabo Swinney – 5.25(8 drafts)

3. Nick Saban – 6(9 drafts)

2. Les Miles – 6.27(11 drafts)

1. Jimbo Fisher – 6.33(6 drafts)

Viewing this, Swinney has clearly positioned himself into the upper echelon NFL Draft pick producing college football coaches. And with the potential of Clemson matching or surpassing nine draft picks in 2017, his average will only rise. Moving a bit further, below is a list of all Clemson players who have been drafted into the NFL during Swinney’s head coaching tenure. The list includes each player’s current status in the NFL, not including the 2016 draftees who cannot be positively decided one way or another just yet.

  1. 2009 – 4 – 103 – Darell Scott – St. Louis Rams – Not On Roster
  2. 2009 – 5 – 165 – Chris Clemons – Miami Dolphins – On Roster
  3. 2009 – 5 – 166 – Mike Hamlin – Dallas Cowboys – Not On Roster
  4. 2009 – 6 – 195 – James Davis – Cleveland Browns – Not On Roster
  5. 2010 – 1 – 9 – CJ Spiller – Buffalo Bills – On Roster
  6. 2010 – 4 – 108 – Jacoby Ford – Oakland Raiders – Not On Roster
  7. 2010 – 5 – 134 – Ricky Sapp – Philadelphia Eagles – Not On Roster
  8. 2010 – 5 – 164 – Crezdon Butler – Pittsburgh Steelers – On Roster
  9. 2010 – 7 – 240 – Kavell Conner – Indianapolis Colts – Not On Roster
  10. 2011 – 2 – 41 – Jarvis Jenkins – Washington Redskins – On Roster
  11. 2011 – 2 – 50 – Marcus Gilchrist – San Diego Chargers – On Roster
  12. 2011 – 2 – 51 – Da’Quan Bowers – Tampa Bay Bucs – Not On Roster
  13. 2011 – 4 – 122 – Chris Hairson – Buffalo Bills – On Roster
  14. 2011 – 4 – 130 – Jamie Harper – Tennessee Titans – Not On Roster
  15. 2011 – 6 – 173 – Byron Maxwell – Seattle Seahawks – On Roster
  16. 2012 – 2 – 38 – Andre Branch – Jacksonville Jaguars – On Roster
  17. 2012 – 3 – 64 – Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – On Roster
  18. 2012 – 3 – 93 – Brandon Thompson – Cincinnati Bengals – On Roster
  19. 2012 – 4 – 115 – Coty Sensabaugh – Tennessee Titans – On Roster
  20. 2013 – 1 – 27 – DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – On Roster
  21. 2013 – 4 – 127 – Mallaciah Goodman – Atlanta Falcons – On Roster
  22. 2013 – 5 – 143 – Jonathan Meeks – Buffalo Bills – Not On Roster
  23. 2013 – 6 – 187 – Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals – On Roster
  24. 2014 – 1 – 4 – Sammy Watkins – Buffalo Bills – On Roster
  25. 2014 – 3 – 100 – Brandon Thomas – SF 49ers – On Roster
  26. 2014 – 4 – 102 – Bashaud Breeland – Washington Redskins – On Roster
  27. 2014 – 4- 118 – Martavis Bryant – Pittsburgh Steelers – On Roster
  28. 2014 – 6 – 213 – Tajh Boyd – New York Jets – Not On Roster
  29. 2015 – 1 – 8 – Vic Beasley – Atlanta Falcons – On Roster
  30. 2015 – 1 – 31 – Stephone Anthony – New Orleans Saints – On Roster
  31. 2015 – 5 – 137 – Grady Jarrett – Atlanta Falcons – On Roster
  32. 2015 – 5 – 165 – Bradley Pinion – SF 49ers – On Roster
  33. 2015 – 6 – 188 – Tony Steward – Buffalo Bills – Not on Roster
  34. 2016 – 1- 19 – Shaq Lawson – Buffalo Bills
  35. 2016 – 2 – 33 – Kevin Dodd – Tennessee Titans
  36. 2016 – 2 – 54 – Mackensie Alexander – Minnesota Vikings
  37. 2016 – 2 – 57 – TJ Green – Indianapolis Colts
  38. 2016 – 4 – 109 – BJ Goodson – NY Giants
  39. 2016 – 5 – 166 – DJ Reader – Houston Texans
  40. 2016 – 7 – 241 – Charone Peake – NY Jets
  41. 2016 – 7 – 244 – Jayron Kearse – Minnesota Vikings
  42. 2016 – 7 – 247 – Zac Brooks – Seattle Seahawks

Swinney has seen 9 of his players drafted in the first two rounds, with all but one currently on an NFL roster. Providing Dabo with two full years of developmental time as a head coach(2011-2015 drafts), he has had 24 players selected in the NFL Draft and 19(or 79%) of those are still on an NFL roster at this moment. Dabo Swinney has built a consistent winner on and off the field, a conference champion, and a national runner-up. It’s time to add NFL factory to that list.

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