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April 6, 2006

Position U: The best pro pipelines

As part of our NFL Draft coverage, Rivals.com has endeavored to identify which school is the most dominant in the NFL at each position. We're calling the series Position U, and we will award schools at each of 13 positions:

Position U.
Interior O-Line
Boston College
Story
Kicker
Georgia
Story
Linebacker
Miami
Story
Def. End
Nebraska
Story
Tight End
Georgia
Story
Punter
Colorado
Story
Cornerback
Ohio State
Story
Def. Tackle
Georgia/Tenn.
Story
Wide Receiver
Ohio State
Story
Quarterback
Michigan
Story
Safety
Southern Cal
Story
Off. Tackle
Michigan
Story
Running Back
Miami
Story
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What is Position U?
In a way, life is about positioning.

When you start playing sports, people ask you what position you play.

When you reach the working world, people want to know how your business is positioned.

In auto racing, there is the pole position. In politics, there are position papers. If you're in big trouble, you have to assume the position.

But when it comes to which college produces the best NFL players at each position, it's no longer safe to assume anything. Penn State was Linebacker U. No doubt USC was Tailback U.

Notice the use of the past tense. Those schools were king once upon a time. But can the Nittany Lions still lay claim to being LBU? Have the Trojans been surpassed as TBU?

Our criteria was fairly simple: We looked only at current players or players who had retired within the past five years. Sorry, USC, but there is a whole generation of fans who know O.J. Simpson much better for riding in a White Bronco than for running past a Denver Bronco.

We looked at the number of players produced by a school at each given position, the statistics compiled by those players, number of Pro Bowl appearances, number of Super Bowl rings and career longevity.

Some of our choices will surprise you. Some will infuriate you. We just hope you're in a position to read the series and enjoy it.



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