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Pete Carroll's Draft Factory at USC

Carroll had 56 players drafted into the NFL during his nine-year career at USC.

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Pete Carroll is receiving an honorary degree from USC this weekend and will also be inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame. Now I have no clue what the degree will be but based off of pure speculation, the degree should be a Master's Degree for Producing Talented Players into the NFL.

Pete Carroll's teams at USC were talented. From top to bottom, during his nine years, Carroll's teams were some of the best in school and perhaps college football history. His 2004-05 won a BCS National Championship with an average margin of victory of 25 points including a 55-19 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl while his 2007-08 team that won the Rose Bowl did it all on defense, allowing nine points a game. When their careers at USC were done, Trojan players were already ahead of the curve and ready for the NFL. Let's look some of the eye-popping numbers.

  • 14 First-Round picks
  • Seven First-Round Players taken in the top 10
  • 56 players drafted under Carroll (2001-2009)
  • USC had the most players drafted in the 2006 (11), 2008 (10), and 2009 (11) Drafts.
  • USC had more players drafted than any other school between 2002-11.

Pete Carroll along with his coaching staff deserved a lot of recognition for the products they sent to the NFL. Even though some of them didn't pan out in the NFL, during his nine years at USC, Pete Carroll was consistently producing elite talent into the NFL.