May 7, 2007

From the boards: Ranking the draft

With another NFL draft in the books, it's always a good time for to take a barometer on our recruiting rankings.

How did our rankings hold up on draft day? Rivals compared the top 100 draft picks to the Rivals100. We took a look at average star rankings and explored some of high school football's best hotspots in the process.

But poster GBRHusker95 beat us to the punch, at least for the first round, posting this thread on the football recruiting board. In the post GBRHusker95 investigated the recruiting rankings of all the first-round draft picks.

There were some we landed Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch were the Nos. 1 and 2 running backs in the class of 2004 and the first two running backs taken in this draft. And there were some we missed Gaines Adams, Jamaal Anderson and Amobi Okoye were all two- or three-star prospects (though they were ranked at a position different than the one where they were drafted).

In the first round, 22 of 32 picks were four- and five-star recruits coming out of high school, to which GBRHusker95 said, "Rivals hit the nail on the head with this draft." editor-in-chief Bobby Burton was pleased with the numbers on draft day as well.

"Whether it's the top 100 or the Rivals250, which includes all of our four- and five-stars, I don't think there is any question we've done very well and provided value to readers with fairly accurate projections of recruiting evaluation," Burton said. "There are literally hundreds of thousands of senior high school football players each year and to whittle that down to 43 of the top 100 looking four years into the future .

"Well, we're certainly doing much, much better than what the 'general' odds would be, and our rankings compared to others are also significantly better as well."

Move it back

Did we miss something? national writer David Fox keeps an eye on message boards acorss the network looking for material for From the Boards, but he can't catch everything. If you see a topic generating great discussion among fans, send it to him at
Other than the NFL Draft, some of the biggest news for college sports fans this week was the men's basketball rules committee approving a measure to move the 3-point line back a foot for the 2008-09 season.

That would move the arc from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 9 inches. The measure still has to be approved by the playing rules oversight committee later this month.

So far, fans seem to be divided on the issue.

"The three line is a lay up right now for good shooters," poster Hokiesnatsboys said. "That close you have big guys pulling up and they don't need to be out there, this is the anti-[Rick] Pitino rule. One foot is a big distance to the non-pure shooters, no difference to shooters."

"I don't see why this would be such a great move," jamaicagator said. "What are we trying to accomplish? Do we want fewer three pointers or what?"

Well put.

Best hits

Every now and then a thread like this one shows up, but they're always worth a look.

Trontheman started this thread on the college football board highlighting great hits. We suggest you take a look at some of the clips linked throughout the thread.

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