Many Syracuse Orange fans have not come to terms with the program’s place in the current college football landscape. We see every year the expectations of recruiting which doesn’t match the realities (or history).
While the Orange might not be able to land top 25 recruiting classes, they also need to find ways to take the players they can land and turn them into professionals. Earlier this week The Athletic looked at which programs do the best job converting recruits to NFL Draft picks.
The data looked at recruits from 2009-2019 and draft results from 2012-2022. We know Syracuse isn’t going to be landing 5-stars in football, but the results showed that the Orange did a poor job in this time period converting 3-star recruits to draft picks. How bad? Well....
The list of schools that Syracuse finds itself linked with probably isn’t a surprise if you follow college football. It’s a list that the Orange would like to leave behind especially with this data point: “the ACC has turned a higher percentage of four- and five-star prospects into draft picks than any other power conference”.
With the potential for Matthew Bergeron, Garrett Williams, Mikel Jones and Sean Tucker to be selected this week, Syracuse’s numbers will rise. Should current players such as Oronde Gadsden II and Marlowe Wax find their way into the 2024/5 Draft, perhaps the Orange will be moving far out of the bottom 10?
Here are the Syracuse players drafted in this timeframe and their 24/7 composite numbers:
Andre Cisco Jaguars - 3 stars
Ifeatu Melifonwu Lions- 3 stars
Alton Robinson Seahawks- 3 stars
Sterling Hofrichter Falcons- 3 stars
Chris Slayton Giants - 3 stars
Zaire Franklin Colts- 3 stars
Riley Dixon Broncos - no stars
Jay Bromley Giants - no stars
Marquis Spruill Falcons - 3 stars
Justin Pugh Giants - 2 stars
Ryan Nassib Giants- 2 stars
Shamarko Thomas Steelers- 2 stars
Chandler Jones Patriots - 2 stars
Andrew Tiller Saints- 3 star
If they can build off this year’s draft success, Syracuse will likely see a boost in recruiting as well as better results on the field. Selling athletes on your program and coaches becomes easier when you have more alums playing in the NFL.