With the NFL draft starting later this week, the Worldwide Leader took a look at the last 15 drafts to try and quantify which colleges produce the best players at the next level. Many of ESPN’s findings confirmed commonly held ideas about which schools translate best into the NFL (Miami TEs are very successful, no one makes better linemen than Wisconsin, etc.) but one ranking that may have caught casual observers off guard is Georgia Tech sitting atop the WR leaderboard. Over the last 15 drafts, no school has had their WR alumni outperform their draft position by a higher margin than the Yellow Jackets, largely thanks to the exploits of Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas. As a whole, Georgia Tech draftees tend to slightly outperform their draft position. Additionally, Yellow Jacket alumni tend to stick around in the League. Only 7 schools have a higher percentage of their draftees still starting after 8 seasons in the NFL.
Turning to the hardwood, Coach Josh Pastner has continued on his quest to fill out the last four spots on the 2017-2018 rosters. While Pastner is still waiting on a handful of high school prospects to make their college decisions, he is also looking hard at some graduate transfers. One such transfer that the Jackets have zeroed in on is Canisius guard Kassius Robertson, who will take an official visit to The Flats in the near future. The second team All-MAAC performer led Canisius in scoring last season, putting up 16.1 ppg while shooting 41.0% from beyond the arc. That kind of shooting presence is something that the Yellow Jackets sorely missed this season. Robertson will also take an official visit to Missouri in the coming weeks.
After picking up a big series win in Blacksburg, the Georgia Tech baseball team returns home tonight for the second game of Clean, Old Fashioned Hate: Baseball Edition. Two weeks ago, the Yellow Jacket bats were silenced by georgia’s pitching staff and Tech left Athens with a 5-1 loss. This time, the Jackets will get the benefit of playing at home in Russ Chandler Stadium in front of a Goldout crowd. Josh Pastner will throw out the first pitch and other members of the 2016-2017 basketball team will be on hand to support the baseball team as they attempt to even up the season series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET. If you can’t make it out, the game will be streamed online through ACC Network Extra.