The NFL Draft features 256 selections every year.
That means in a five-year period, roughly 1,280 college football players will hear their names called on one of the draft days.
In the last five drafts only four of those have represented BYU.
Yeah, that’s right: four.
Percentage-wise, that’s 0.31 percent.
That’s not exactly a glowing number for a program that wants to be considered a national power.
To put it bluntly, the NFL draft has to be considered a disappointing statement on the professional perception of BYU.
If you look at some of the other local schools during the same five years and you find that Utah has had 13 players drafted, Boise State has had 14 players picked and Utah State has had eight players selected.
Some might say the Cougars have ended up with a decent number of guys in the NFL because they have some sign as free agents.
But guess how many BYU players are currently in the league (including Kyle Van Noy who was picked by Detroit on Friday)?
You don’t really want the comparisons, do you? (Here they are anyway: Utah has 25, Boise State has 17 and Utah State has 12).
So why has the Cougar program fallen behind as far as getting players into the professional ranks?
I don't think there is one clear answer, but scroll through the slideshow to see five of the key reasons why BYU isn't an NFL pipeline at this point.