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The importance of Northwestern’s recent draft success

Northwestern’s recent success on the football field, culminating in last season’s Big Ten Championship game appearance and Holiday Bowl victory, is certainly something to be celebrated. However, while acknowledging the on-field improvement the Wildcats have undergone, their program-wide upgrade in the minds of NFL talent evaluators is notable as well.

The NFL Draft bears a benchmark for success in college athletics unlike any other. And while the Wildcats will never turn out first rounders like other big-name programs, their recent consistency in both getting players drafted and having unheralded players make a name for themselves bodes extremely well for the future of the program.