I found this interesting article about how OSU stacks up against other Pac-10 schools in terms of players playing in the NFL and the amount of money spent by teams to retain those players. USA Today did the research.
Talk to any college football coach and he'll tell you that his staff is the best at developing athletes, whether those athletes are blue chips or not. Unfortunately, it's not easy to measure athlete development, other than pointing to All-Conference teams and other post-season accolades.
However, there is another angle that can be applied - one that objectively surveys the opinions of the foremost experts in the sport of football; experts whose job it is to put their money where their mouth is. The USA Today provided the data and we crunched the numbers to determine how much money NFL General Managers invested into Pac-10 athletes in 2009.
OSU ranked second to USC, averaging over $2M per player per year in 2009. If you are considering OSU as a football player hoping to go pro- read this article.