I think most of us are willing to put more trust and confidence into PJ's recruiting since we've seen it translate to results on the field, even if the rankings aren't dramatically higher.Since I am data driven, I cannot understand the love for PJ's amazing recruiting when it's literally on par to the recruiting success of previous staff. I'm comparing PJ and staff to the previous staff because we were told that he was hired to increase the quality of recruiting. I don't see it yet. Prove me wrong and I'll give you all the credit in the world. It's a head scratcher to me. I'm not debating development as that is a whole different conversation and data set. I'm looking at recruiting at MN and comparing apples to apples.
Here are all the players drafted since 2014 (no players drafted between 2010-2014). From Mafe to St. Juste and then just Williamson are PJ's recruits (7). The rest are the previous staff's recruits (12), except for Hageman and Vereen who were Brew's recruits. This data is on MN's football webpage.
2022 Boye Mafe LB 2nd (40th) Seattle Daniel Faalele OL 4th (110th) Baltimore Esezi Otomewo DL 5th (165th) Minnesota Ko Kieft TE 7th (218th) Tampa Bay 2021 Rashod Bateman WR 1st (27th) Baltimore Benjamin St-Juste DB 3rd (74th) Washington 2020 Antoine Winfield Jr. DB 2nd (45th) Tampa Bay Tyler Johnson WR 5th (161st) Tampa Bay Kamal Martin LB 5th (175th) Green Bay Carter Coughlin LB 7th (218th) New York Giants Chris Williamson DB 7th (247th) New York Giants 2019 Blake Cashman LB 5th (157th) New York Jets 2017 Jalen Myrick DB 7th (222nd) Jacksonville 2016 Eric Murray DB 4th (106th) Kansas City De'Vondre Campbell LB 4th (115th) Atlanta 2015 Maxx Williams TE 2nd (55th) Baltimore Damien Wilson LB 4th (127th) Dallas David Cobb RB 5th (138th) Tennessee Cedric Thompson S 5th (150th) Miami 2014 Ra'Shede Hageman DT 2nd (37th) Atlanta Brock Vereen S 4th (131st) Chicago