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1st Round Draft Pick Stats 2000-2010

I always wondered if draft position mattered in the NFL. We all know that the worst team chooses #1 so the possibilities of getting the best player is in your favor. However, the choices that you make could make or break your job. So what I did was took all first round draft picks and look at the amount of games they started. I picked games started because we draft in the 1st round to get starters on the team. What I found was pretty interesting.

You don't have to have the #1 draft choice. The #3 and #5 picks have started nearly 70% of their games which is 5% higher than any other pick. If you are in the middle of the draft #17,#19, and #21 are sweet spots with 55%-56% of the draftees starting their games. And in the back of the round, your best option is #29 with 53% starting their respective games. Oh and for the #7 pick, the draftees started 61.5% of the games. The only two people who didn't start more than half the games were Bryon Leftwich and Troy Williamson.

Though I did not look deeper into these things, I noticed a few items. For starters, I noticed almost half of the first round running backs failed to start even half their games. Whether they were in a tandem, got injured, or withered away, I didn't check. I did notice that most Guards and Centers taken in the first round, were starters for that respective team and staying in a starting role for most of their careers. Tackles, Wide Receivers, D-line, 3-4 Linebackers and Quarterbacks were some of the biggest fails for the amount of starts they possessed. Corners, Guards, Centers, and 4-3 Linebackers were all very good starters. So although it might not be a pretty pick, they are the safest bet.

Here is a chart of the data:

Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 % of Starts
Pick #1 60 109 79 137 151 90 114 25 89 61 49 60.86%
Pick #2 72 155 184 9 103 74 86 101 84 26 62 60.35%
Pick #3 141 137 76 154 155 83 50 112 94 55 51 69.95%
Pick #4 60 201 56 90 128 71 128 29 51 39 55 57.32%
Pick #5 126 155 162 159 53 58 123 79 78 62 48 69.63%
Pick #6 91 157 55 16 83 60 125 91 5 50 45 49.12%
Pick #7 125 148 162 50 93 24 94 96 70 64 48 61.49%
Pick #8 138 30 110 167 143 123 113 48 32 73 38 64.08%
Pick #9 180 70 125 171 53 116 85 40 47 63 31 61.93%
Pick #10 70 0 97 149 128 30 18 59 79 61 64 47.66%
Pick #11 28 59 147 125 142 140 104 106 46 1 64 60.73%
Pick #12 166 65 9 31 106 59 121 103 82 44 46 52.53%
Pick #13 157 129 60 93 104 84 111 58 20 64 12 56.31%
Pick #14 98 73 129 4 91 84 90 95 54 63 64 53.35%
Pick #15 85 62 92 0 56 124 25 78 83 56 33 43.81%
Pick #16 147 135 30 130 57 38 23 2 75 9 40 43.31%
Pick #17 112 169 81 64 119 6 111 2 87 60 60 54.99%
Pick #18 81 191 14 125 120 12 10 86 96 27 46 51.01%
Pick #19 96 165 59 47 107 75 102 103 29 57 41 55.62%
Pick #20 56 76 46 57 47 90 125 52 63 68 58 46.59%
Pick #21 14 168 117 124 148 15 17 93 61 80 52 56.12%
Pick #22 13 130 104 47 33 65 96 20 25 43 39 38.83%
Pick #23 9 76 73 85 16 58 99 97 63 80 33 43.50%
Pick #24 68 2 169 118 131 87 102 58 93 29 45 56.94%
Pick #25 149 17 106 17 28 79 89 82 63 62 16 44.70%
Pick #26 6 12 80 55 9 90 1 67 90 66 31 32.01%
Pick #27 132 50 19 55 90 119 76 33 49 20 61 44.44%
Pick #28 67 32 41 12 117 79 107 98 24 63 25 41.98%
Pick #29 2 172 95 139 79 32 126 102 11 59 28 53.35%
Pick #30 138 182 83 32 49 136 60 2 48 30 15 48.93%
Pick #31 13 131 50 131 0 100 45 84 23 8 36.93%
Pick #32 24 93 94 130 71 12 42 46 27 34.03%
Games Played 224 208 192 176 160 144 128 112 96 80 64 1584.00

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