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NFL Draft: Offensive or defense… first-round choices in the last 10 years

This year’s NFL Draft begins on Thursday. Every team will be looking to fill some spots on their roster with young players… either potential starters or players who can add depth to their team.

Does your team need a playmaker? A defensive specialist? The first round in the draft is always an interesting time when teams try to fill their most immediate need. Some teams, however, seem to have a pattern in how they select that first-round player. Case in point: Since 2007, the New York Jets have made 12 first-round selections, 10 defensive players and only two offensive players. That +8 is the biggest discrepancy of any of the 32 NFL teams.

Let’s look at the last 10 years and see which side of the ball each team has focused on in the first round. There have been 318 players chosen in the first round over the last 10 drafts. A total of 163 of those players (51%) were defensive players while 155 (49%) were offensive players. During that 10-year period, 14 NFL teams have chosen more defensive players than offensive, while there were 12 teams that have chosen more offensive players in the first round than defensive players. Six teams chose the same number of offensive players and defensive players in the first round over the past 10 NFL drafts.

Here’s the breakdown of each team over the last 10 drafts when they have made their first-round selection.

More offensive players than defensive players
Baltimore +2 (5 offensive, 3 defensive)
Chicago +2 (5 and 3)
Cincinnati +1 (6 and 5)
Cleveland +3 (8 and 5)
Dallas +2 (6 and 4)
Detroit +6 (9 and 3)
Indianapolis +4 (6 and 2)
Miami +4 (7 and 3)
Minnesota +2 (7 and 5)
Philadelphia +2 (5 and 3)
Tennessee +6 (8 and 2)
Washington +1 (4 and 3)

More defensive players than offensive players
Atlanta +2 (6 defensive players, 4 offensive players)
Carolina +1 (5 and 4)
Denver +1 (6 and 5)
Green Bay +6 (8 and 2)
Houston +4 (7 and 3)
Kansas City +2 (6 and 4)
New England +6 (7 and 1)
New Orleans +3 (7 and 4)
New York Jets +8 (10 and 2)
Pittsburgh +4 (7 and 3)
San Diego +2 (6 and 4)
San Francisco +1 (7 and 6)
Seattle +1 (4 and 3)
Tampa Bay +2 (6 and 4)

Same number of offensive players and defensive players
Arizona (5 offensive players, 5 defensive players)
Buffalo (5 and 5)
Jacksonville (5 and 5)
Los Angeles Rams (6 and 6)
New York Giants (5 and 5)
Oakland (4 and 4)

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Tapper Tuesdays… NFL Stats: Top 10 picks in the NFL Draft

The NFL off-season is in full swing… the free agent signing period over the last week has brought about a lot of action as players are finding new teams (and teams are finding new players), and although the NFL Draft is a month away, Mock Drafts are a major topic on NFL, and individual team, websites.

The NFL Draft is one way that teams can change their fortunes in a quick way. Let’s look at one element of the drafting process: Which position players are most often chosen within the first 10 picks of the draft? Is it quarterbacks, the high-profile glamour position that certainly gets a lot of attention? Or, is there another position that is the target of those selecting one of the first 10 college players in the first round?

Well, if you said that QBs are the most frequent position chosen in the Top 10 picks of the NFL Draft, you are wrong! QB’s ranked second, but the most frequent position player chosen in the top 10 picks of the NFL Draft over the past seven years are offensive tackles. In the last seven drafts (2010 to 2016) there were 13 offensive tackles chosen with the top 10 picks in the draft.

Here’s a look at how many players were chosen (by position) with the first 10 picks in the last seven NFL drafts.

Offensive Tackles, 13
Quarterbacks, 12
Defensive Backs, 10
Linebackers, 9
Wide Receivers, 8
Defensive Ends, 7
Running Backs, 4
Defensive Tackles, 4
Offensive Guards, 2
Tight Ends, 1
Centers, 0

Based on the Top 10 picks in the NFL Draft since 2010 (a total of 70 selections), there have been 40 offensive players and 30 defensive players.

Note: At least one offensive tackle has been chosen within the first 10 picks in 11 straight drafts, the longest streak of any of the positions. Linebackers are next; there has been at least one linebacker chosen in the first 10 picks in nine straight drafts.

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99 Stats Until Kickoff (#82) From NFL Draft to NFL career stats leader

National Football League Draft

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From May 30 and every day until September 5… the start of the 2013 NFL season… Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ will publish “99 Stats Until Kickoff” a daily dose of NFL stats that will get you ready for the 2013 NFL season.)

With each NFL draft, there is much analysis around which teams will take which players and how will each NFL team fill their specific needs.

Here’s a different look back on previous NFL drafts. To pique your interest, see if you can answer this question: When you look at the Top 10 career lists of most TD passes (quarterbacks) and most rushing yards (running backs), which list has more players who were first-round draft choices?

Following is a look at six career stats and where in the draft the players in the Top 10 were drafted.

Most Career TD Passes (quarterbacks). Of the players in the Top 10, four players were first-round draft picks (Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, John Elway and Vinny Testaverde; all but Marino were the first pick in the draft). Warren Moon, who ranks eighth on the list, was undrafted out of college and played in the Canadian Football League for six years before he signed with the Houston Oilers. John Unitas, who ranks ninth on the list, was drafted in the ninth round of the NFL Draft. The career leader, Brett Favre, was a second-round pick.

Most Career Rushing Yards (running backs). Of the 10 players in the Top 10, nine of them were first-round picks. The only exception was Curtis Martin, who ranks fourth on the list, who was a third-round selection. None of the Top 10, however, was the first selection in the draft. Three of the Top 10, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett and Marshall Faulk were the second pick in the draft. Dorsett was actually the second pick behind another running back, Ricky Bell. The career rushing leader, Emmitt Smith, was the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft.

Most Career receptions (receivers). Six of the Top 10 in this category were selected in the first round (Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez, Marvin Harrison, Tim Brown, Randy Moss and Reggie Wayne). Brown was the highest pick; he was the sixth selection in the 1988 draft. Cris Carter, who is fourth on the list, was a supplemental draft choice. Terrell Owens (No. 6 on the list) was the 89th pick in his draft. Hines Ward (eighth on the list) was the 92nd pick in the 1998 draft. Rice, the category leader, was the 16th choice in the 1985 NFL Draft.

Most Career Interceptions (defensive player). There are four first-round selections in this list: Rod Woodson (third on the list), Ronnie Lott (tied for sixth on the list), Dave Brown (tied for eighth on the list) and Ed Reed (10th on the list). Three players in the Top 10 were undrafted: Emlen Tunnell, Night Train Lane and Emmitt Thomas. Paul Krause, the career leader with 81 interceptions, was a second-round choice. Ken Riley (fifth on the list) was a sixth-round selection; Dick LeBeau (tied for eighth on the list) was a fifth-round pick.

Most sacks (defensive player). Bruce Smith, the category leader, was the first overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft. Other first-round picks in the Top 10 of this stat: Reggie White, Chris Doleman, Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neal. Of the remaining five in the category, John Randle (eighth in sacks) was undrafted. Richard Dent, a Hall of Famer and seventh on this list, was the 203rd player selected in the 1983 draft.

Most career field goals (placekickers). Only six of the Top 10 were even drafted. Of those that were drafted, Jason Hanson, was the highest drafted player; he was a second-round selection of the Detroit Lions in 1992. Morten Anderson, who leads this category, was a fourth-round choice. The four on the list who were not drafted: John Carney, Adam Vinatieri, Nick Lowery and Jan Stenerud.

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From NFL draft to NFL career stats leader

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National Football League Draft

National Football League Draft (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 2012 NFL Draft is less than three days away. Much of the analysis you see on the draft centers around which teams will take which players and how will each NFL team fill their specific needs.

Here’s a different look back on previous NFL drafts. To pique your interest, see if you can answer this question: When you look at the Top 10 career lists of most TD passes (quarterbacks) and most rushing yards (running backs), which list has more players who first-round draft choices?

Following is a look at six career stats and where in the draft the players in the Top 10 were drafted.

Most Career TD Passes (quarterbacks). Of the players in the Top 10, four players were first-round draft picks (Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, John Elway and Vinny Testaverde; all but Marino were the first pick in the draft). Warren Moon, who ranks seventh on the list, was undrafted out of college and played in the Canadian Football League for six years before he signed with the Houston Oilers. John Unitas, who ranks ninth on the list, was drafted in the ninth round of the NFL Draft. The career leader, Brett Favre, was a second-round pick.

Most Career Rushing Yards (running backs). Of the 10 players in the Top 10, nine of them were first-round picks. The only exception was Curtis Martin, who ranks fourth on the list, who was a third-round selection. None of the Top 10, however, was the first selection in the draft. Three of the Top 10, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett and Marshall Faulk were the second pick in the draft. Dorsett was actually the second pick behind another running back, Ricky Bell. The career rushing leader, Emmitt Smith, was the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft.

Most Career receptions (receivers). Half of the Top 10 in this category were selected in the first round (Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez, Marvin Harrison, Tim Brown and Randy Moss). Brown was the highest pick; he was the sixth selection in the 1988 draft. Cris Carter, who is fourth on the list, was a supplemental draft choice. Andre Reed (No. 10 on the list) and Terrell Owens (No. 6 on the list) were the 86th and 89th picks in their respective drafts. Hines Ward (eighth on the list) was the 92nd pick in the 1998 draft. Rice, the category leader, was the 16th choice in the 1985 NFL Draft.

Most Career Interceptions (defensive player). Only three first-round selections in this list: Rod Woodson (third on the list), Ronnie Lott (seventh on the list) and Dave Brown (eighth on the list). Three players in the Top 10 were undrafted: Emlen Tunnell, Night Train Lane and Emmitt Thomas. Paul Krause, the career leader with 81 interceptions, was a second-round choice. Ken Riley (fifth on the list) was a sixth-round selection; Dick LeBeau (ninth on the list) was a fifth-round pick.

Most sacks (defensive player). Bruce Smith, the category leader, was the first overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft. Other first-round picks in the Top 10 of this stat: Reggie White, Chris Doleman, Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neal. Of the remaining five in the category, John Randle (eighth in sacks) was undrafted. Richard Dent, a Hall of Famer and seventh on this list, was the 203rd player selected in the 1983 draft.

Most career field goals (placekickers). Only six of the Top 10 were even drafted. Of those that were drafted, Jason Hanson, was the highest drafted player; he was a second-round selection of the Detroit Lions in 1992. Morten Anderson, who leads this category, was a fourth-round choice. The four on the list who were not drafted: John Carney, Adam Vinatieri, Nick Lowery and Jan Stenerud.

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