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Draft Capital Used By Position: DL

Regular readers know all about the Football Perspective Draft Value Chart, which is derived from the approximate value actually produced by draft picks at each draft slot. Over the next week, I will be showing how much draft capital has been used to select players at certain positions in every draft since 1990. This will allow us to see how much the league’s view on the value of a position has changed, while also giving us a visual insight into the volatility among the talent in draft classes is from year-to-year.

I will be staying out of the commentary for now, so I encourage you to post your thoughts. To make comparison across positions easier, I will be using the same scale for each position. Let’s look at the graph for defensive linemen:

It goes without saying that separating out DE by end and tackle has value. However, the data is a little clouded on that historically, and there’s obviously a good amount of overlap. We also have the issue of outside linebacker/tweeners, which would involve working through those designations, too. Assuming there’s interest, I’ll take the time later in this series to do just that.

  • Josh Sanford

    First DL drafted in 2005 was the 16th pick. That’s very, very low. The six-year window surrounding that draft has an average first-DL-drafted position of 4.5 overall. And the scouts did pretty well that year–only 3 of the 38 DLs ever made a Pro Bowl. Justin Tuck made two, Jay Ratliff got honored 4 times, and Trent Cole twice. But since Ratliff was the 224th player taken, it’s a stretch to say that grabbing him was anything more than luck.

    • Richie

      Interesting to see an outlier year that the scouts apparently got right. Usually there are obvious mistakes (in both directions).

  • Josh Sanford

    For 2010, 9 of the first 31 picks taken were either DT/DE.