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Draft Capital Used By Position: LB

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 linebackers:

We have a similar issue here as we did yesterday; do we group outside linebackers with defensive ends? We would ideally split up inside linebackers from pass rushers, but that involves some manual work on my end and some subjective evaluations. Assuming there’s interest, I’ll take the time later in this series to do just that.

  • There seems to be surprisingly little trend on LBs. We hear that it’s a “devalued” position akin to RB, but there was a much clearer, stronger downward trend for the latter. I guess there has been a rise in 3-4 defenses in that time, so perhaps it’s just that the 3-4 OLBs are covering up a downward trend in the more traditional linebackers?

    • LightsOut85

      I would have to think that’s the case (that 3-4 OLBs are holding the bulk of the value). If there was a way to easily throw them in with DL, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a downward trend (for just ILB & 4-3 OLB).