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Draft Capital Used By Position: QB

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 start with the graph for quarterbacks:

  • Interesting that 1999 was the peak, with three consecutive QBs taken in the first three picks. McNabb, Couch, Akili. Also Culpepper and McNown in the top 15. Yeesh.

    • Richie

      I’m still bummed that Cade McNown washed out. I am a UCLA fan, and watching him play in 1997-98 was a lot of fun. He was a decent scrambler and had a knack for big plays.

      He had a couple decent games with Chicago, but threw a lot of interceptions.

      • sacramento gold miners

        Yes, I remember McNown, and in college, seemed to have the ability to make it. My recollection of his time in Chicago was his frustration over the lack of early success. Think the issue of maturity became an issue as well.

        Tim Couch had his moments early on with those “new” Browns, but was injured, and never developed after that.

  • Mike

    I wish you put something like AV or ANYA in the other axis to compare draft value vs actual value.

    • Ehh

      The idea is to compare draft capital spent on different positions, so I don’t really see the point of including career value metrics in this feature.

    • AgronomyBrad

      I think it’d be more interesting to see how many total selections were made for the position each year. For instance, 1996 used the lowest amount of draft capital, but also had only 8 QBs drafted. But 1999 used the most draft capital, but had 13 QBs drafted.