Draft statistics for the past 5 years

Below is an article written by the Carolina Panthers lead blogger, John White. With his permission, I have reposted his entire article for Cincinnati fans to read. Check out John’s other work at www.catcrave.com.

NFL teams now have just over two weeks to finish final preparations for the Annual nfldraft.jpgDraft.  Draft boards are, in all likeliehood, completed.  Teams already have a short list compiled of players they will target with each pick.

This event has spawned more cliche’s than any other non-game NFL event.  I’m sure we’ve all heard them by now – “Meat market,” “Crap shoot,” “The building blocks of success,” and, of course, many others.

Draft facts get spewed a million times leading up to this event and about a ga-zillion mock drafts pop up on the net and on TV, including our own.  Mel Kiper gets to spend a lot of time on TV talking about who each team should take, which players’ stock is rising and falling, sleepers, 40 times, bench press reps, and the Scouting Combine.

But all of this pontificating and chest thumping still doesn’t eliminate one fact – the NFL Draft is a great way to build a winner and a great way for a coach or general manager to ensure their futures.  It’s also a great way to flop and secure a spot in the unemployment line.

Then there are the fans who are always prepared to hang the management of their favorite teams when their favorite players aren’t taken.  The team gets a passing grade or a failing grade on draft day.  No one wants to wait to give the players time to prove what they can or can’t do before handing out a grade.

What I wanted to do was to dig into the last five drafts (2003-2007) and get a closer look in order to help us all attach a grade to each team’s draft record.

The formula was simple – using every player taken in rounds one and two, determine the percentage of players drafted by each team who are: 1) still with the team who drafted them, 2) still with the team who drafted them and starting, 3) with another team, 4) with another team and starting, and 5) out of the league.

Seems pretty simple.  I’m not handing out grades.  I’m simply compiling statistics.

I found some interesting things.  Since 2003, there have been a total of 319 players selected in rounds one and two of the draft.  Here’s a breakdown of where those players are now:

Still With Drafting Team:  249  (78%)

Starting for Drafting Team:  171 (54%)

With Another Team:  51 (16%)

Starting for Another Team:  25 (8%)

Out of the League:  17 (0.6%)

(Two other players, Sean Taylor and Marquise Hill, are deceased and were not counted in the percentages listed above.)

In the chart you will see each team’s statistics.  The percetage in () parentheses represents the percentage of players selected over the last five years who are still with the team.

Again, this covers rounds one and two only of the draft between 2003 and 2007.

Also, note that the records listed for each team represent the period between 2003 and 2007.

Team Breakdown

Arizona Cardinals Draft Logo

Arizona Cardinals (82%)

Record: 28-52, No Playoff Appearances

Total Draft Picks: 11

Still With Team: 9   Starting for Team: 6

With Another Team: 2    Starting w/Another Team: 2

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin

Key Draft Busts:  J.J. Arrington

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Atlanta Falcons (78%)

Record: 35-45, One Playoff Appearance,  Playoff Record: 1-1

Total Draft Picks: 9

Still With Team: 7   Starting for Team: 5

With Another Team: 2    Starting w/Another Team: 1

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Justin Blalock, Michael Jenkins

Key Draft Busts:  Bryan Scott

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Baltimore Ravens (100%)

Record: 43-37, Two Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 0-2

Total Draft Picks: 9

Still With Team: 9   Starting for Team: 4

With Another Team: 0    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata

Key Draft Busts:  Kyle Boller

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Buffalo Bills (89%)

Record: 34-46, No Playoff Appearances

Total Draft Picks: 9

Still With Team: 8   Starting for Team: 5

With Another Team: 1    Starting w/Another Team: 1

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Marshawn Lynch, Chris Kelsay

Key Draft Busts:  J.P. Losman

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Carolina Panthers (73%)

Record: 44-36, Two Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 5-2

One Super Bowl Loss, One NFC Championship Game Loss

Total Draft Picks: 11

Still With Team: 8   Starting for Team: 7

With Another Team: 1    Starting w/Another Team: 1

Out of League: 2

Key Draft Successes: Jordan Gross, Jon Beason

Key Draft Busts:  Bruce Nelson, Eric Shelton

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Chicago Bears (82%)

Record: 43-37, Two Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 2-2

One Super Bowl Loss

Total Draft Picks: 11

Still With Team: 9   Starting for Team: 5

With Another Team: 2    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Tommie Harris, Devin Hester

Key Draft Busts:  Rex Grossman, Tank Johnson

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Cincinnati Bengals (73%)

Record: 42-38, One Playoff Appearance, Playoff Record: 0-1

Total Draft Picks: 11

Still With Team: 8   Starting for Team: 5

With Another Team: 3    Starting w/Another Team: 2

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Carson Palmer, David Pollack

Key Draft Busts:  None

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Cleveland Browns (82%)

Record: 29-51, No Playoff Appearances

Total Draft Picks: 11

Still With Team: 9   Starting for Team: 8

With Another Team: 2    Starting w/Another Team: 2

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Braylon Edwards, Eric Wright

Key Draft Busts:  Brady Quinn?

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Dallas Cowboys (70%)

Record: 47-33, 3 Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 0-3

Total Draft Picks: 10

Still With Team: 7   Starting for Team: 3

With Another Team: 3    Starting w/Another Team: 3

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Terence Newman, DeMarcus Ware

Key Draft Busts:  Bobby Carpenter

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Denver Broncos (70%)

Record: 49-31, 3 Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 1-3

Total Draft Picks: 10

Still With Team: 7   Starting for Team: 2

With Another Team: 3    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Jay Cutler, D.J. Williams

Key Draft Busts:  Darius Watts

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Detroit Lions (69%)

Record: 36-44, No Playoff Appearances

Total Draft Picks: 13

Still With Team: 9   Starting for Team: 5

With Another Team: 2    Starting w/Another Team: 1

Out of League: 2

Key Draft Successes: Calvin Johnson, Roy Williams

Key Draft Busts:  Charles Rogers, Mike Williams

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Green Bay Packers (80%)

Record: 45-35, 3 Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 2-3

One NFC Championship Game Loss

Total Draft Picks: 10

Still With Team: 8   Starting for Team: 4

With Another Team: 1    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 1

Key Draft Successes: Greg Jennings, A.J. Hawk

Key Draft Busts:  Terrence Murphy

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Houston Texans (63%)

Record: 28-52, No Playoff Appearances

Total Draft Picks: 8

Still With Team: 5   Starting for Team: 5

With Another Team: 3    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans,

Andre Johnson

Key Draft Busts:  Bennie Joppru

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Indianapolis Colts (89%)

Record: 63-17, Five Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 7-4

One Super Bowl Win, One AFC Championship Game Loss

Total Draft Picks: 9

Still With Team: 8   Starting for Team: 6

With Another Team: 1    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Bob Sanders, Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark

Key Draft Busts:  Tim Jennings?

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Jacksonville Jaguars (91%)

Record: 45-35, Two Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 1-2

Total Draft Picks: 11

Still With Team: 10   Starting for Team: 6

With Another Team: 1    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Maurice Jones-Drew, Reggie Nelson

Key Draft Busts:  Byron Leftwich

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Kansas City Chiefs (67%)

Record: 43-37, Two Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 0-2

Total Draft Picks: 9

Still With Team: 6   Starting for Team: 5

With Another Team: 3    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Larry Johnson, Dwayne Bowe

Key Draft Busts:  Kris Wilson

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Miami Dolphins (88%)

Record: 30-50, No Playoff Appearances

Total Draft Picks: 8

Still With Team: 7   Starting for Team: 6

With Another Team: 0    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 1

Key Draft Successes: Vernon Carey, Ronnie Brown

Key Draft Busts:  Eddie Moore

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Minnesota Vikings (85%)

Record: 40-40, One Playoff Appearance, Playoff Record: 1-1

Total Draft Picks: 13

Still With Team: 11   Starting for Team: 9

With Another Team: 2    Starting w/Another Team: 1

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Adrian Peterson, Chad Greenway

Key Draft Busts:  Tarvaris Jackson?

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New England Patriots (70%)

Record: 66-14, Five Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 11-3

Two Super Bowl Wins, One Super Bowl Loss,

One AFC Championship Game Loss

Total Draft Picks: 10

Still With Team: 7   Starting for Team: 5

With Another Team: 1    Starting w/Another Team: 1

Out of League: 1

Deceased:  1

Key Draft Successes: Vince Wilfork, Laurence Maroney

Key Draft Busts:  Bethel Johnson

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New Orleans Saints (80%)

Record: 36-44, One Playoff Appearance, Playoff Record: 1-1

One NFC Championship Game Loss

Total Draft Picks: 10

Still With Team: 8   Starting for Team: 6

With Another Team: 0    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 2

Key Draft Successes: Reggie Bush, Jonathan Stinchcomb

Key Draft Busts:  Courtney Watson, Jonathan Sullivan

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New York Giants (100%)

Record: 39-41, 3 Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 4-2

One Super Bowl Win

Total Draft Picks: 9

Still With Team: 9   Starting for Team: 5

With Another Team: 0    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Osi Umenyiora, Eli Manning (Trade)

Key Draft Busts:  None

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New York Jets (80%)

Record: 34-46, Two Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 0-2

Total Draft Picks: 10

Still With Team: 8   Starting for Team: 7

With Another Team: 2    Starting w/Another Team: 2

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold

Key Draft Busts:  Justin Miller?

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Oakland Raiders (82%)

Record: 19-61, No Playoff Appearances

Total Draft Picks: 11

Still With Team: 9   Starting for Team: 7

With Another Team: 1    Starting w/Another Team: 1

Out of League: 1

Key Draft Successes: Nnamdi Asomugha, Thomas Howard

Key Draft Busts:  Tyler Brayton

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Philadelphia Eagles (80%)

Record: 49-31, 3 Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 4-3

One Super Bowl Loss, One NFC Championship Game Loss

Total Draft Picks: 10

Still With Team: 8   Starting for Team: 5

With Another Team: 1    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 1

Key Draft Successes: Shawn Andrews, Reggie Brown

Key Draft Busts:  Jerome McDougle

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Pittsburgh Steelers (78%)

Record: 50-30, 3 Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 5-2

One Super Bowl Win, One AFC Championship Game Loss

Total Draft Picks: 9

Still With Team: 7   Starting for Team: 4

With Another Team: 1    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 1

Key Draft Successes: Troy Polamalu, Ben Roethlisberger

Key Draft Busts:  Alonzo Jackson

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San Diego Chargers (75%)

Record: 50-30, 3 Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 2-3

One AFC Championship Game Loss

Total Draft Picks: 12

Still With Team: 9   Starting for Team: 8

With Another Team: 2    Starting w/Another Team: 1

Out of League: 1

Key Draft Successes: Shawne Merriman, Philip Rivers (Trade)

Key Draft Busts:  Terrence Kiel

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San Francisco 49ers (64%)

Record: 25-55, No Playoff Appearances

Total Draft Picks: 11

Still With Team: 7   Starting for Team: 5

With Another Team: 3    Starting w/Another Team: 2

Out of League: 1

Key Draft Successes: Joe Staley, Patrick Willis

Key Draft Busts:  Rashaun Woods

Seattle Seahawks Draft Logo Seattle Seahawks (78%)Record: 51-29, Five Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 4-5One Super Bowl Loss

Total Draft Picks: 9

Still With Team: 7   Starting for Team: 5

With Another Team: 2    Starting w/Another Team: 1

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Marcus Trufant, Lofa Tatupu

Key Draft Busts:  Michael Boulware?

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St. Louis Rams (89%)

Record: 37-43, One Playoff Appearance, Playoff Record: 0-1

Total Draft Picks: 9

Still With Team: 8   Starting for Team: 4

With Another Team: 1    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Steven Jackson, Adam Carriker

Key Draft Busts:  Jimmy Kennedy?

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (89%)

Record: 36-44, Two Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 0-2

Total Draft Picks: 9

Still With Team: 8  Starting for Team: 6

With Another Team: 1    Starting w/Another Team: 1

Out of League: 0

Key Draft Successes: Gaines Adams, Cadillac Williams

Key Draft Busts:  Dewayne White?

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Tennessee Titans (45%)

Record: 39-41, Two Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 1-2

Total Draft Picks: 11

Still With Team: 5   Starting for Team: 4

With Another Team: 3    Starting w/Another Team: 2

Out of League: 3

Key Draft Successes: Vince Young, Michael Griffin

Key Draft Busts:  Tyrone Calico

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Washington Redskins (67%)

Record: 35-45, Two Playoff Appearances, Playoff Record: 1-2

Total Draft Picks: 6

Still With Team: 4  Starting for Team: 4

With Another Team: 1    Starting w/Another Team: 0

Out of League: 0

Deceased:  1

Key Draft Successes: Sean Taylor, LaRon Landry

Key Draft Busts:  Taylor Jacobs?

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  • Todd

    In what world can the Bengal’s David Pollack be considered a successful draft pick?  About the time it appeared he was going to start contributing, he broke his neck.  Now, we may never know whether he’d have worked out or not.

  • http://www.stripehype.com David

    Keep in mind this was written by a Carolina Panther blogger, and his criteria for success is based on the play. When Pollack played, he appeared to have it working out, versus becoming a bust. I doubt you’d call him a bust. His inclusion in the success status could be iffy, but he’s certainly not on the bust side either.

  • IgnatiusJReilly

    Yeah, I think Pollack doesn’t count because such an injury can’t be foreseen by- and thereby held against, those responsible for the picks. BTW, I’d count Whitworth and Jonathan Joseph- and eventually, Leon Hall, as successes. Chris Perry not as a bust per se but as one more reason to steer clear of Big 10 running backs.

  • BeaverThomas

    Manningham on Sirius NFL Radio 4-14-2008  ??  Are you kidding me??Mark my words that you will be seeing stuff about this little interview that was on the Sirius Blitz!!! OMG this guys is a knucklehead!!  They coach these guys and then they don’t listen!   He was confronted about his positive tests at Michigan and ……..well, that was only one of the tidbits.   Yeah, he sent out letters to all 32 teams….then gets on a show that GM’s and Scouts and Managers listen too and just blows it!!!  You will read about this somewhere besides here….trust me.

  • IgnatiusJReilly

    I’m guessing Mario will drop to late 2nd, early 3rd, based on his affinity for Cheech and Chong and a relatively slow 40. Not sure what the weed revelation will do for Aqib Talib. Manningham’s less highly touted teammate, Adrian Arrington…http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/profile.php?pyid=33288 …does interest me as a later round stopgap against a disgruntled Ocho Cinco.Far as the draft statistics go, it’s strange that the two teams with a perfect record are the reigning champion Giants and the lowly Baltimore Ravens. Given that result, I’m not sure how much weight to give the analysis- though Ozzie Newsome is known as a shrewd judge of talent.

  • http://www.docsports.com Doc’s Sports Picks Guru

    Great posting. No coincidence that the Lions have retained 69 percent of their draftees and have been awful, while the Colts have retained 89 percent and are dominant.

  • http://www.melbayshop.com domandjen1976 Dominic Gross

    Oh my goodness David Pollack a bust?  A bust is a player that is active and not getting job done.  Therefore, if your going to use injuries as a bust status take a look at Chris Perry.  My goodness, can I say Ki-Jana Carter????  He looked good in few times he graced the field but c’mon!  I would choose him as an injury bust before Pollack. 

  • http://www.melbayshop.com domandjen1976 Dominic Gross

    Oh and now that you got me started how about Chris Henry as a bust!  I mean yes, he was the most fricking talented deep threat in the game in my opinion but couldn’t catch balls where he could take shots.  And of course let’s see arrested five times and now cut!  BUST!!! 

  • IgnatiusJReilly

    But Henry was, what, a fourth round pick? And they’re only counting rounds 1 and 2. Historically, though, Ki-Jana, Akili, Klingler, Wilkinson, Justin Smith, Perry, we didn’t until recently have much of a track record. Can you say "General Manager"?

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