The NFL Draft: Shopping for Bargains!


Last week, the NFL player draft took place over 3 days in New York City, and now the annual exercise of “grading” each team based on their draft haul commences.  It’s a fun debate, with grades often based more on feel or perceived value, rather than any real analysis.

There are many ways to evaluate draft results, but from a purely mathematical standpoint, I like to look at value.  Which teams  got the best “bargains”, and which teams went out on a limb?  If you had the 20th pick in the draft, did you get the 20th best player?  Or did you draft a lower-ranked player.

I took all of this year’s 254 players drafted in the NFL draft, and compared them to their draft ranking, according to CBS Sports.  The only real reason I have for using CBS as opposed to the many other draft rankings out…

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