NFL Draft Data Up The Wazoo: 10-Year Draft History For Each NFL Team

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Apr 22, 2013



Draft day strategies vary widely from team to team in the NFL, which becomes quite apparent when you break down each club's draft history, position by position and round by round, over the past 10 years.

We have the entire table for each team below.

Some teams are clearly enamored with one position more than others. The Bengals, for example, have drafted 16 wide receivers over the past 10 years, more than any other team, yet a total of just 14 offensive linemen. Clearly, Cincy's strategy to pursue sizzle over steak has yielded mixed results at best over the past decade.

Other teams may surprise you with intense focus on one side of the ball over another. The Baltimore Ravens, for example, have long been a defensive powerhouse. Yet they have drafted more offensive players since 2003 (49) than any other team.

Clearly, the Ravens have long sought to build a credible offense to pair with that typically strong defense – and clearly that effort finally paid off in 2012, with strong defensive play in the postseason and an MVP-caliber effort week after week by Joe Flacco, who was the top-rated passer in the 2012 postseason.

Flacco, by the way, is one of an NFL-high six quarterbacks drafted by the Ravens over the past decade to solve the issues of imbalance that plagued the organization since its founding.

And yet other teams still have perseveredin the face of stiff draft-day winds against them. The New Orleans Saints, for example, were famously punished in multiple ways last year for Bounty Gate. This punishment included the loss of two second-round draft picks.  

Yet the team has habitually faced a dearth of picks, long before 2012: the Saints have enjoyed a league-low 61 draft picks over the past decade, well below the average and just a fraction of the league-high 94 picks grabbed by the Philadelphia Eagles. Those 61 draft picks include just 28 on offense, also a league low.

Still, the Saints have been a consistent power, especially on offense, since Sean Payton and Drew Brees arrived on the scene.

Their greatest pick along the way? Probably Marques Colston, a highly productive wide receiver picked up for a song at the end of the seventh round of the 2006, and whose arrival coincided with the arrival of Payton and Brees to the organization.

New Orleans has devoted just 28 Value Points to wide receivers over the past 10 years, almost half that of the Bengals (55). But, clearly, the Saints have been far more succesful offensively and as a team in recent years.

The success of the Saints supports a pair of long-held Cold, Hard Football Facts maxims: winning in the NFL is all about management and quarterbacks. You can fret all you want this month about mock drafts and the NFL potential of your favorite flashy wide receiver or beefy blindside left tackle.

But none of it matters if you don’t have good management and a great quarterback.

With all that said, below is a look at the draft picks by side of the ball (offense, defense, special teams) and by position, round by round for each team.

You’ll see the number of draft picks for each team. But you’ll also see the value associated with every position. We used a very simple but effective formula to address value: a first-pick was awarded 7 value points; a second-round pick 6 points; third-round pick 5 points, on down to 1 point for a seventh-round pick.

Naturally, foolish NFL franchises continue to wildly overvalue wide receivers: 13 of 32 NFL teams have devoted more draft value to wide receiver than to any other position. The group is led by the Tennessee Titans, who devoted 14 picks and a league-high 59 value points to wide receiver over the past decade, with pretty much nothing to show for their efforts.  

We have a breakdown of each team’s 10-year draft strategy and major trends on the way. And, in the meantime, we have been Tweeting out plenty of draft facts and figures along the way.

Now, of course, 10 years is something of an arbitrary benchmark. Management teams have come and gone over those 10 years and strategies often change with them. But some teams seem to have a strong institutional memory through the decades, one that often manifests itself in the draft. And, of course, the vast majority of players in the NFL today were drafted over the past 10 years.

In either case, the 10-year draft table below gives you a good look at how your team has attempted, and either succeeded or failed, to build a contender over the past decade.

(Note on draft value:  a first-round pick is awarded 7 value points; a second-round pick 6 points; third-round pick 5 points, etc., on down to 1 point for a seventh-round pick.)

ARIZONAODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st round65 131 1  11 21   
2nd round45  12  1 122     
3rd round47 02 2   10321   
4th round35     1111121    
5th round74 112  21112     
6th round28 1 0 1  2 42    
7th round100 131221         
Picks (70)3634041064552751372   
Value Points133148013432612151772926493212   
                   
ATLANTAODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st54 130 1  1111    
2nd26      2  1122   
3rd66 121 11 10221   
4th34   11 01 22     
5th77 022 3  12220   
6th591 22   11 1241  
7th56 102101 32 1    
Picks (76)3342139825427891071  
Value Points125155213412152118620293940252  
                   
BALTIMOREODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st53 21  11 1 110   
2nd56  11 2 1123     
3rd84  2213    121   
4th83  311 21 11 10  
5th78 11122  21221   
6th1051324 1    1121  
7th64 02111 1 12 1   
Picks (83)4933161210510334511661  
Points18412722344321643151119204425172  
                   
BUFFALOODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st66 113 0 121 21   
2nd45  2  11 1112    
3rd36 11 1   12210   
4th86  2131 1  132   
5th55   1 31 1 31    
6th37   1  2 1 402   
7th1061122 32 1113  1 
Picks (81)3941138848627512125 1 
Value Points1441611133432172215113124384919 1 
                   
CAROLINAODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st54 1 2 2   031    
2nd73 121  12 1 2    
3rd69  2 112 41211   
4th55 122     2 12   
5th75 0203 111 211   
6th46111 01 1122 11  
7th77  11122  2 41   
Picks (81)41391410656646891061  
Value Points16314521939291523211725254135192  
                   
CHICAGOODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st53 1 112  12      
2nd36  21    21 21   
3rd48  31  0 3 203   
4th39 1  1 1 12222   
5th78 24 1   12131   
6th45 1020 1   212   
7th96  21 33  123    
Picks (80)3545051163550889119   
Value Points12317301941231417904135273436   
                   
CINCINNATIODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st65 111111   23    
2nd56 111 11 11211   
3rd69  5 1   2241    
4th77   1121231111 0 
5th56112  11 1 2121  
6th75  421   2  21   
7th97 132 11113 12   
Picks (91)45451416746531071110710 
Value Points1681793175523182521936235644203  
                   
CLEVELANDODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st83 21111 21 11    
2nd58  31 1   2213   
3rd42 21   101   1   
4th75 1122 1   41    
5th47   1 2 1 1141   
6th511  22 1  4322    
7th45  12 1   1112   
Picks (78)3741059936236711107   
Value Points16014702839301522917 22433428   
                   
DALLASODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st37  11 1   1330   
2nd53  012101  3     
3rd53   1121  210    
4th78 122 11  4121   
5th251 1 1      23 1 
6th761 2122 01 221 1 
7th79  21 1122115    
Picks (79)3641218768333811145 2 
Value Points1311505424292432108434534415   
                   
DENVERODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st64 211 2   13     
2nd87 121211 11122   
3rd54  12 1 10 13    
4th78  211 1222 22   
5th54  21  1111 2    
6th73 1110 22 12     
7th7512 31  103 11 1 
Picks (81)4535169104457497105 1 
Value Points1791451244035172517211729364221   
                   
DETROITODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st103 14212  2 1     
2nd48 121     23 3   
3rd38  12    12131   
4th33   1 11 11 1    
5th47 11101    511   
6th34  11 1   112    
7th881 21131  2321 1 
Picks (77)3541131192820481496 1 
Value Points1471581165240826502330502827   
                   
GREEN BAYODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st37 10  2  2 41    
2nd75 141  1  2 21   
3rd461 111 1 111121  
4th47  10 12  2122   
5th104 11123111021    
6th591 12 11 313 2 1 
7th117 23121111222    
Picks (91)444525116587288139711 
Value Points150174718411913302542929513728   
                   
HOUSTONODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st29 01  1  2232    
2nd34  0210   121    
3rd103 122 3111 11    
4th77  213  1 1222   
5th4411 011 11  12 1 
6th67 111 12 1 123   
7th75 23  1 1003 2   
Picks (79)393915965734541299 1 
Value Points141161312302821289132424514022 3 
                   
INDIANAPOLISODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st62 11211   1  1   
2nd46    121 1 122   
3rd310  1 2   21331   
4th66  111 3 1 212   
5th67  111 211321    
6th94122112 10 121 1 
7th5621 1  211122 11 
Picks (83)394134667583661111712 
Value Points14615941223243223266242239403413 
                   
JACKSONVILLEODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st73 23 11  11  1   
2nd45   2 2   221    
3rd361 1   2 2 22 1  
4th6310321   11  11  
5th3111 1  11 12332 1 
6th45  1111  01121   
7th66  23 1  12 21 0 
Picks (75)333932118363069810621 
Value Points135142121445251325130253333312093 
                   
KANSAS CITYODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st46  21 1  221 1   
2nd46  1 11 111121   
3rd6711 1211 212111  
4th54  40 1   112    
5th4711 1 11   241 1 
6th93  41 31 12      
7th96111232  210 2 1 
Picks (83)413933126610318879612 
Value Points1411629945191933106343433372354 
                   
MIAMIODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st63 111 2 1 1 2    
2nd65 3 1 1 1 221    
3rd73  211120 21     
4th54  21011 1 12    
5th45  1 21    212   
6th102  14 221  1 1   
7th3141 20  1 616 11  
Picks (78)4136149838637613641  
Value Points1681151253230113619151030353191  
                   
MINNESOTAODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st55 121 1   31 1   
2nd75 1111111  221   
3rd15  1      1 40   
4th74  23110 13 0    
5th37 11   1 1 321   
6th54211  1 21 1 211 
7th79 1312   11511   
Picks (76)353925116442348129611 
Value Points13614441941261219910103935392122 
                   
NEW ENGLANDODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st47   1111 12211   
2nd510  2111  11233   
3rd75 22111   1211   
4th4610 21 1 20 22 1 
5th811 2 14 1  1  1  
6th69 1 1 12121411   
7th810 220211 3124    
Picks (92)424825867952961312811 
Value Points15318971430282733165282849444034 
                   
NEW ORLEANSODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st46  12 1  22 11   
2nd34  1  20   112   
3rd26    1 1 1 32    
4th62  21 12   101   
5th4611 1  1122 111  
6th32102 0 1 1  1  1 
7th65 13  2   23     
Picks (61)2831229416516686511 
Value Points104131542821525183272228282632 
                   
N.Y. GIANTSODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st36 1110   12 21   
2nd56  3  11 2112    
3rd54  3 20  1111    
4th66   213  1131    
5th43 1  1 2   1 2   
6th68 13  2   2321   
7th561 12 11 110221  
Picks (74)34391311547406891061  
Value Points1291531124717172313029343241171  
                   
N.Y. JETSODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st47 1  11 12122    
2nd33111  1    210 1 
3rd26   20   2 211   
4th62  23 1  0  11   
5th44 1111 0  1  3   
6th92 112122    11   
7th85 141 2  111 2   
Picks (66)36291599372153768 1 
Value Points11812661923301223472511373122 6 
                   
OAKLANDODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st45 111 1   1121   
2nd44    2011 1111   
3rd86 111 32  3111   
4th77  42  1  133    
5th44  4      2 11   
6th67   1221 223 0   
7th75 05 1  1  212   
Picks (78)40380215556522101196   
Points15114801245221726227442384123   
                   
PHILADELPHIAODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st35  1  11 32 0    
2nd67 12111  12202   
3rd46 112     2211   
4th79111 1220 1233 1 
5th105  22222  2111   
6th96 121 1311 32    
7th88   4 121204 2   
Picks (94)47461491048102791479 1 
Value Points161178417382816302933146432434 4 
                   
PITTSBURGHODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st64 1111 11111 1   
2nd35  1  2    32    
3rd76  3 13    221   
4th361 1  2  2112 1  
5th87 3 2111  133    
6th83  1111221 1 1   
7th104  2421 112 1    
Picks (81)453514986104455111031  
Value Points15714341636191941141218165040144  
                   
SAN DIEGOODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st37 111     322    
2nd27  1  10  2122   
3rd641111 111  211 1 
4th56   22 1 1 211   
5th65 112 11 1111 1  
6th531  1121    12 1 
7th104 01213 32 2     
Picks (76)37363359484446108612 
Value Points12116010152230112114893643402537 
                   
SAN FRANCISCOODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st94 13 131  130    
2nd53 1 1  3 1  11   
3rd65  32 1   2111   
4th55  12  112 2 1   
5th45 11 1 1 1121    
6th1061 4231   1 231  
7th79 211111 2 232   
Picks (84)46371513866716510881  
Value Points1821272185229172933419224221232  
                   
SEATTLEODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st37    02 112121   
2nd36  1011   1212   
3rd62 21  12 1 10    
4th68 111 12 22310   
5th46  1300  01212   
6th5511211   2  21  1
7th874021212  42 122 
Picks (81)3541548646616101177221
Value Points123162616241610302072435443128222
                   
ST. LOUISODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st46 1 1 2  3201    
2nd74  2221    22    
3rd58  2011 111141   
4th66  5   1 11121   
5th86  2 3 2111022   
6th61221 111  1  011 
7th1012 1132 2111721   
Picks (91)4643241369563771113511 
Value Points16516241251223027149342928551622 
                   
TAMPA BAYODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st55 112  1 12 11   
2nd46  2  11 122 1   
3rd55 11 111 1 3 1   
4th55  10111111 12   
5th56 11  12 111 3   
6th4511 12   1022 1  
7th139  4531 0 1152   
Picks (83)41411410875616799101  
Value Points1401532173521161928427343520372  
                   
TENNESSEEODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st54 221    01 21   
2nd56  1211  222 0   
3rd76  412   3 12    
4th712  31 2 112432   
5th57  02111 3 2 2   
6th75 131110  1 22   
7th710  11112131132   
Picks (93)435003149663212710129   
Value Points16418301659372220554330404327   
                   
WASHINGTONODSTQBWRRBTEOTOGCDTDELBCBSPKLS
1st35 2   1   1112   
2nd42  301    11     
3rd51  1 112    1    
4th33 1 2      21    
5th35  1 011 1 301   
6th86121212  1 3 21  
7th108 122112111231   
Picks (67)3630168646513312661  
Value Points117148223301414201516142819222  

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