YouTube recently gave me some video suggestions that I watched. Basically, it was the worst draft picks of all time, worst #1 picks, best underrated draft picks, etc. Is there any statistics that show high draft picks improve a team in the short and/or long term?

Ive been googling, but I cant find anything. Maybe Im using the wrong search terms.


Picks in higher rounds do better by staying in the league longer, starting more, and being more likely to be Pro-Bowlers.

According to forbes.com, of starters in the NFL in 2014,

Nearly 30% of all starters were 1st round draft picks when drafted into the league;

-Roughly 30% were taken in either the 2nd or 3rd round;

-Roughly 26% were taken in either rounds 4 through 7;

-Undrafted players (14%) were the 3rd most likely group to comprise 2014’s starters…only behind 1st round (30%) and 2nd round (18%) picks.

Correlation between Draft Position and "Starter Status"

-The overall median “percentage of games started” by those players selected in the 2010 NFL Draft is 15%;

-1st round draftees from that season started a higher median percentage of games (67.5%) compared to players drafted in other rounds;

-2nd and 3rd round draftees from 2010 have started roughly 34% and 36% of all possible games, respectively.

-The median percentage of games started for players drafted in rounds 4 through 7 from the 2010 draft was extremely low, never rising above 7% of games played over the last 5 years. Correlation between Draft Position and Staying Power

-48.5% were first round draft picks when they entered the league;

-2nd round picks were the next most likely to reach All-Pro status (14%);

-But then undrafted players were the third most likely at 10.5%;

-Lastly, 21% of All-Pros from this period came from either the 3rd, 4th, or 5th round. Correlation between Draft Position and Reaching "All-Pro" Status

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