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Team first round summaries

Posted by Doug on April 11, 2007

Random facts about the NFL draft since 1978:

  • The Rams have taken nine running backs in the first round; no other team has taken more than six. How many of those Ram runners can you name off the top of your head in under 30 seconds?
  • Two teams have drafted three tight ends in the first round: the Jets (Anthony Becht, Kyle Brady, and Johnny Mitchell) and Steelers (Heath Miller, Mark Breuner, and Eric Green). Twelve teams have never (since 1978) drafted a first-round tight end.
  • The Redskins have been allergic to the draft for far longer than Dan Snyder has been calling the shots. They have had the fewest first round picks (18) among all teams that have been in existence for the entire period. Denver (22) has the next fewest. The Bengals (36) have the most.
  • The Colts have drafted four first round quarterbacks. The first three were Art Schlichter, John Elway, and Jeff George. Ryan Leaf would have fit in well with this group.
  • Only two teams have never (since 1978) taken a first round quarterback. They are the Rams and Saints.
  • The team who has spent the greatest percentage of its first rounders on offense has been the Lions. The most historically defense oriented team in the first round has been the Cowboys, who have drafted more defensive linemen in the first round than offensive players combined.
  • It's interesting that the Steelers, a team generally known for good defenses, have spent far more of their first round picks on offense, while the 49ers have spent the majority of their picks on defense.

Here's the data:


       QB RB WR TE OL   OFF    DL LB DB   DEF      TOT
====+=======================+=================+========
cin |   4  3  4  0  6    17 |  10  6  3    19 |     36
nwe |   2  6  3  2  8    21 |   7  2  5    14 |     35
ram |   0  9  3  0  6    18 |   7  3  5    15 |     33
clt |   4  5  4  2  2    17 |   5  7  3    15 |     32
gnb |   2  3  3  1  6    15 |   4  6  7    17 |     32
crd |   2  3  4  0  5    14 |   7  5  4    16 |     31
det |   3  4  6  1  6    20 |   3  4  4    11 |     31
chi |   4  5  4  0  4    17 |   8  3  3    14 |     31
rai |   2  2  2  1  6    13 |   6  2  9    17 |     31
nyj |   2  3  4  3  5    17 |   6  6  2    14 |     31
buf |   2  6  4  1  5    18 |   3  2  8    13 |     31
pit |   2  3  5  3  6    19 |   5  1  5    11 |     30
sfo |   2  4  3  2  2    13 |   7  5  5    17 |     30
sea |   2  3  2  1  7    15 |   7  2  6    15 |     30
atl |   2  4  4  1  4    15 |   5  3  6    14 |     29
kan |   2  5  2  2  6    17 |   6  3  2    11 |     28
nyg |   2  6  3  2  5    18 |   4  2  4    10 |     28
min |   1  5  2  0  4    12 |  12  2  2    16 |     28
phi |   1  2  3  1  7    14 |   9  1  3    13 |     27
nor |   0  6  3  1  6    16 |   7  2  1    10 |     27
dal |   1  1  3  1  2     8 |  11  3  4    18 |     26
sdg |   2  4  2  1  2    11 |   4  3  7    14 |     25
tam |   3  3  2  0  6    14 |   6  4  1    11 |     25
mia |   1  5  3  0  5    14 |   5  1  5    11 |     25
oti |   3  4  2  0  5    14 |   4  3  3    10 |     24
cle |   1  4  3  2  2    12 |   2  6  4    12 |     24
den |   2  2  3  0  3    10 |   4  4  4    12 |     22
was |   3  0  4  0  3    10 |   2  1  5     8 |     18
jax |   1  2  3  1  1     8 |   3  1  2     6 |     14
car |   1  2  1  0  2     6 |   2  1  4     7 |     13
rav |   1  1  2  1  1     6 |   3  1  3     7 |     13
htx |   1  0  1  0  0     2 |   3  0  1     4 |      6

  QB           RB           WR           TE
==========+============+============+=========
clt   4   |  ram   9   |  det   6   |  nyj   3
cin   4   |  nor   6   |  pit   5   |  pit   3
chi   4   |  nyg   6   |  nyj   4   |  sfo   2
oti   3   |  buf   6   |  was   4   |  kan   2
det   3   |  nwe   6   |  crd   4   |  nyg   2
tam   3   |  clt   5   |  cin   4   |  cle   2
was   3   |  chi   5   |  chi   4   |  clt   2
sdg   2   |  mia   5   |  buf   4   |  nwe   2
nyg   2   |  min   5   |  clt   4   |  atl   1
atl   2   |  kan   5   |  atl   4   |  rai   1
crd   2   |  oti   4   |  nwe   3   |  buf   1
nwe   2   |  det   4   |  nor   3   |  phi   1
sea   2   |  cle   4   |  gnb   3   |  sdg   1
sfo   2   |  atl   4   |  dal   3   |  gnb   1
kan   2   |  sdg   4   |  ram   3   |  det   1
gnb   2   |  sfo   4   |  phi   3   |  nor   1
buf   2   |  crd   3   |  cle   3   |  dal   1
den   2   |  tam   3   |  sfo   3   |  jax   1
pit   2   |  nyj   3   |  jax   3   |  sea   1
rai   2   |  sea   3   |  nyg   3   |  rav   1
nyj   2   |  gnb   3   |  mia   3   |  oti   0
htx   1   |  cin   3   |  den   3   |  crd   0
cle   1   |  pit   3   |  sea   2   |  htx   0
dal   1   |  phi   2   |  min   2   |  ram   0
phi   1   |  jax   2   |  sdg   2   |  tam   0
car   1   |  rai   2   |  rai   2   |  chi   0
jax   1   |  car   2   |  tam   2   |  min   0
min   1   |  den   2   |  kan   2   |  mia   0
rav   1   |  rav   1   |  rav   2   |  car   0
mia   1   |  dal   1   |  oti   2   |  den   0
ram   0   |  htx   0   |  htx   1   |  was   0
nor   0   |  was   0   |  car   1   |  cin   0

  OL           DL           LB           DB
==========+============+============+=========
nwe   8   |  min  12   |  clt   7   |  rai   9
phi   7   |  dal  11   |  nyj   6   |  buf   8
sea   7   |  cin  10   |  cin   6   |  sdg   7
nor   6   |  phi   9   |  cle   6   |  gnb   7
tam   6   |  chi   8   |  gnb   6   |  atl   6
cin   6   |  crd   7   |  crd   5   |  sea   6
det   6   |  nwe   7   |  sfo   5   |  was   5
gnb   6   |  ram   7   |  tam   4   |  ram   5
ram   6   |  sea   7   |  det   4   |  pit   5
rai   6   |  nor   7   |  den   4   |  mia   5
kan   6   |  sfo   7   |  sdg   3   |  sfo   5
pit   6   |  kan   6   |  atl   3   |  nwe   5
oti   5   |  tam   6   |  kan   3   |  det   4
nyj   5   |  nyj   6   |  chi   3   |  cle   4
crd   5   |  rai   6   |  ram   3   |  crd   4
buf   5   |  clt   5   |  oti   3   |  dal   4
nyg   5   |  atl   5   |  dal   3   |  nyg   4
mia   5   |  mia   5   |  nyg   2   |  den   4
atl   4   |  pit   5   |  buf   2   |  car   4
chi   4   |  gnb   4   |  sea   2   |  chi   3
min   4   |  oti   4   |  nwe   2   |  rav   3
den   3   |  sdg   4   |  nor   2   |  oti   3
was   3   |  nyg   4   |  min   2   |  cin   3
sdg   2   |  den   4   |  rai   2   |  clt   3
cle   2   |  rav   3   |  jax   1   |  phi   3
car   2   |  jax   3   |  was   1   |  nyj   2
clt   2   |  htx   3   |  car   1   |  min   2
sfo   2   |  det   3   |  mia   1   |  kan   2
dal   2   |  buf   3   |  pit   1   |  jax   2
jax   1   |  cle   2   |  phi   1   |  htx   1
rav   1   |  car   2   |  rav   1   |  nor   1
htx   0   |  was   2   |  htx   0   |  tam   1

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