Ok so check it out guys. In case you didn't read it, Sando had a nice piece up on the NFC West blog on ESPN the other day....
The really compelling part of this is the data for Offensive Tackles.
Average draft position of an Offensive Tackle with 3+ pro bowls in the NFL is 2.6!
The next closest position is Running Back with an average draft position (3+ pro bowls) of 10.3.
For every other position, the top players were drafted, on average, either late in the first round/early second round or much later than that even.
The reason why the OT data interests me is becuase with a relative position of 2.6 it leaves little room for deviation. Meaning, there likely aren't many (if any) Pro Bowl OTs in the league taken outside of the top 10 because that would mean all of the other pro bowlers would absolutely need to be taken at #1 overall in order to keep that average down as low as it is.
So basically what this says is that OTs, when taken early in the draft, have the highest rate of success of any position - they are the "most guaranteed" to play well and meet expectations.
Now that being said, combine this with our need to add another good Tackle and you gotta wonder...is it worth our while to trade up into the top 5 and grab a stud?
Tell me what you think.
[ Edited by scopur49er on Apr 12, 2010 at 11:50 AM ]