Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 5/15/2014 7:20 PM EDT
Some final facts about the 2014 Draft by Pigskin Paul Guillemette, Editor of Paul's Pigskin Place.
May 14: NFL POST-DRAFT NOTES
In case you’ve had trouble finding some Draft detail, like I did, here’s some info and opinions to consider.
Pick count by position:
... So let’s see here…
We have 53 DB chosen to cover 41 receivers (WR/TE).
Despite the fact that a RB was not selected until Pick 54 in Round 2, a record for such a thing, by the time the Draft was over 23 were taken, though that includes 3 FB.
Despite the overall disdain for the RB slot in today’s NFL the 49’ers double dipped into that well for both a RB (Carlos Hyde) and a FB (Trey Millard). They have drafted a RB in 7 of the last 8 Drafts.
14 QB is almost enough for half the teams in the NFL. 5 were taken in the first 3 Rounds, then the rest on Saturday.
TE was an interesting and low number. 7 were gone by the end of Round 3, then only 2 more were selected in all 4 Rounds on Saturday.
As expected, it was feast or famine for players from Aggieland. 3 were gone by Pick 22, and then there were none drafted the rest of the proceedings.
32 WR was a good indication of both the importance, and talent level of this year’s draft group.
12 WR in the first 2 rounds is a new Draft record.
PACKERS fans probably already know this but when TED THOMPSON selected JARED ABBREDERIS /WR in Round 5, it was his first BADGERS draftee in 9 years back in Green Bay.
All you Undrafted Rookie Free Agents buck up. There are already 15 URFA in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Some things just don’t change with the SEC having 11 players selected out of the 32 first rounders.
Almost mystic that JOHNNY MANZIEL was the 3rd straight QB that the BROWNS have drafted at Pick 22 of Round 1. And all three of those Picks were acquired through trades.
According to the ever-diligent ESPN stats guys, MANZIEL was the first QB to be drafted in Round 1 of an NFL Draft, who measured under 6’ tall since TED MARCHIBRODA in 1953. Most of you will remember TED from his years as an NFL coach not as a player.
Going back even further in time, the last time the TEXAS Longhorns did not have at least a single player drafted was 1937.
I will curious to see how many draftees recorded as DE will end up playing most of their time in the NFL at a LB position. The DL/LB numbers of 42/34 above are based on how positions were announced during the selection process.
Nine DB in Round 1 was typical of the pass-happy NFL in recent Drafts. But what was surprising to this NFL observer was the fact that 4 of them were at the S position. Just goes to show that no matter how good your Corners are your deep guys have to be good too.
Quite a coincidence, I would assume, that of the 3 Special Teamers selected the Punter went ahead of the PK.
National Champ FLORIDA STATE Seminoles had players taken in each of the first 5 Rounds of the Draft. Then the well went dry until URFA time.
TV ratings were high all the way around. Though some of that can be attributed to the JOHNNY FOOTBALL phenomenon, it could certainly be assumed that the April Draft is history for the foreseeable future… right Mr.GOODELL?!