The Bills yet again hold a top ten pick in the draft. I thought I would take a look back and see what positions teams across the league use these top picks on. I am not really concerned with players names in this post, I would just like to generate some discussion on positions. Should the Bills stick with the league trends? Should they go outside the norms?
I have decided to make 3 splits here. One split is since the 2011 draft. This is when the new CBA came into effect and brought a "salary cap" to the draft. I believe this presented a whole new way of looking at the draft for NFL franchises. Teams could be more open to drafting any position because any player that was drafted would receive a contract that paid out well below the franchise tag level for that position. In fact, the new 5th year team option that is included in all 1st round contracts pays out the transition tag amount in that 5th year. Certainly good value if a team's selection has panned out.
The other 2 splits are somewhat arbitrary as I selected to look back 5 years and 10 years. I think looking back 5 years gives us a good look at the "modern NFL". A look back to encompass all top 10 picks over 10 years gives us a nice balance to compare the then and now.
|POSITION||No. of Selections (2011-2013)||Percentage of Selections past 3 years||No. of Selections (2009-2010)||Percentage of Selections past 5 years||No. of Selections (2004-2008)||Percentage of Selections past 10 years|
Perhaps not too surprisingly the top positions selected are QB, OT and WR. We can also see the noticeable decline of RBs and Safeties selected in the past 5 years.
The Bills in that time have selected in the top ten 4 times:
2006 - S
2010 - RB
2011 - DT
2012 - CB
That is kind of shocking - Four times picking in the top ten in the past ten years and they have never selected a WR, QB or OT.
Will this be the year they don't try to outsmart themselves?