2018 NFL Draft: All-Star Game Report

By Justin VanFulpen

College Football All-Star games are part of the pre-draft process that is more important then the NFL Combine and Pro Days because it is football and scouts can evaluate good on good players.  The Senior Bowl is the best all-star game and one that all Senior prospects want to get invited to. Here is the amount of draft picks per all-star games.

Senior Bowl – 84
East-West Shrine Game – 26
NFLPA Bowl – 18
College Gridiron Showcase – 3
Tropical Bowl – 3

Getting invite to an all-star can help out a NFL Draft prospect rise his draft status if he takes advantage.

 

 

2018 NFL Draft: NFL Scouting Combine Results

By Justin VanFulpen

In the football business one of the closely guarded secrets before the official list is released is who is getting invited to the NFL Combine.  The NFL Combine is run by National Scouting and has become a televised event by the NFL Network.  For more information about how the NFL Combine invites work you can check out my article from a year ago: NFL Draft: NFL Combine just part of the process.

Now that the 2017 NFL Draft is in the books we can look at the results.  This year there were 336 players invited to the NFL Combineand their where 38 players that were drafted that did NOT go to the NFL Combine.  Break down as far as rounds go:

2nd round – 1 player
3rd round – 1 player
4th round – 1 player
5th round – 4 players
6th round – 12 players
7th round – 19 players

So 118 players that were invited to this year’s NFL Combine were not drafted.  So the percentage of players that were drafted that were invited to the NFL Combine was 64%, so it is far from a guarantee if you are invited that you will get selected in the NFL Draft.  Last year it was 68% of the players that were at the NFL Combine where drafted.

NFL Draft: 5 Year Draft Averages by Position (2018-2014)

By Justin VanFulpen

With the 2018 NFL Draft in the books here is the average amount of players drafted at each position over the past 5 years (2014-2018) and the highs and lows.

QB – Average amount drafted – 11.8 – High amount drafted 15 (2016) Low amount drafted 7 (2015)

RB– Average amount drafted – 21.0 – High amount drafted 26 (2017) Low amount drafted 19 (2014)

FB – Average amount drafted – 2.4 – High amount drafted 3 (2016,2015) Low amount drafted 2 (2018, 2017, 2014)

WR – Average amount drafted – 33.2 – High amount drafted 34 (2014,2015) Low amount drafted 32 (2017)

TE – Average amount drafted – 13.0 – High amount drafted 18 (2015) Low amount drafted 9 (2016)

OT – Average amount drafted – 20.6 – High amount drafted 26 (2015) Low amount drafted 16 (2017)

OG – Average amount drafted – 13.0 – High amount drafted 16 (2015) Low amount drafted 10 (2018)

C – Average amount drafted – 7.2 – High amount drafted 10 (2014) Low amount drafted 5 (2015,2017)

DE – Average amount drafted – 22.2 – High amount drafted 26 (2017) Low amount drafted 17 (2016)

DT – Average amount drafted – 20.2 – High amount drafted 22 (2016) Low amount drafted 18 (2015)

 LB – Average amount drafted – 34.8 – High amount drafted 39 (2018) Low amount drafted 28 (2017)

CB – Average amount drafted – 32.0 – High amount drafted 34 (2017) Low amount drafted 29 (2018)

S – Average amount drafted – 19.2 – High amount drafted 23 (2017) Low amount drafted 15 (2015)

K – Average amount drafted – 1.6 – High amount drafted 3 (2017) Low amount drafted 0 (2015)

P – Average amount drafted – 1.8 – High amount drafted 4 (2017) Low amount drafted 0 (2017)

 

Breakdown of what NFL Draft Grades are made up of per NFL Scouts

By Justin VanFulpen

Film (80%) – Your level of competition and how you played against the best level of competition you faced that year.  Each NFL team will view around 3 full games of your current season normally against who is the best competition. This also includes if a prospect plays in any of the college football all-star games.

Athletic Numbers (10%) – Height, Weight, Speed.  Teams are looking at the film first and then see if the prospect checks off the box in the athletic numbers per the position.

Injury History/Off Field/Football IQ (10%) –  Any major injuries, anything major off the field, love of the game, film study.  Scouts are check social media, talking to high school coaches, strength coaches, academic advisors, current coaches as they try to find out as much information on the prospect on and off the field.

NFL Draft: 5 Year Draft Averages by Position (2017-2013)

By Justin VanFulpen

With the 2018 NFL Draft a month away here is the average amount of players drafted at each position over the past 5 years (2013-2017) and the highs and lows.

QB – Average amount drafted – 11.4 – High amount drafted 15 (2016) Low amount drafted 7 (2015)

RB– Average amount drafted – 21.6 – High amount drafted 26 (2017) Low amount drafted 19 (2014)

FB – Average amount drafted – 2.6 – High amount drafted 3 (2016,2015) Low amount drafted 2 (2014)

WR – Average amount drafted – 32.2 – High amount drafted 34 (2014,2015) Low amount drafted 28 (2013)

TE – Average amount drafted – 13.4 – High amount drafted 18 (2015) Low amount drafted 9 (2016)

OT – Average amount drafted – 20.2 – High amount drafted 26 (2015) Low amount drafted 16 (2017)

OG – Average amount drafted – 14.6 – High amount drafted 18 (2013) Low amount drafted 12 (2017)

C – Average amount drafted – 6.6 – High amount drafted 10 (2014) Low amount drafted 5 (2013,2015,2017)

DE – Average amount drafted – 23.6 – High amount drafted 30 (2013) Low amount drafted 17 (2016)

DT – Average amount drafted – 20.0 – High amount drafted 22 (2016) Low amount drafted 18 (2015)

 LB – Average amount drafted – 32.4 – High amount drafted 37 (2015) Low amount drafted 27 (2013)

CB – Average amount drafted – 32.0 – High amount drafted 34 (2017) Low amount drafted 29 (2013)

S – Average amount drafted – 20.2 – High amount drafted 23 (2013,2017) Low amount drafted 15 (2015)

K – Average amount drafted – 1.6 – High amount drafted 3 (2017) Low amount drafted 0 (2015)

P – Average amount drafted – 1.4 – High amount drafted 3 (2016) Low amount drafted 0 (2017)