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    That was a pretty cool article. I just had time to skim it, but what jumped right out to me was this. There were more starts by UDFA's (14%) in the league, than 3rd rounders and only 2% less than 2nd rounders. I think that's a pretty astounding number, made more amazing by the fact that its been that way for the last 10 years.

    Clearly UDFA's make up a significant number of starters. A number larger than all but the top 2 rounds in the draft. Obviously its a key element in roster development. Those teams that do it well, are the teams that DO well....like our Pats.
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    One thing to keep in mind is that there is one 2nd rounder per team, and 2-6 udfas per team.

    What I found fascinating was that 2 7th rounders were more likely than a 4th to start, and almost as likely as a 3rd. Really gives interesting perspective to those trades where Mad Bill demands a late pick to finalize deals.
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    I found it interesting that Belichick and the Patriots were 5th for SEC (makes sense with Nick Saban at LSU & Alabama and Urban Meyer at Florida).

    It also makes sense that New England is lowest on FCS/D-II schools as most of the coaches that Belichick is friends with came from FBS programs (Pat Hill, Kirk Ferentz, Nick Saban, Al Groh, Charlie Weis, etc.)
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    Yep. Since 120+ UDFA get signed after the draft each year, even at a lower success rate you'd see more break into the league than 7th rounders, of which there are 30+ per year.

    That is fascinating. Here's the explanation I'd offer up. Outside of the first 3 rounds the draft is pretty much a "crapshoot" so to speak*. How much worse is a 7th rounder than a 4th rounder? I think teams just generally use the 4th rounders on boom/bust guys they want a shot at, and use the 7th rounders on reliable but limited players. A stat such as starts is more likely to favor reliable/limited players, a pool for whom there is always need, than the boom/bust mid-late picks, like the 'QB who could maybe be a WR or maybe end up flipping burgers' types.



    * - While the 3rd round success rate is low I firmly believe a top GM can work the 3rd round at a distinctly higher success rate than the "weak" parts of the draft, so I would include it with the 1st and 2nd as distinctly more valuable than the rest of the draft.
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    Damned Skippy. :cool:

    This is a major reason why I'm always advocating Trade Downs & accumulation of Draft Picks.

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