Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by MrNathanDrake, May 6, 2014.
5th an 7th are anomalies, but UDFA is about where I expect it
Interesting. According to today's Denver Post, 29.9% of all players who appeared on active NFL rosters at some time last year were UDFAs.
So the Pats are above league average then.
I suspect so, but I'm not sure. I believe the Post stat referred to a member pool which included every player on an active roster at any time last season. Your numbers, I believe reflect current Pats roster members, correct?
Yes, our 65 man roster is 43% free agents. I expect that to INCREASE in the next 2 weeks to about 50% as we add 8 draft choices and about 17 more UDFA's.
So, what's the point?
A large percentage of the 53 man roster of all teams is composed of lowly-paid UDFA's. The draft is only the first 7 rounds of choices. Many more are made after the first 7 rounds.
If you reverse the arithmetic, you will find that 1st rounders play (start and excel) more than 2nd rounders who perform better than 3rd rounders, all the way through the rounds.
If you look at Pro Bowl rosters, theres a ton of UDFA on them.
I was shocked when I saw this, but then I realized the recent signing of 1st round pick DE Will Smith is inflating that 1st round number.
Seattle marketing presentation on UDFAs (interesting NE stats also):
I also found it interesting that the two bottom teams for UDFAs are the Giants and Jets. I thought New York was a popular destination for players.
Which just underscores the fact that the draft is largely an over-hyped crapshoot.
Not really. UDFA % are inflated by long snappers, back up OLinemen, punters, kickers, and special teamers.
Look at QB,WR,DE,CB... the really premium positions. Most of the elite ones are Rd 1-3 picks, with very few UDFA there.
Yeah, by the time you get to Round Six, you're really just getting the dregs...not even worth hanging around to make a pick that far down.
One of those teams seems to have been smart about that...the other, not so much.
You only get 1 first rounder a year, you can sign as many UDFA as you want in the offseason, really not surprising that there are that many...
I'd be curious to see what the breakdown was just for starters.
I suppose that analysis would take me about 7 minutes at Patriots.com/roster and a pencil/piece of paper.
Yeah! UDFA are great! Except the probably not starters or high end starters.
First I will try Google then I will may look at Patriots.com
Don't forget that a lot of the UDFA that are currently on the team's roster will not be on the 53-man roster in September, so that percentage of UDFAs may be a bit misleading.
I assume a 3-WR offense and a 4-2-5 base defense, plus the kickers:
1: (8) Solder, Mankins, Jones, Wilfork, Hightower, Mayo, Revis, McCourty
2: (3) LaFell/Dobson, Vollmer, Gronkowski
3: (2) Ridley, Harmon/Ryan
4: (1) Gostkowski
5: (1) Ninkovich
6: (1) Brady
7: (1) Edelman
Not: (7) Amendola, Wendell, Connolly, Kelly, Browner, Arrington, Allen
Danny Amendola, kind of gets a bad rap around here but he is a starting quality player, UDFA. Wes Welker was a UDFA, Thompkins was UDFA, had a pretty productive season. Bolden was UDFA, productive in RB committee, BJGE was a UDFA for us before getting a big contract with Cinci. Wendell was undrafted, he's been up and down, really good in 2012 in 2013 took a step back but was resigned to a deal for pretty good money, Arrington was UDFA, good in the slot but surpassed on the depth chart do to recent talent acquisitions. You can't have an a first or second rounder at every position, even if you hit 100% of all 1st and 2nd round picks it would take 11 years to build a team and that's just the starters not to mention sub package and depth, and you have to re-sign the players when they hit free agency because the rookie contract is only 4-5 years.
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