How Draft Round Affects a Running Back’s Career Performance


Published: April 18, 2009


... those sixth- and seventh-round steals, or even the guys picked in the first round who panned out as planned?

I've gone through quarterbacks and linemen so far. Next up in this series, I'll be looking at running backs. Do all those first-round busts mean that all first-round backs are off-limits?

(Note: For those running backs that were picked but did not play, I filled in their missing stats with those of Anthony Thompson, a second-round pick in 1990 with the fifth-worst yards-per-attempt average of all backs with more than 250 attempts; coincidentally, he had 251 career attempts.)


Pro Bowls

The graph below shows the percentage of players who made at least one, two, or three Pro Bowls in their career.

After the second round, the pickings are slim.

Notice the spikes at the fifth round. The number of ...

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