How Draft Round Affects an Offensive and Defensive Lineman’s Career Performance


Published: April 17, 2009


... I'll be looking at offensive and defensive linemen, to see if first rounders have a better, longer career than third or fourth-round linemen.

With Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe, Andre Smith, Aaron Maybin, and Tyson Jackson all projected to go in the top half of the first round, I chose to review linemen before running backs. Plus, there's not much to look at for either offensive or defensive linemen, so I fit them both into one article.

Offensive Linemen


Pro Bowls

The first graph below shows the chances of an offensive lineman making one, two, or three Pro Bowls in his career, by the round in which he was drafted.

After the first round, there's not much talent to be found. This is supported by the next graph, which shows the average number of care...

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