The NFL Draft: What High Draft Picks Turn Into Stars?


Published: April 9, 2009


... Draft: Need Line Help? Don’t Wait. In that article, we looked at players who were drafted after pick No. 200. As we were doing this research, we were struck by the lack of offensive and defensive linemen in this group—thus the title of that article.


We also read comments from two readers who noted that “undrafted” players were not included in our sample, and one specifically asked if we would do a similar article which explored the mighty undrafted.


This seemed like a grand idea, and we decided to come up with an approach that would look at both drafted and undrafted players on a position-by-position basis evenly.  What can we say?  We love analytical challenges at

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