FLOWERY BRANCH – A quick report from around the league reveals that the Falcons are amongst the leaders in a key category.
(A special thanks to Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer for compiling and sharing the data.)
Successful teams in the NFL build through the draft. It’s no coincidence that the Cleveland Browns only have 17 of their draft picks on the 53-man roster, which was submitted at the Saturday deadline.
Green Bay, generally considered a playoff contender, led the league with 36 drafted players.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers are second with 35 drafted players.
The Falcons were eighth with 31.
Indianapolis (34) and New England (32), two teams the Falcons have patterned themselves after, are also near the top the list.
The number includes only drafted players on the 53-man roster, not including undrafted free agents or guys on injured reserve of the physically unable to perform list.
A total of 12 of 22 projected starters were originally drafted by the Falcons. Seven of those projected starters were drafted by Dimitroff.
Another key factor in Dimitroff’s drafts has been his focus on drafting seniors that have been consistent and who improved over their collegiate careers. (And who didn’t play in the Big Ten!)
Over the last three drafts, 24 of the 26 players that the Falcons have selected were college
seniors, while 15 were either named or voted team captain by their coaches or peers.
Here’s a list of teams and how many players they drafted who made their 53-man roster.
TEAM DRAFTED PLAYERS
Green Bay 36
New England 32
San Francisco 32
New York Giants 31
Tampa Bay 29
San Diego 28
Kansas City 24
St. Louis 24
New Orleans 23
New York Jets 21