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Having just wrapped up my quarterback draft class series, I will now take a look at some of the statistical trends that this study yielded. In essence, this will be an encapsulation of all the interesting rankings and tidbits I???ve unearthed pertaining to NFL quarterbacks selected in the last ten drafts. I hope you enjoy!

I. Raw Statistics for NFL Draft Quarterbacks (1999-2008)

A) The Selections

1. Highest number of quarterbacks taken in a single draft: 17 (2004)

2. Fewest number of quarterbacks taken in a single draft: 10 (2007)

3. Highest number of quarterbacks taken in the first round: 5 (1999)

4. Fewest number of quarterbacks taken in the first round: 1 (2000 & 2001)

5. Average number of quarterbacks selected in a draft: 12.9

6. Median number of quarterbacks selected in a draft: 13.5

7. Mode number of quarterbacks selected in the draft: 13

8. Average number of quarterbacks selected in the first round: 2.8

9. Median number of quarterbacks selected in the first round: 3

10. Mode number of quarterbacks selected in the first round: 3

11. Highest number of current starters from a single draft: 5 (2005)

12. Percentage of drafted quarterbacks still in the league: 59% (76/129)

13. Combined percentage of drafted quarterbacks still in the league from 2008 and 2007: 100% (23/23)

14. Combined percentage of drafted quarterbacks still in the league from 1999 and 2000: 24% (6/25)

B) The Draft Rankings

1. 2004 (A)

2. 2008 (A-)

3. 2005 (B+)

4. 2007 (B+)

5. 2000 (B)

6. 2006 (C+)

7. 2003 (C)

8. 2001 (C-)

9. 2002 (D)

10. 1999 (D-)

C) Most QB-Hungry NFL Teams

1. San Francisco, Washington, and Baltimore have all selected six quarterbacks over the last ten drafts

2. Houston, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, San Diego, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay have all selected five.

D) Least QB-Hungry NFL Teams

1. Dallas, Indianapolis, and Kansas City have all selected only one quarterback over the last ten drafts.

2. Tennessee, Buffalo, Oakland, Carolina, and New Orleans have all only selected two.

E) Deepest Quarterback Wells at the Collegiate Level

1. LSU and Oregon have both had five quarterbacks selected in the last ten drafts, yet only one of those ten is currently starting (JaMarcus Russell).

2. Ohio State, Louisville, Michigan, and USC have all had four quarterbacks selected, yet only three of those sixteen are currently starting (Carson Palmer, Tom Brady, and Matt Cassel).

F) Deepest Quarterback Wells in Collegiate Conferences

1. The Pac-10 leads the group with 21 selected quarterbacks

2. SEC: 18

3. Big Ten: 16

4. ACC: 12

5. C-USA: 9

6. Big 12: 8

7. Big East: 7

8. FCS level: 6

9. MAC & MWC: 5

11. WAC: 4

12. INDEPENDENT: 2

G) Most Touchdown Passes Thrown

1. Tom Brady: 197

2.  Donovan McNabb: 194

3. Drew Brees: 168

4. Daunte Culpepper: 146

5. Aaron Brooks: 123

H) Most Interceptions Thrown

1. Daunte Culpepper: 100

2. Drew Brees: 99

3. Aaron Brooks: 92

4. Donovan McNabb: 90

5. Marc Bulger: 87

I) Most Passing Yards

1. Donovan McNabb: 29,320

2. Tom Brady: 26,446

3. Drew Brees: 26,258

4. Daunte Culpepper: 23,208

5. Marc Bulger: 21,345

J) Most Rushing Yards

1. Michael Vick: 3,859

2. Donovan McNabb: 3,109

3. Daunte Culpepper: 2,561

4. Aaron Brooks: 1,534

5. David Carr: 1,304

K) Most Rushing Touchdowns

1. Daunte Culpepper: 34

2. Donovan McNabb: 26

3. Michael Vick: 21

4. Aaron Brooks: 13

5. Vince Young & Ben Roethlisberger: 10

L) Most Fumbles

1. Daunte Culpepper: 98

2. Donovan McNabb: 73

3. David Carr: 69

4. Tom Brady: 65

5. Drew Brees: 47

M) Most Sacked

1. Donovan McNabb: 322

2. Daunte Culpepper: 284

3. David Carr: 263

4. Marc Bulger: 240

5. Tom Brady: 203

N) Most Accurate

1. Chad Pennington: 66.0%

2. Drew Brees:  63.9%

3. Carson Palmer: 63.7%

4. Daunte Culpepper: 63.3%

5. Tom Brady: 63.0%

O) Most Passing Yards per Game

1. Drew Brees: 245.4

2. Marc Bulger: 245.3

3. Jay Cutler: 243.9

4. Carson Palmer: 240.5

5. Daunte Culpepper: 239.3

P) Best Passer Rating

1. Tom Brady: 92.94

2. Philip Rivers: 92.91

3. Chad Pennington: 90.60

4. Drew Brees: 89.43

5. Ben Roethlisberger: 89.40

Q) Worst TD/INT Ratio (minimum 15 games)

1.  Andrew Walter: 0.19

2. Akili Smith: 0.38

3. Ken Dorsey: 0.44

4. Chris Weinke: 0.58

5. Alex Smith: 0.613

R) Best TD/INT Ratio (minimum 15 games)

1. Tom Brady: 2.29

2. Philip Rivers: 2.17

3. Donovan McNabb: 2.16

4. Aaron Rodgers: 2.07

5. Seneca Wallace: 1.83

 

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