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Earlier today, I was reading this article on NBC's Pro-Football Talk. It is an article about how the NFL's four remaining teams built their rosters. For those of you who don't trust me enough to click on the link, here is a picture from BusinessInsider.com that summarizes what was said:

 

(http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-how-much-remaining-nfl-playoff-teams-depend-on-draft-2011-1?utm_source=alerts)

 

This interesting look at the roster's of these teams got me thinking. I wondered what the chart would look like if we focused on the players that had larger roles on their respective teams. Therefore, I eliminated the back-ups that are only needed in case of emergency. So, I did a little research, and now I am presenting that information to you.

 Jets:

Players who started at least 10 games:

72.7% - Drafted
40.9% - Drafted by Jets
31.8% - Drafted by another team

27.3% - UDFA
13.6% - Signed by Jets
13.6% - Signed by another team

Players who played in at least ten games:

69.8% - Drafted
41.9% - Drafted by Jets
27.9% - Drafted by another team

30.2% - Undrafted Free Agent
18.6% - Undrafted Free Agent signed by Jets
11.6% - Undrafted Free Agent signed by another team

Steelers:

Players who started at least 10 games:

89.5% - Drafted
78.9% - Drafted by Steelers
10.5% - Drafted by another team

9.5% - UDFA
4.8% - Signed by Steelers
4.8% - Signed by another team

Players who played in at least 10 games:

81.0% - Drafted
59.5% - Drafted by Steelers
21.4% - Drafted by another team

19.0% - UDFA
16.7% - Signed by Steelers
2.4% - Signed by another team

Packers:

Players who started at least 10 games:

94.4% - Drafted
77.8% - Drafted by Packers
16.7% - Drafted by another team

5.6% - UDFA
5.6% - Signed by Packers
0.0% - Signed by another team

Players who played in at least 10 games:

75.0% - Drafted
67.5% - Drafted by Packers
7.5% - Drafted by another team

25.0% - UDFA
22.5% - Signed by Packers
2.5% - Signed by another team

Bears:

Players who started at least 10 games:

90.9% - Drafted
50.0% - Drafted by Bears
40.9% - Drafted by another team

9.1% - UDFA
9.1% - Signed by Bears
0.0% - Signed by another team

Players who played in at least 10 games:

86.0% - Drafted
53.4% - Drafted by Bears
32.6% - Drafted by another team

14.0% - UDFA
11.6% - Signed by the Bears
2.3% - Signed by another team

After learning of this information, I delved further in my research and wanted to see in which rounds the players, who were drafted by their current teams, were taken in.

Jets:

50.0% - First Round
5.6% - Second Round
16.7% - Third Round
16.7% - Fourth Round
5.6% - Fifth Round
5.6% - Sixth Round
0.0% - Seventh Round

Steelers:

29.6% - First Round
14.8% - Second Round
18.5% - Third Round
14.8% - Fourth Round
7.4% - Fifth Round
7.4% - Sixth Round
7.4%- Seventh Round

Packers:

19.2% - First round
26.9% - Second Round
7.7% - Third Round
7.7% - Fourth Round
7.7% - Fifth Round
15.4% - Sixth Round
15.4% - Seventh Round

Bears:

17.4% - First Round
17.4% - Second Round
21.7% - Third Round
8.7% - Fourth Round
17.4% - Fifth Round
8.7% - Sixth Round
8.7% - Seventh Round


There you have it. In review, let's rank these teams in some of these categories, shall we?
(All of the below pertain to players who started at least ten games.)

Highest percentage of drafted players:
1.) Packers (94.4%)
2.) Bears (90.9%)
3.) Steelers (89.5%)
4.) Jets (72.7%)

Highest percentage of players drafted by the team itself:
1.) Steelers (78.9%)
2.) Packers (77.8%)
3.) Bears (50.0%)
4.) Jets (40.9%)

Highest percentage of players drafted by another team:
1.) Bears (40.9%)
2.) Jets (31.8%)
3.) Packers (16.7%)
4.) Steelers (10.5%)

Highest percentage of undrafted players:
1.) Jets (27.3%)
2.) Steelers (9.5%)
3.) Bears (9.1%)
4.) Packers (5.6%)

Highest percentage of undrafted players signed by the team itself:
1.) Jets (13.6%)
2.) Bears (9.1%)
3.) Packers (5.6%)
4.) Steelers (4.8%)

Highest percentage of undrafted players signed by another team:
1.) Jets (13.6%)
2.) Steelers (4.8%)
T3.) Packers (0.0%)
T3.) Bears (0.0%)


Take from this what you will. To me, all this shows is that certain teams are better in some areas than the others. The Bears and the Jets appear to be adept at projecting players from other teams into their system and correctly assessing how they will perform for their team. The Packers and Steelers, on the other hand, according to these statistics, are better at projecting players from college into their system and then developing those players.

Notes:

  • All information, other than the aforementioned PFT and BusinessInsider articles, was taken from Pro-Football-Reference.
  • I hope I did that picture right.
January 23, 2011  04:25 PM ET

Damn, the picture isn't working on my computer. The link below it will take you to the article where you can find it.

January 23, 2011  04:32 PM ET

Looks like a good way to measure General Managers.

January 23, 2011  04:34 PM ET

What's really interesting to me is that the Jets struggle near the end of the draft (Rounds 6 and 7) yet are great at finding undrafted talent.

 
January 23, 2011  04:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Looks like a good way to measure General Managers.

Or, rather, specific GM's strengths -- Who is better in free agency, and who is better in the draft.

As for your second comment, that's a great point. I didn't think about that. The Jets have, by a fairly sizable amount, the highest percentage of UDFA's that play a large role for their team, but also have the lowest percentage of sixth and seventh rounders. Very interesting.

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