Of course they are, right ? I mean the NFL has a whole day devoted to covering just the first round. NFL front offices are often times reluctant to part ways with them, ESPN experts are constantly telliing us about the, "first round prospects" that will turn our teams around. Simply put first round picks are gold, they are invaluable, they are most certinaly not to be parted with... Right ?
I've done some research looking at the number of pro bowlers in each draft since 2005. The best success indicator ? Nope, completely irrelevant ? Nope.
2005: 12 pro bowlers (38%)
2006: 16 pro bowlers (50%)
2007: 10 pro bowlers (31%)
2008: 7 pro bowlers (21%)
2009: 5 pro bowlers (16%)
2010: 4 pro bowlers (13%)
These numbers were fascinating to me, 2006 was by far the draft with the highest percent of first round pro bowlers, and at that it was only 50%. These numbers are a great conversation starter. Why don't more teams move up ? Should Seattle move up ? Will they move up ? Why or why not ? Talk about it here