The positions that dominate the early rounds of the NFL Draft

It’s no secret that NFL teams value some positions over others when it comes to the NFL Draft. As a result, teams are almost certainly reaching for those positions early in the draft.

For example, teams consistently draft more quarterbacks, offensive linemen, defensive linemen, and defensive backs in the first round than in the second round, even though there’s no reason to believe there are more top players at those positions than any other. At the same time we see an overabundance of running backs, linebackers, and tight ends in the second round, suggesting teams are getting some first-round talents at a value at those positions.

The lines tend to settle down starting in the third round. But the lines are all over the place early on.

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