Inside The Bills

A league ranking of last 5 drafts

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2013 – 3:54 pm

The Bills have had GM Buddy Nix at the helm for just three of the past five years, but even counting the two years prior to his move into the personnel boss’ seat, Buffalo still has a respectable ranking for their draft classes of the past five years.

DraftMetrics.com has put together a comprehensive look at the success rate of each NFL club with their draft choices over the past five years (2008-2012) and subsequently ranked them.

Among the criteria used were:
1 – Total number of games started with earlier years in a player’s career being more heavily weighted.
2 – Number of players drafted that were active for 2012 (injured players that missed the season were not counted)
3 – Average share of annual starts (with all years evenly weighted)
4 – Number of players that were selected as original Pro Bowl players (replacements do not count)

So over the last five years, the Bills rank a very respectable 11th overall. Here’s the whole list.

Five year rankings
Rk  Teams  Index
1 – Chiefs  100.0
2 – Dolphins  95.7
3 – Cardinals  95.0
4 – Browns  93.7
5 – Eagles  93.3
6 – Bucs  92.5
7 – Broncos  90.3
8 – Seahawks  88.3
9 – Patriots  86.1
10 – Lions  84.8
11 – Bills  83.9
12 – Falcons  82.6
13 – Titans  82.5
14 – Packers  81.8
15 – Raiders  80.9
16 – Texans  80.1
17 – Panthers  79.6
18 – Rams  79.1
19 – Colts  75.9
20 – Vikings  75.2
21 – Ravens  73.6
22 – Bengals  72.1
23 – Jaguars  70.1
24 – 49ers  69.9
25 – Bears  67.7
26 – Redskins  64.9
27 – Steelers  61.2
28 – Jets  59.1
29 – Giants  55.6
30 – Saints  55.1
31 – Cowboys  54.1
32 – Chargers  52.7


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