Last week, as part of the Around the Draft series, we posted break downs for each of the AFC East teams. In those profiles we not only referenced the active roster draft batting averages, but a calculated active roster undrafted percentage, which is another element to the way in which we hope to find an answer to the question ‘do teams that draft better perform better’.
In our search we started by examining how much ‘homegrown’ talent was on team rosters, which netted us the draft batting averages. However, since there are a number of ways to build a roster, we next investigated how many players made NFL rosters without ever having been drafted.
To date we have only examined the 2009 data, so we are not attempting to draw any conclusions from our analysis. If anything, we are hoping to lay the foundation for a metric that will hopefully shed some light on the correlation between success in the draft and success on the field.
As you will see from the figures presented below, we could argue that there is no discernible connection between the number of undrafted players on the team’s active roster and wins. Based on 2009 roster information alone, half of the 2009 playoff teams had more than the league average of 15 undrafted players on their rosters, including both Super Bowl XLIV participants.
With 22 players the 1-15 St. Louis Rams led the league with the most undrafted players on its roster. However, Indianapolis was second with 20, which only reinforces the notion that it is much to early to draw any conclusions.