Snap Judgments in the NFL – Good read

When it comes to the NFL Draft, which takes place this weekend, the Indianapolis Colts are exceptionally good at picking productive players, while the Cleveland Browns are not. The Baltimore Ravens have made the best picks in the first round since 1997, but over the full seven rounds, nobody’s better than the Arizona Cardinals.
And here’s a bit of a surprise: Some of the NFL’s best teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, haven’t distinguished themselves at all in the draft.

Conclusions are based on a comprehensive study of the results of eight NFL drafts between 1997 and 2004 conducted for The Wall Street Journal by Michael Fry, an operations-management professor at Cornell University.

wsj.com
4/24/09