Over the last five years, defensive back is the most drafted position in the first round, averaging 5.8 picks per draft. Next is defensive end at 4.2, offensive tackle at 4.0 and linebackers and running backs at 3.4 each. The running backs figure is a bit surprising since its ranks are a fraction of the pool of defensive backs, linebackers, etc. We keep hearing about how running back isn’t a premium position, but their average selection per first round is not indicative of that claim. The least-drafted position in the first round is guard at .6, followed by center at .8 and tight end at 1.2. Quarterbacks have been selected in the first round at the average of 2.4 per year over the last five years. The five-year averages are similar to the averages of the last 20 years. Those figures are courtesy of Tony Villiotti of draftmetrics.com.
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