NFL draft’s first three rounds by the numbers

After 98 picks in three rounds, what do the numbers say about which positions, conferences and underclassmen did best?

Two days. Three rounds. Ninety-eight picks. Seven hours, 30 minutes. Hacked Twitter accounts with bong videos. Tears of joy, sighs of relief, overextended and uncomfortable hugs with the commissioner, and trading up in the second round for a kicker.

After all that, what do all the numbers say about the NFL’s first two days of the NFL draft?

Let’s review the first three round by the numbers.


  • A total of 50 underclassmen made up the first 98 picks, including eight of the top 10, and 21 of the 31 picks in the first round.
  • Of the underclassmen selected, defensive back was the most popular position with 11 of their 22 picks at the position being underclassmen. Linebacker was next with eight underclassmen. All 10 of Ohio State’s draft picks in the first three rounds were underclassmen.
  • A total of 24 trades were made involving picks in the first three rounds, including 10 on Friday, five on Thursday and nine made in the weeks, months and year leading up to the draft. The top two picks in the draft were traded in the weeks leading up to the draft, with the Los Angeles Rams trading up to No. 1 to take QB Jared Goff and the Philadelphia Eagles trading up to No. 2 and taking QB Carson Wentz.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave up third- and fourth-round picks in this year’s draft to move into the second round and select kicker Roberto Aguayo.
  • This draft was supposed to be deep with defensive linemen and it showed in the first three rounds. Breaking down the first 98 picks by position: five centers, two guards, 10 offensive tackles, three tight ends, nine wide receivers, six quarterbacks, four running backs, 10 defensive ends, 13 defensive tackles, 13 linebackers, 22 defensive backs and one kicker (Aguayo) were taken.
  • Ohio State dominated the first three rounds with 10 selections (the whole Pac 12 had 10 picks), and the Big Ten was barely the winner of the first two days when looking at conferences. The tally by conference: American Athletic Conference 2, Atlantic Coast Conference 14, Big Ten 23, Big 12 9, Conference USA 2, Independent 7, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 1, Missouri Valley Football Conference 1, Mountain West Conference 5, Ohio Valley Conference 1, Pacific 12 Conference 10, Southeastern Conference 22, Southern Conference 1.
  • With Ohio State having the most underclassmen selected (10), the Big 10 had the most underclassmen with 12. The SEC was next with 11.

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