ESPN’s 538 Says Ohio State’s 2016 NFL Draft Class Is The Best In Modern History

first_imgFiveThirtyEight chart about 2016 Ohio State draft class.ESPN 538Ohio State fell a little bit short of breaking its own NFL Draft record this past weekend. The Buckeyes had 12 players selected in the 2016 Draft; the record is 14 by OSU in 2004. That’s not stopping one outlet from proclaiming OSU’s 2016 NFL Draft performance as the “most impressive in modern NFL history,” though. ESPN’s 538, a statistics-based website run by stats guru Nate Silver, has detailed why the Buckeyes’ 12 NFL Draft pick class is the best in the history of the modern NFL Draft. Ohio State’s draft class is the most impressive in modern NFL history:— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) May 4, 2016The Buckeyes’ quantity of draft picks isn’t the best ever, but their quality is, 538 says. But although Ohio State was not exactly hurting in the quantity department, the quality of those picks sets the team apart. Consider, for example, that although the Texas Longhorns had 17 players drafted in 1984, eight of those players were selected with the 180th pick or later; conversely, all 12 Ohio State players were selected in the first four rounds, with Jones being the last pick at number 139. Using the draft value chart, which assigns the average marginal approximate value produced by each draft pick, we can give more weight to the best picks to provide a more accurate measure of class strength.Ohio State’s 12 picks had a total “draft value” of 151.2, the most since Notre Dame in 1946, which had 16 picks and a draft value of 170.4. The previous best draft class in modern NFL history was Miami’s in 2004. Ohio State’s 2016 class beat the Hurricanes’ total draft value by 31.7 percent. That Hurricanes draft was great, with Sean Taylor (fifth overall), Kellen Winslow Jr. (sixth), Jonathan Vilma (12th), D.J. Williams (17th), Vernon Carey (19th) and Vince Wilfork (21st) all selected in the first round. But after those six players, Miami didn’t have another player drafted until the seventh round. By contrast, the Buckeyes had five first-round picks, two more in the second round, three in the third and two more in the fourth.You can read 538’s full explanation here.last_img

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