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Study Of NFL Draft Pick Retention By Team

By the looks of things, all 32 NFL teams appear to have settled on their initial 53 man rosters for the 2015 season and with that now down, I was able to play with those results in order to show you a few numbers.

For starters, as of Tuesday night, 217 of the 256 players drafted this year were kept in some form or fashion by the teams that selected them. That does not include practice squads, however. Of those 39 players who were waived, three of them belonged to the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, two of those three players, cornerback Doran Grant and outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo, were signed to the team’s practice squad.

By my count, 10 teams kept all of their draft picks this year either on their initial 53 man roster, Reserve/PUP, or Reserve/Injured.

I also did a quick study to find out which teams have retained the highest percentage of their draft picks dating back to 2011. You might be surprised to learn that the Cincinnati Bengals currently lead the way in that category as they still have 32 of the 45 picks (71.1%) they made since 2011 still under contract.

The Steelers, as you can see in the table below, are right in the middle of the pack as 25 of the 42 draft picks that they have made since 2011 are still under contract. Had they kept Grant and Chicckillo on their 53, they would’ve been in fourth place on the list.

I also wanted to look at how many former draft picks remain on the team that originally drafted them and once again, the Bengals lead the way as 42 players that they originally selected are still under contract. The Steelers, however, currently have 32 of their former draft picks still under contract and that includes cornerback William Gay and tight end Matt Spaeth, who both left via free agency a few years ago to play for other teams.
2015 NFL DRAFT PICKS

TEAM PICKS STILL ON TEAM TOTAL PICKS MADE % RETAINED
CIN 9 9 100.0%
CHI 6 6 100.0%
NYG 6 6 100.0%
DET 7 7 100.0%
NYJ 6 6 100.0%
CAR 5 5 100.0%
ARZ 7 7 100.0%
SD 5 5 100.0%
SF 10 10 100.0%
NO 9 9 100.0%
MIN 9 10 90.0%
OAK 9 10 90.0%
TEN 8 9 88.9%
BAL 8 9 88.9%
KC 8 9 88.9%
DAL 7 8 87.5%
GB 7 8 87.5%
IND 7 8 87.5%
HOU 6 7 85.7%
MIA 6 7 85.7%
CLE 10 12 83.3%
NE 9 11 81.8%
WAS 8 10 80.0%
SL 7 9 77.8%
DEN 7 9 77.8%
JAX 6 8 75.0%
TB 5 7 71.4%
ATL 5 7 71.4%
BUF 4 6 66.7%
PHI 4 6 66.7%
PIT 5 8 62.5%
SEA 5 8 62.5%

DRAFT PICK RETENTION 2011-2015

TEAM ON ROSTER TOTAL PICKS % RETAINED
CIN 32 45 71.1%
CHI 21 31 67.7%
TEN 26 39 66.7%
JAX 23 36 63.9%
MIN 31 49 63.3%
NYG 22 35 62.9%
DET 23 37 62.2%
HOU 26 42 61.9%
NYJ 24 39 61.5%
BAL 27 44 61.4%
CAR 19 31 61.3%
ARZ 23 38 60.5%
SL 27 45 60.0%
PIT 25 42 59.5%
SD 19 32 59.4%
MIA 23 39 59.0%
SF 29 50 58.0%
DEN 22 38 57.9%
KC 23 40 57.5%
DAL 22 39 56.4%
TB 19 34 55.9%
OAK 24 43 55.8%
GB 25 46 54.3%
IND 19 35 54.3%
NE 23 43 53.5%
ATL 19 36 52.8%
WAS 24 46 52.2%
NO 16 31 51.6%
BUF 20 39 51.3%
CLE 22 43 51.2%
SEA 21 47 44.7%
PHI 17 41 41.5%

ORIGINAL DRAFT PICKS STILL ON TEAM

TEAM FORMER PICKS STILL UNDER CONTRACT
CIN 42
MIN 37
GB 37
BAL 33
PIT 32
SF 32
NE 32
SL 31
TEN 30
HOU 30
DET 29
NYJ 28
KC 28
ARZ 27
DAL 27
WAS 27
DEN 26
JAX 25
NYG 25
MIA 25
OAK 25
BUF 25
CLE 25
SEA 25
ATL 24
CAR 23
SD 23
CHI 22
IND 21
TB 20
NO 20
PHI 20
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