The National Football League (NFL) is characterized as a dynamic sports league. The game has continued to evolve over time as rules and skill levels have developed and changed. Consequently, the strategies employed by the league’s teams have evolved and the variety of strategies has increased in number. This paper aims to analyze the NFL draft. It will seek to find an optimal drafting strategy and develop a forecasting formula as a way to predict a college player’s future success in the NFL. It will look at the varying level of value certain positions provide to teams and which positions are most valuable. In addition, it will seek to determine the amount of value a team can expect a player to provide based on the round he was drafted in and the position he plays.
Recommended CitationNiles, David, "What Makes NFL Franchises Successful? A Value-Based Analysis of the NFL Draft" (2010). Honors Projects in Economics. Paper 13.