5 fun (boring?) facts from the wacky running back heavy draft last night
1. 11 Running backs were taken in the first 12 picks. This is easily the most in YFFL history. the next highest total was 7 in 2006.
2. No Wide Receivers were drafted in the top 10. One would think that this happens quite frequently in the YFFL, but in reality it has happened only one other time. That would be in 2006 when Greg Jennings was the first WR taken at the #11 spot
3. Ryan Grant was the first non-rookie to be taken in the top 5 in 7 years. Not only at running back, but at any position. The last time a non-rookie was taken in the top 5? You guessed it, 2001 when two players had that honor. Garrison Hearst at #2 to the Huskers and Trent Green at #4 to the beans
4. Matt Ryan was drafted 7th by the Mallards. The next QB taken was Joe Flacco at #26 by the Huskers. That means 18 picks went by before the second quarterback was taken. The next longest stretch of draft picks before QB #2 was taken happened way back in 2000 when Kurt Warner went second to the Buddies, and Steve Bueurlein went 11th to the Eaters (9 picks).
5. This year we saw running backs take up the first six picks of the draft. Never before have that many players at one position started off the draft. The next highest is 2005 when 4 running backs were pciked. The 2005 draft is generally regarded as one of the worst drafts in YFFL history, and those top 4 backs show why: Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams, Cedric Benson, and JJ Arrington. Yikes.