10 Years of First Round Draft Picks, Financially

10 Years of First Round Draft Picks, Financially
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With the 2015 NFL draft now less than a week away, we've taken a detailed look at the past decade of first round selections, walking down the financial paths of each player to formulate an analysis of how each position has faired.
Positional Spending & Trends
The following table displays data for players selected in the first round from the 2005-2014 NFL drafts, organized by position. Here we're showing the number of players drafted, how many remain active in the league, the combined career earnings to date, the average career earnings to date.

In addition, we've followed the paths of these players to track how they've progressed contractually in their careers. Players under Team Control with their Drafted Team represents players who are still with the team that drafted them, and are playing out their rookie contract, tender/option years, or franchise tags.

We've also designated figures for players who have signed long-term extensions with the team that drafted them, players who have been allowed to test free agency, or players that were Released, Traded, or Retired from their drafted team.

Note: Select a position to view a more detailed breakdown.
Pos. Picks Still Active Total
Career Earnings
Average
Career Earnings
Drafted Team Control Extended by Drafted Team Reached Free Agency Traded, Cut, Retired
QB 27 22 $941,762,943 $34,880,109 8 (30%) 6 (22%) 1 (3%) 12 (44%)
RB 24 12 $585,160,392 $24,381,683 1 (4%) 8 (33%) 8 (33%) 7 (29%)
WR 36 26 $695,027,207 $19,306,311 15 (41%) 3 (8%) 6 (16%) 12 (33%)
TE 9 7 $215,115,662 $23,901,740 2 (22%) 4 (44%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%)
OT 35 29 $901,540,546 $25,758,301 14 (40%) 10 (28%) 4 (11%) 7 (20%)
OG 16 15 $244,545,818 $15,284,113 7 (43%) 2 (12.5%) 5 (31%) 2 (12.5%)
OC 6 6 $121,096,378 $20,182,729 1 (17%) 5 (83%) 0 0
DT 22 17 $476,729,398 $21,669,518 7 (32%) 3 (13%) 8 (36%) 4 (18%)
DE 37 26 $711,551,016 $19,231,108 14 (38%) 7 (19%) 5 (13.5%) 11 (29%)
LB 49 40 $955,924,680 $19,508,666 21 (43%) 12 (24%) 5 (10%) 11 (22%)
CB 38 30 $661,305,293 $17,402,770 14 (37%) 6 (15%) 8 (21%) 10 (26%)
S 20 17 $428,018,564 $21,400,928 8 (40%) 4 (20%) 4 (20%) 4 (20%)
 
Quarterbacks
Matthew Stafford's $101.6 million leads all quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2005.

Two to four quarterbacks have been selected in the first round fairly regularly over the past decade, with the exception of 2013, where only E.J. Manuel was drafted by the Bills (and many think that was a reach).

27 quarterbacks have been selected in the first round since 2005, drafted from 23 different colleges from 16 different states, combining for $941,762,943 in total earnings. 8 quarterbacks are still under their rookie contract/tender/tag with the team that drafted him, 6 have been extended, 12 have been released or traded, and 1 has been allowed to hit the free agent open market. In total, 22 of them are still active in the league.

Quick Facts

Figures based on quarterbacks selected in the first round since 2005.

Draft Picks:27
Still Active:22
Total Career Earnings:$941,762,943
Average Career Earnings:$34,880,109
Under Draft Team Control:8 (30%)
Extended by Draft Team:6 (22%)
Reached Free Agency:1 (3%)
Traded, Cut, or Retired:12 (44%)
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Player Draft Team Draft Year Current Team Progress Earnings to Date Status
1 Matthew Stafford DET 2009 DET Extended $101,671,469 active
2 Aaron Rodgers GB 2005 GB Extended $99,623,256 active
3 Matt Ryan ATL 2008 ATL Extended $94,450,000 active
4 Jay Cutler DEN 2006 CHI Traded/Extended $75,659,307 active
5 Joe Flacco BAL 2008 BAL Extended $74,792,500 active
6 Alex Smith SF 2005 KC Traded/Extended $66,975,000 active
7 Sam Bradford STL 2010 PHI Traded $65,060,000 active
8 Mark Sanchez NYJ 2009 PHI Extended/Cut $64,392,500 active
9 JaMarcus Russell OAK 2007 N/A Cut $39,365,000 inactive
10 Vince Young TEN 2006 N/A Cut $35,382,500 retired
11 Josh Freeman TB 2009 MIA Cut $28,265,001 active
12 Jason Campbell WAS 2005 CIN Extended/Traded $23,219,500 active
13 Cam Newton CAR 2011 CAR Option $21,984,498 active
14 Matt Leinart ARI 2006 N/A Cut $18,810,000 inactive
15 Andrew Luck IND 2012 IND Option $18,703,271 active
16 Robert Griffin III WAS 2012 WAS Entry-Level $17,829,221 active
17 Jake Locker TEN 2011 N/A Retired $12,586,002 retired
18 Blaine Gabbert JAC 2011 SF Traded $12,001,646 active
19 Brady Quinn CLE 2007 N/A Traded $10,919,602 inactive
20 Ryan Tannehill MIA 2012 MIA Option $10,550,979 active
21 Christian Ponder MIN 2011 OAK Free Agency $10,158,698 active
22 Tim Tebow DEN 2010 PHI Traded $9,687,500 active
23 Brandon Weeden CLE 2012 DAL Cut $8,080,308 active
24 Blake Bortles JAC 2014 JAC Entry-Level $7,090,836 active
25 E.J. Manuel BUF 2013 BUF Entry-Level $6,055,913 active
26 Johnny Manziel CLE 2014 CLE Entry-Level $4,726,980 active
27 Teddy Bridgewater MIN 2014 MIN Entry-Level $3,721,456 active
 
Running Backs
Adrian Peterson's future with the Vikings is largely up in the air. The 30 year old has $45 million remaining on his current contract, running through the 2017 season.

Widely considered a de-valued position across the league, no team has selected a running back in the first round since the 2012 draft. It's been heavily rumored that one, maybe even two backs might find their way into the first round in 2015.

24 running backs have been selected in the first round since 2005, drafted from 20 different colleges from 17 different states. The players have combined for $585,160,392 in total earnings. Of the 24, 1 is still under their rookie contract with the team that drafted him, 8 have been extended, 7 have been released or traded, and 8 have been allowed to hit the free agent open market. In total, 12 of them are still active in the league.

Quick Facts

Figures based on running backs selected in the first round since 2005.

Draft Picks:24
Still Active:12
Total Career Earnings:$585,160,392
Average Career Earnings:$24,381,683
Under Draft Team Control:1 (4%)
Extended by Draft Team:8 (33%)
Reached Free Agency:8 (33%)
Traded, Cut, or Retired:7 (29%)
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Player Draft Team Draft Year Current Team Progress Earnings to Date Status
1 Adrian Peterson MIN 2007 MIN Extended $71,780,000 active
2 Reggie Bush NO 2006 SF Extended/Traded $59,273,931 active
3 Darren McFadden OAK 2008 DAL Free Agency $45,448,418 active
4 Chris Johnson TEN 2008 N/A Extended/Cut $42,822,510 inactive
5 DeAngelo Williams CAR 2006 PIT Extended/Cut $42,125,000 active
6 Marshawn Lynch BUF 2007 SEA Traded/Extended $37,456,346 active
7 Jonathan Stewart CAR 2008 CAR Extended $33,265,000 active
8 Ronnie Brown MIA 2005 N/A Extended/Traded $30,473,382 inactive
9 Cedric Benson CHI 2005 N/A Cut $25,476,706 inactive
10 Carnell Williams TB 2005 N/A Free Agency $21,240,900 inactive
11 Knowshon Moreno DEN 2009 N/A Free Agency $20,079,000 inactive
12 C.J. Spiller BUF 2010 NO Free Agency $20,020,416 active
13 Ryan Mathews SD 2010 PHI Free Agency $19,420,050 active
14 Trent Richardson CLE 2012 OAK Traded/Cut $17,117,765 active
15 Joseph Addai IND 2006 N/A Extended $16,970,000 inactive
16 Donald Brown IND 2009 SD Free Agency $14,435,000 active
17 Rashard Mendenhall PIT 2008 N/A Free Agency $13,768,971 retired
18 Felix Jones DAL 2008 N/A Free Agency $10,887,500 inactive
19 Laurence Maroney NE 2006 N/A Traded $8,732,812 inactive
20 Beanie Wells ARI 2009 N/A Cut $8,142,500 inactive
21 Jahvid Best DET 2010 N/A Cut $7,862,500 inactive
22 Mark Ingram NO 2011 NO Extended $7,506,750 active
23 Doug Martin TB 2012 TB Entry-Level $5,471,956 active
24 David Wilson NYG 2012 N/A Retired $5,382,979 retired
 
Wide Receivers
"Megatron" has out-earned all other first round wide receivers since 2005 by an astonishing $50 million. His contract running through the 2019 season contains another $80.2 million.

Great wide receiver classes seem to come in peaks and valleys, ranging from 0 first rounders in 2008, to 6 in years prior. Recent years trend toward 3-5 being safe bets, including an exceptional class in last year's draft.

36 wide receivers have been selected in the first round since 2005, drafted from 28 different colleges across 21 different states. The players have combined for $695,027,207 in total earnings. Of the 36, 15 are still under their rookie contract with the team that drafted them, 3 have been extended, 12 have been released or traded, and 6 have been allowed to hit the free agent open market. In total, 26 of them are still active in the league.

Quick Facts

Figures based on wide receivers selected in the first round since 2005.
Draft Picks:36
Still Active:26
Total Career Earnings:$695,027,207
Average Career Earnings:$19,306,311
Under Draft Team Control:15 (41%)
Extended by Draft Team:3 (8%)
Reached Free Agency:6 (16%)
Traded, Cut, or Retired:12 (33%)
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Player Draft Team Draft Year Current Team Progress Earnings to Date Status
1 Calvin Johnson DET 2007 DET Extended $101,316,086 active
2 Roddy White ATL 2005 ATL Extended $61,327,232 active
3 Dwayne Bowe WR 2007 CLE Extended/Cut $44,275,883 active
4 Percy Harvin MIN 2009 BUF Traded/Extended $35,347,500 active
5 Santonio Holmes PIT 2006 N/A Traded/Extended $34,483,529 inactive
6 Braylon Edwards CLE 2005 N/A Traded $33,690,000 inactive
7 Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK 2009 PIT Cut $33,574,000 active
8 Michael Crabtree SF 2009 OAK Free Agency $32,534,053 active
9 Jeremy Maclin PHI 2009 KC Free Agency $23,548,000 active
10 Ted Ginn Jr. MIA 2007 CAR Traded $23,252,086 active
11 Robert Meachem NO 2007 NO Free Agency $22,589,500 active
12 A.J. Green CIN 2011 CIN Option $19,688,098 active
13 Julio Jones ATL 2011 ATL Option $16,198,750 active
14 Troy Williamson MIN 2005 N/A Traded $15,940,000 inactive
15 Mike Williams DET 2005 N/A Traded $15,690,000 inactive
16 Hakeem Nicks NYG 2009 TEN Free Agency $15,040,000 active
17 Demaryius Thomas DEN 2010 DEN Tag $14,105,500 active
18 Sammy Watkins BUF 2014 BUF Entry-Level $13,238,620 active
19 Mark Clayton BAL 2005 N/A Traded $12,231,378 retired
20 Dez Bryant DAL 2010 DAL Tag $11,802,625 active
21 Justin Blackmon JAC 2012 JAC Entry-Level $11,641,317 active
22 Kenny Britt TEN 2009 STL Free Agency $10,389,552 active
23 Mike Evans TB 2013 TB Entry-Level $9,381,092 active
24 Tavon Austin STL 2013 STL Entry-Level $9,043,047 active
25 Michael Floyd ARI 2012 ARI Entry-Level $8,221,750 active
26 Anthony Gonzalez IND 2007 N/A Free Agency $7,950,000 inactive
27 Matt Jones JAC 2005 N/A Cut $7,789,706 inactive
28 Buster Davis SD 2007 N/A Cut $6,990,000 inactive
29 Kendall Wright TEN 2012 TEN Entry-Level $6,707,754 active
30 Odell Beckham, Jr. NYG 2014 NYG Entry-Level $6,287,119 active
31 Jonathan Baldwin KC 2011 N/A Traded $6,146,837 inactive
32 A.J. Jenkins SF 2012 N/A Traded $5,610,143 inactive
33 DeAndre Hopkins HOU 2013 HOU Entry-Level $5,083,360 active
34 Brandin Cooks NO 2014 NO Entry-Level $4,837,056 active
35 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN 2013 MIN Entry-Level $4,769,902 active
36 Kelvin Benjamin CAR 2014 CAR Entry-Level $4,305,732 active
 
Tight Ends
Vernon Davis hasn't been pleased with his compensation in recent years, but he's easily earned more than any other tight end selected in the first round since 2005.

9 tight ends have been selected in the first round since 2005, drafted from 9 different colleges across 7 different states. The players have combined for $215,115,662 in total career earnings.

Of the 9, 2 are still under their rookie contract with the team that drafted them, 4 have been extended, 1 have been released or traded, and 2 have been allowed to hit the free agent open market. In total, 7 of them are still active in the league.

The top TE for the upcoming 2015 draft isn't projected to be selected until the middle 50's, well out of the first round.

Quick Facts

Figures based on tight ends selected in the first round since 2005.
Draft Picks:9
Still Active:7
Total Career Earnings:$215,115,662
Average Career Earnings:$23,901,740
Under Draft Team Control:2 (22%)
Extended by Draft Team:4 (44%)
Reached Free Agency:2 (22%)
Traded, Cut, or Retired:1 (11%)
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Player Draft Team Draft Year Current Team Progress Earnings to Date Status
1 Vernon Davis SF 2006 SF Extended $56,406,312 active
2 Heath Miller PIT 2005 PIT Extended $39,990,000 active
3 Marcedes Lewis JAC 2006 JAC Extended $35,830,000 active
4 Greg Olsen CHI 2007 CAR Traded $24,620,000 active
5 Brandon Pettigrew DET 2009 DET Extended $18,211,727 active
6 Dustin Keller NYJ 2008 N/A Free Agency $14,750,000 inactive
7 Jermaine Gresham CIN 2010 N/A Free Agency $12,057,500 inactive
8 Eric Ebron DET 2014 DET Entry-Level $7,680,486 active
9 Tyler Eifert CIN 2013 CIN Entry-Level $5,569,637 active
 
Offensive Tackles
Now 30 years old, the window for the Browns to build a winning team around LT Joe Thomas, the former #3 overall selection in the 2007 draft is slowly closing.

35 offensive tackles have been selected in the first round since 2005, drafted from 22 different colleges from 17 different states. The players have combined for $891,776,796 in total earnings. Of the 35, 14 are still under their rookie contract with the team that drafted them, 10 have been extended, 7 have been released or traded, and 4 have been allowed to hit the free agent open market. In total, 29 of them are still active in the league.

Many of the experts have between five and six offensive tackles projecting to be first round picks, almost all toward the end of the round.

Quick Facts

Figures based on tackles selected in the first round since 2005.
Draft Picks:35
Still Active:29
Total Career Earnings:$901,540,546
Average Career Earnings:$25,758,301
Under Draft Team Control:14 (40%)
Extended by Draft Team:10 (28%)
Reached Free Agency:4 (11%)
Traded, Cut, or Retired:7 (20%)
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  PLAYER DRAFT Team Draft year Current Team progess EARNINGS TO DATE STATUS
1 Joe Thomas CLE 2007 CLE Extended $89,850,000 Active
2 Jake Long MIA 2008 N/A Free Agency $69,150,000 Inactive
3 D'Brickashaw Ferguson NYJ 2006 NYJ Extended $59,641,750 Active
4 Levi Brown ARI 2007 N/A Cut $46,641,323 Inactive
5 Trent Williams WAS 2010 WAS Entry-Level $43,804,436 Active
6 Russell Okung SEA 2010 SEA Entry-Level $43,500,000 Active
7 Ryan Clady DEN 2008 DEN Extended $41,560,500 Active
8 Eugene Monroe JAC 2009 BAL Traded $35,846,618 Active
9 Branden Albert KC 2008 MIA Free Agency $35,193,000 Active
10 Jason Smith STL 2009 N/A Traded $34,507,500 Inactive
11 Gosder Cherilus DET 2008 IND Free Agency $33,917,125 Active
12 Joe Staley SF 2007 SF Extended $32,272,700 Active
13 Sam Baker ATL 2008 ATL Extended $31,728,750 Active
14 Jammal Brown NO 2005 N/A Traded $28,609,000 Inactive
15 Anthony Davis SF 2010 SF Extended $27,949,250 Active
16 Andre Smith CIN 2009 CIN Extended $27,377,500 Active
17 Tyron Smith DAL 2011 DAL Extended $21,480,348 Active
18 Michael Oher BAL 2009 CAR Free Agency $19,466,732 Active
19 Duane Brown HOU 2008 HOU Extended $17,617,411 Active
20 Matt Kalil MIN 2012 MIN Entry-Level $16,666,734 Active
21 Eric Fisher KC 2013 KC Entry-Level $16,337,203 Active
22 Luke Joeckel JAC 2013 JAC Entry-Level $15,573,053 Active
23 Alex Barron STL 2005 N/A Traded $14,280,750 Inactive
24 Lane Johnson PHI 2013 PHI Entry-Leve $12,598,863 Active
25 Bryan Bulaga GB 2010 GB Extended $10,813,845 Active
26 Jake Matthews ATL 2014 ATL Entry-Level $10,688,728 Active
27 Jeff Otah CAR 2008 N/A Cut $9,763,750 Inactive
28 Nate Solder NE 2011 NE Option $8,540,492 Active
29 D.J. Fluker SD 2013 SD Entry-Level $8,001,024 Active
30 Anthony Castonzo IND 2011 IND Option $7,985,346 Active
31 Taylor Lewan TEN 2014 TEN Entry-Level $7,084,462 Active
32 Riley Reiff DET 2012 DET Entry-Level $6,569,172 Active
33 Derek Sherrod GB 2011 KC Cut $6,014,334 Active
34 Justin Pugh NYG 2013 NYG Entry-Level $5,639,103 Active
35 Ja'Wuan James MIA 2014 MIA Entry-Level $4,869,744 Active
 
Offensive Guards
The Patriots surprised many when they traded Logan Mankins to the Bucs last August after 9 seasons in New England.

16 offensive guards have been selected in the first round since 2005, drafted from 13 different colleges across 11 different states. The players have combined for $244,545,818 in total earnings. Of the 16, 7 are still under their rookie contract with the team that drafted them, 2 have been extended, 2 have been released or traded, and 5 have been allowed to hit the free agent open market. In total, 15 of them are still active in the league.

While 2-3 guards have found their way into the first round over the past four years, it's highly likely that none are taken that high in 2015.

Quick Facts

Figures based on guards selected in the first round since 2005.
Draft Picks:16
Still Active:15
Total Career Earnings:$244,545,818
Average Career Earnings:$15,284,113
Under Draft Team Control:7 (43%)
Extended by Draft Team:2 (12.5%)
Reached Free Agency:5 (31%)
Traded, Cut, or Retired:2 (12.5%)
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  PLAYER DRAFT TEAM YEAR Current Team Progress EARNINGS TO DATE STATUS
1 Logan Mankins NE 2005 TB Extended/Trade $44,809,708 active
2 Davin Joseph TB 2006 STL Extended/Cut $37,200,000 active
3 Ben Grubbs BAL 2007 KC Free Agency/Trade $32,200,000 active
4 Chris Spencer SEA 2005 TEN Free Agency $19,520,000 active
5 Mike Iupati SF 2010 ARI Free Agency $16,480,825 active
6 Chris Williams CHI 2008 BUF Free Agency $16,459,117 active
7 Greg Robinson STL 2014 STL Entry-Level $14,219,344 active
8 Jonathan Cooper ARI 2013 ARI Entry-Level $10,432,410 active
9 Chance Warmack TEN 2013 TEN Entry-Level $8,591,501 active
10 James Carpenter SEA 2011 NYJ Free Agency $7,641,479 active
11 Danny Watkins PHI 2011 MIA Cut $7,033,775 retired
12 Gabe Carimi CHI 2011 ATL Trade/Cut $6,551,359 active
13 David DeCastro PIT 2012 PIT Option $6,358,367 active
14 Kevin Zeitler CIN 2012 CIN Entry-Level $6,125,446 active
15 Kyle Long CHI 2013 CHI Entry-Level $5,660,451 active
16 Zack Martin DAL 2014 DAL Entry-Level $5,262,036 active
 
Offensive Centers
6 centers have been taken in the first round since 2005.

6 offensive centers have been selected in the first round since 2005, drafted from 5 different colleges across 5 different states. These players have combined for $121,096,378 in total earnings.

Of these six centers, two are still under their rookie contract with the team that drafted them, 4 have been extended. All 6 are still active in the league, and remain with the team who originally drafted him.

Most mock drafts for the upcoming 2015 draft have one center slotted as a first round selection.

Quick Facts

Figures based on centers selected in the first round since 2005.
Draft Picks:6
Still Active:6
Total Career Earnings:$121,096,378
Average Career Earnings:$20,182,729
Under Draft Team Control:1 (17%)
Extended by Draft Team:5 (83%)
Reached Free Agency:0
Traded, Cut, or Retired:0
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  PLAYER draft Team draft year Current Team Progress EARNINGS TO DATE STATUS
1 Nick Mangold NYJ 2006 NYJ Extended $32,160,400 active
2 Maurkice Pouncey PIT 2010 PIT Extended $27,013,375 active
3 Alex Mack CLE 2009 CLE Extended $24,395,000 active
4 Eric Wood BUF 2009 BUF Extended $23,785,000 active
5 Mike Pouncey MIA 2011 MIA Extended $9,243,945 active
6 Travis Frederick DAL 2013 DAL Entry-Level $4,498,658 active
 
Defensive Tackles
Ndamukong Suh signed one of the biggest contracts in NFL history this free agent season, and leads a list of 22 DTs drafted in the first round over the past ten seasons.

22 defensive tackles have been selected in the first round since 2005, drafted from 19 different colleges from 13 different states. The players have combined for $476,729,398 in total earnings.

Of the 22 selected, 7 are still under their rookie contract with the team that drafted them, 3 have been extended, 4 have been released or traded, and 8 have been allowed to hit the free agent open market. In total, 17 of them are still active in the league.

While at least one has been taken in the first round in each of the past ten years, most mock drafts aren't projecting a true defensive tackle to be selected until the middle of the second round.

Quick Facts

Figures based on defensive tackles selected in the first round since 2005.
Draft Picks:22
Still Active:17
Total Career Earnings:$476,729,398
Average Career Earnings:$21,669,518
Under Draft Team Control:7 (32%)
Extended by Draft Team:3 (13%)
Reached Free Agency:8 (36%)
Traded, Cut, or Retired:4 (18%)
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  PLAYER draft team draft year Current Team Progress EARNINGS TO DATE STATUS
1 Ndamukong Suh DET 2010 MIA Free Agency $63,603,988 active
2 Haloti Ngata BAL 2006 DET Extended/Trade $61,723,265 active
3 Gerald McCoy TB 2010 TB Extended $58,073,500 active
4 Tyson Jackson KC 2009 ATL Free Agency $43,912,500 active
5 Glenn Dorsey KC 2008 SF Free Agency $42,575,000 active
6 Mike Patterson PHI 2005 NYG Extended/Cut $26,350,000 active
7 Sedrick Ellis NO 2008 CHI Free Agency $25,887,000 retired
8 Brodrick Bunkley PHI 2006 NO Traded $23,249,000 active
9 Marcell Dareus BUF 2011 BUF Option $20,407,301 active
10 Amobi Okoye HOU 2007 DAL Cut $16,632,500 inactive
11 Nick Fairley DET 2011 STL Free Agency $9,837,239 active
12 Jared Odrick MIA 2010 JAC Free Agency $9,453,054 active
13 Dontari Poe KC 2012 KC Entry-Level $9,386,368 active
14 Dan Williams ARI 2010 OAK Free Agency $8,985,000 active
15 John McCargo BUF 2006 TB Free Agency $8,605,156 inactive
16 Justin Harrell GB 2007 N/A Cut $8,552,000 inactive
17 Peria Jerry ATL 2009 N/A Retired $8,460,000 retired
18 Michael Brockers STL 2012 STL Entry-Level $7,833,542 active
19 Star Lotulelei CAR 2013 CAR Entry-Level $6,611,660 active
20 Aaron Donald STL 2014 STL Entry-Level $6,112,000 active
21 Sharrif Floyd MIN 2013 MIN Entry-Level $5,430,700 active
22 Sylvester Williams DEN 2013 DEN Entry-Level $5,048,625 active
 
Defensive Ends
Bills DE Mario Williams will join the $100M club by the end of the 2015 season. He leads a list of 37 defensive ends selected in the first round since 2005.

37 defensive ends have been selected in the first round since 2005, drafted from 30 different colleges from 23 different states. The players have combined for $711,551,016 in total earnings. Of the 37, 14 are still under their rookie contract with the team that drafted them, 7 have been extended, 11 have been released or traded, and 5 have been allowed to hit the free agent open market. In total, 40 of them are still active in the league.

The outside pass rush class for 2015 is extremely deep. Many mock drafts have as much as eight defensive ends being taken in the first round, with another five slated for the second.

Quick Facts

Figures based on defensive ends selected in the first round since 2005.
Draft Picks:37
Still Active:26
Total Career Earnings:$711,551,016
Average Career Earnings:$19,231,108
Under Draft Team Control:14 (38%)
Extended by Draft Team:7 (19%)
Reached Free Agency:5 (13.5%)
Traded, Cut, or Retired:11 (29%)
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  PLAYER draft TEAM draft year Current Team PROGRESS EARNINGS TO DATE STATUS
1 Mario Williams HOU 2006 BUF Free Agency $97,892,125 active
2 DeMarcus Ware DAL 2005 DEN Cut $76,634,250 active
3 Chris Long STL 2008 STL Extended $74,658,500 active
4 Luis Castillo SD 2005 N/A Cut $34,804,500 inactive
5 Anthony Spencer DAL 2007 NO Free Agency $29,615,575 active
6 Mathias Kiwanuka NYG 2006 N/A Extended/Cut $27,226,000 inactive
7 B.J. Raji GB 2009 GB Extended $24,914,625 active
8 Jamaal Anderson ATL 2007 N/A Cut $23,760,000 inactive
9 J.J. Watt HOU 2011 HOU Extended $20,205,211 active
10 Derrick Harvey JAC 2008 N/A Cut $18,682,500 inactive
11 Adam Carriker STL 2007 N/A Traded $18,676,750 inactive
12 Gaines Adams TB 2007 N/A Traded $17,504,100 retired
13 Marcus Spears DAL 2005 N/A Extended $17,426,000 inactive
14 Jason Pierre-Paul NYG 2010 NYG Tag $17,134,000 active
15 Tyson Alualu JAC 2010 JAC Extended $16,606,500 active
16 Robert Ayers DEN 2009 NYG Free Agency $14,750,000 active
17 Ezekiel Ansah DET 2013 DET Entry-Level $13,557,571 active
18 Dion Jordan MIA 2013 MIA Entry-Level $13,309,078 active
19 Evander Hood PIT 2009 JAC Free Agency $13,295,000 active
20 Robert Quinn STL 2011 STL Extended $13,233,879 active
21 Jerry Hughes IND 2010 BUF Trade/Extended $12,914,700 active
22 Erasmus James MIN 2005 N/A Traded $8,710,625 inactive
23 Lawrence Jackson SEA 2008 N/A Traded $8,649,250 inactive
24 Jarvis Moss DEN 2007 N/A Cut $8,550,000 inactive
25 Fletcher Cox PHI 2012 PHI Entry-Level $8,438,116 active
26 Corey Liuget SD 2011 SD Option $8,315,754 active
27 Adrian Clayborn TB 2011 ATL Free Agency $8,210,166 active
28 Phil Taylor CLE 2011 CLE Option $8,077,875 active
29 Cameron Jordan NO 2011 NO Option $7,721,400 active
30 Kentwan Balmer SF 2008 WAS Traded $7,086,000 inactive
31 Sheldon Richardson NYJ 2013 NYJ Entry-Level $6,934,982 active
32 Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ 2011 NYJ Option $6,829,250 active
33 Cameron Heyward PIT 2011 PIT Option $6,682,978 active
34 Chandler Jones NE 2012 NE Entry-Level $6,634,644 active
35 Datone Jones GB 2013 GB Entry-Level $5,183,840 active
36 Dee Ford KC 2014 KC Entry-Level $4,673,600 active
37 Dominique Easley NE 2014 NE Entry-Level $4,051,672 active
 
Linebackers
An impressive 67% of the 49 linebackers selected in the first round since 2005 are still with the team who initially drafted them, with just 5% reaching free agency.

49 linebackers have been selected in the first round since 2005, drafted from 31 different colleges from 25 different states. The players have combined for $955,924,680 in total earnings. Of the 49, 21 are still under their rookie contract with the team that drafted them, 12 have been extended, 11 have been released or traded, and 5 have been allowed to hit the free agent open market. In total, 40 of them are still active in the league.

As mentioned above, one of the more prominently deep positions projected near the top of the draft is the outside pass rush, including defensive ends and outside linebackers.

Quick Facts

Figures based on linebackers selected in the first round since 2005.
Draft Picks:49
Still Active:40
Total Career Earnings:$955,924,680
Average Career Earnings:$19,508,666
Under Draft Team Control:21 (43%)
Extended by Draft Team:12 (24%)
Reached Free Agency:5 (10%)
Traded, Cut, or Retired:11 (22%)
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  PLAYER DRAFT TEAM DRAFT YEAR Current Team progress EARNINGS TO DATE STATUS
1 Tamba Hali KC 2006 KC Extended $58,070,229 Active
2 Chad Greenway MIN 2006 MIN Extended $45,104,000 Active
3 Lawrence Timmons PIT 2007 PIT Extended $44,276,250 Active
4 Patrick Willis SF 2007 N/A Extended $42,566,330 Retired
5 Thomas Davis CAR 2005 CAR Extended $41,175,463 Active
6 Jon Beason CAR 2007 NYG Free Agency $41,142,679 Active
7 Jerod Mayo NE 2008 NE Extended $37,831,500 Active
8 Clay Matthews GB 2009 GB Extended $37,440,163 Active
9 Derrick Johnson KC 2005 KC Extended $36,175,000 Active
10 Kamerion Wimbley CLE 2006 TEN Traded $35,168,750 Active
11 A.J. Hawk GB 2006 CIN Extended/Cut $34,149,958 Active
12 Brian Cushing HOU 2009 HOU Extended $30,617,581 Active
13 Brian Orakpo WAS 2009 TEN Free Agency $29,219,250 Active
14 Aaron Curry SEA 2009 N/A Traded $26,192,625 Retired
15 Shawne Merriman SD 2005 N/A Cut $22,221,585 Retired
16 Keith Rivers CIN 2008 DAL Traded $22,043,125 Active
17 Manny Lawson SF 2006 BUF Free Agency $21,277,500 Active
18 Rolando McClain OAK 2010 DAL Cut $20,430,000 Active
19 Von Miller DEN 2011 DEN Option $19,286,308 Active
20 Ernie Sims DET 2006 N/A Traded $18,659,250 Inactive
21 Vernon Gholston NYJ 2008 N/A Cut $18,250,000 Inactive
22 Brandon Graham PHI 2010 PHI Extended $16,908,000 Active
23 Larry English SD 2009 TB Cut $16,293,971 Active
24 Sean Weatherspoon ATL 2010 ARI Free Agency $15,469,250 Active
25 Derrick Morgan TEN 2010 TEN Extended $15,454,242 Active
26 Aaron Maybin BUF 2009 N/A Cut $12,464,625 Retired
27 Khalil Mack OAK 2014 OAK Entry-Level $12,323,272 Active
28 Barkevious Mingo CLE 2013 CLE Entry-Level $11,805,237 Active
29 Travis Johnson HOU 2005 N/A Free Agency $11,516,000 Inactive
30 Jadeveon Clowney HOU 2014 HOU Entry-Level $11,308,908 Active
31 Luke Kuechly CAR 2012 CAR Option $10,473,337 Active
32 Aldon Smith SF 2011 SF Option $9,523,045 Active
33 Bobby Carpenter DAL 2006 N/A Traded $8,992,647 Inactive
34 Ryan Kerrigan WAS 2011 WAS Option $8,720,294 Active
35 Anthony Barr MIN 2014 MIN Entry-Level $8,008,000 Active
36 David Pollack CIN 2005 N/A Retired $7,995,000 Retired
37 Quinton Coples NYJ 2012 NYJ Option $7,171,663 Active
38 Bruce Irvin SEA 2012 SEA Entry-Level $7,010,878 Active
39 Melvin Ingram SD 2012 SD Option $6,847,272 Active
40 Shea McClellin CHI 2012 CHI Entry-Level $6,775,930 Active
41 Dont'a Hightower NE 2012 NE Entry-Level $6,264,192 Active
42 Whitney Mercilus HOU 2012 HOU Entry-Level $6,187,326 Active
43 Nick Perry GB 2012 GB Entry-Level $6,101,871 Active
44 Jarvis Jones PIT 2013 PIT Entry-Level $5,916,977 Active
45 Ryan Shazier PIT 2014 PIT Entry-Level $5,654,336 Active
46 Bjoern Werner IND 2013 IND Entry-Level $5,291,762 Active
47 C.J. Mosley BAL 2014 BAL Entry-Level $5,123,004 Active
48 Alec Ogletree STL 2013 STL Entry-Level $4,614,031 Active
49 Marcus Smith PHI 2014 PHI Entry-Level $4,412,064 Active
 
Cornerbacks
Darrelle Revis has been an anomaly when it comes to working the financial system to maximize annual paychecks. His $85M earned will reach a minimum of $124M by the end of his new deal with the Jets.

38 cornerbacks have been selected in the first round since 2005, drafted from 30 different colleges across 19 different states. The players have combined for $661,305,293 in total earnings. Of the 38, 14 are still under their rookie contract with the team that drafted them, 6 have been extended, 10 have been released or traded, and 8 have been allowed to hit the free agent open market. In total, 30 of them are still active in the league.

On average, four cornerbacks have been selected in the first round since 2005. Projections say at least eight cornerbacks have first or second round talent, with four slated to be taken on the first day.

Quick Facts

Figures based on cornerbacks selected in the first round since 2005.
Draft Picks:38
Still Active:30
Total Career Earnings:$661,305,293
Average Career Earnings:$17,402,770
Under Draft Team Control:14 (37%)
Extended by Draft Team:6 (15%)
Reached Free Agency:8 (21%)
Traded, Cut, or Retired:10 (26%)
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RANK PLAYER draft team draft year Current Team progress EARNINGS TO DATE STATUS
1 Darrelle Revis NYJ 2007 NYJ Traded $85,199,500 active
2 Johnathan Joseph CIN 2006 HOU Free Agency $49,450,000 active
3 Leon Hall CIN 2007 CIN Extended $45,342,500 active
4 Antonio Cromartie SD 2006 NYJ Traded $36,975,000 active
5 Carlos Rogers WAS 2005 N/A Free Agency $34,979,525 inactive
6 Joe Haden CLE 2010 CLE Extended $34,907,291 active
7 Patrick Peterson ARI 2011 ARI Extended $31,785,500 active
8 Aqib Talib TB 2008 DEN Traded $27,178,148 active
9 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ARI 2008 NYG Traded $26,142,125 active
10 Vontae Davis MIA 2009 IND Traded $23,152,500 active
11 Leodis McKelvin BUF 2008 BUF Extended $19,356,670 active
12 Adam-Pacman Jones TEN 2005 CIN Traded $19,229,760 active
13 Jason Allen MIA 2006 N/A Cut $14,416,175 inactive
14 Aaron Ross NYG 2007 N/A Free Agency $14,202,215 inactive
15 Morris Claiborne DAL 2012 DAL Entry-Level $13,656,615 active
16 Mike Jenkins DAL 2008 TB Free Agency $13,092,125 active
17 Kareem Jackson HOU 2010 HOU Extended $12,681,750 active
18 Antoine Cason SD 2008 N/A Free Agency $11,443,824 inactive
19 Fabian Washington OAK 2005 N/A Traded $10,365,935 inactive
20 Stephon Gilmore BUF 2012 BUF Entry-Level $10,046,319 active
21 Kyle Wilson NYJ 2010 CHI Free Agency $9,990,000 active
22 Patrick Robinson NO 2010 SD Free Agency $9,824,499 active
23 Kelly Jennings SEA 2006 CIN Traded $9,650,000 inactive
24 Tye Hill STL 2006 N/A Traded $9,569,687 inactive
25 Dee Milliner NYJ 2013 NYJ Entry-Level $8,973,505 active
26 Marlin Jackson IND 2005 N/A Free Agency $8,615,000 inactive
27 Prince Amukamara NYG 2011 NYG Option $8,165,148 active
28 Justin Gilbert CLE 2014 CLE Entry-Level $8,073,456 active
29 Jimmy Smith BAL 2011 BAL Extended $7,445,553 active
30 D.J. Hayden OAK 2013 OAK Entry-Level $7,167,403 active
31 Dre Kirkpatrick CIN 2012 CIN Entry-Level $7,035,084 active
32 Kyle Fuller CHI 2014 CHI Entry-Level $5,857,652 active
33 Desmond Trufant ATL 2013 ATL Entry-Level $5,500,105 active
34 Xavier Rhodes MIN 2013 MIN Entry-Level $5,222,297 active
35 Darqueze Dennard CIN 2014 CIN Entry-Level $4,542,835 active
36 Jason Verrett SD 2014 SD Entry-Level $4,360,456 active
37 Jimmie Ward SF 2014 SF Entry-Level $3,912,752 active
38 Bradley Roby DEN 2014 DEN Entry-Level $3,796,384 active
 
Safeties
First round safeties have been a bit of a risk over the past ten years. Four have been extended, four have hit free agency, two have been traded, and two have been cut.

20 safeties have been selected in the first round since 2005, drafted from 11 different colleges across 10 different states. The players have combined for $428,018,564 in total earnings. Of the 20, 8 are still under their rookie contract with the team that drafted them, 4 have been extended, 4 have been released or traded, and 4 have hit the free agent open market. In total, 17 of them are still active in the league.

While safeties have become hot commodities in the past few drafts and free agent classes, the 2015 class appears on the weaker side, with just one free safety projected to go in the first two rounds.

Quick Facts

Figures based on safeties selected in the first round since 2005.
Draft Picks:20
Still Active:17
Total Career Earnings:$428,018,564
Average Career Earnings:$21,400,928
Under Draft Team Control:8 (40%)
Extended by Draft Team:4 (20%)
Reached Free Agency:4 (20%)
Traded, Cut, or Retired:4 (20%)
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RANK PLAYER Draft team draft year Current Team PROGRESS EARNINGS TO DATE STATUS
1 Antrel Rolle ARI 2005 CHI Cut $57,401,357 active
2 Donte Whitner BUF 2006 CLE Free Agency $56,902,750 active
3 LaRon Landry WAS 2007 N/A Free Agency $44,726,715 inactive
4 Eric Berry KC 2010 KC Entry-Level $44,589,300 active
5 Michael Huff OAK 2006 N/A Extended/Cut $35,026,470 inactive
6 Michael Griffin TEN 2007 TEN Extended $34,393,746 active
7 Earl Thomas SEA 2010 SEA Extended $25,363,220 active
8 Malcolm Jenkins NO 2009 PHI Free Agency $22,440,107 active
9 Reggie Nelson JAC 2007 CIN Traded $19,842,500 active
10 Brandon Meriweather NE 2007 N/A Cut $16,168,081 inactive
11 Devin McCourty NE 2010 NE Extended $13,120,000 active
12 Mark Barron TB 2012 STL Traded $12,103,090 active
13 Kenny Phillips NYG 2008 NO Free Agency $9,354,000 active
14 Kenny Vaccaro NO 2013 NO Entry-Level $6,464,857 active
15 Harrison Smith MIN 2012 MIN Entry-Level $5,759,359 active
16 Eric Reid SF 2013 SF Entry-Level $5,733,309 active
17 Calvin Pryor NYJ 2014 NYJ Entry-Level $4,967,820 active
18 HaHa Clinton-Dix GB 2014 GB Entry-Level $4,904,019 active
19 Matt Elam BAL 2013 BAL Entry-Level $4,411,172 active
20 Deone Bucannon ARI 2014 ARI Entry-Level $4,346,692 active



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