Last year we tracked the NFL draft to analyze how succesful the college recruiting services were at predicting players’ future NFL draft success.
You can see our analysis of the 2012 draft here.
Well, as you have probably guessed, its that time of year again!
Not only will we provide you with the raw data and analysis for this year’s crop of draft picks, but we’ll also compare the performances of the recruiting services’ predictive abilities across the 2012 and 2013 drafts.
We base our analysis on Rivals.com’s rankings, not because we’re picking on Rivals.com, but because Rivals.com happens to have the most robust data tools (Scout.com and 24/7, we’re looking at you).
This blog post will evolve over the weekend as the draft moves forward, and keeping up with draft’s progress will be tall order for me as I will be on the road throughout the weekend.
Nevertheless, duty calls!
Editors Note: Based on our analysis of the first two rounds, Rivals.com (and likely the rest of the recruiting services) are performing worse than last year - you can thank the slew of athletes who took unconventional routes to football for that.
As hard as it may seem to believe, there actually are athletes that exist outside of the recruiting service hosted ‘talent camps.’
Round 4 Update: (I’m behind, I know. Notable observation: 18 five-stars through four rounds compared to 9 five-stars through four rounds in 2012. I wish I had been in town over the weekend - I would have been killing it on twitter!!).
Round 1: Draft Selection and College Recruiting Ranking by Player
Round 2: Draft Selection and College Recruiting Ranking by Player
Round 3: Draft Selection and College Recruiting Ranking by Player
Round 4: Draft Selection and College Recruiting Ranking by Player