NFL Draft Data: Positional Pro Bowl Appearances by Draft Day Selection, 2010-Present

Beginning with the 2010 NFL Draft, the 7-round selection process went from being a 2-day event (rounds 1-3 on day 1, and rounds 4-7 on day 2) to a 3-day affair, with round 1 on the first day, rounds 2 and 3 on the second day, and rounds 4-7 on the third day.

Here is a breakdown of Pro Bowl selections for players drafted since the 3-day format came into existence:








ABOUT THIS DATA

Clearly, the more recent season will have fewer Pro Bowlers as these players continue to grow. Therefore, we’ve broken up the overall data into three parts:

Breakdown of prospects from 2010-2017

This includes all prospects drafted under the three day system, including those draft picks from last spring who haven’t been eligible for a Pro Bowl selection yet. That will skew the Pro Bowl data, but adds more context to how teams prioritize positions.

Breakdown of prospects from 2010-2016

This includes prospects through 2016, which means all prospects included in the data have been eligible for a Pro Bowl. Given the growing pains that come with being a rookie, this data still has its shortfalls.

Breakdown of prospects from 2010-2015

All prospects included in this data have at least two full seasons of Pro Bowl eligibility. The problem inherent in this data is that it shorts two years worth of team tendencies.

POSITION GROUP WITH MOST DAY 1 SELECTIONS: Defensive End (36)
POSITION GROUP WITH MOST DAY 1 PRO BOWLERS: Defensive End (11)
POSITION GROUP WITH FEWEST DAY 1 SELECTIONS: Center (5)
POSITION GROUP WITH FEWEST DAY 1 PRO BOWLERS: Tight End (2)
POSITION GROUP WITH HIGHEST DAY 1 PRO BOWL RATE, MIN. 15 SELECTIONS: Linebacker (32%)
POSITION GROUP WITH LOWEST DAY 1 PRO BOWL RATE, MIN. 15 SELECTIONS: Offensive Tackle (18%)

POSITION GROUP WITH MOST DAY 2 SELECTIONS: Cornerback (72)
POSITION GROUP WITH MOST DAY 2 PRO BOWLERS: Linebacker, Wide Receiver (8)
POSITION GROUP WITH FEWEST DAY 2 SELECTIONS: Center (13)
POSITION GROUP WITH FEWEST DAY 2 PRO BOWLERS: Center (0)
POSITION GROUP WITH HIGHEST DAY 2 PRO BOWL RATE, MIN. 15 SELECTIONS: Quarterback (20%)
POSITION GROUP WITH LOWEST DAY 2 PRO BOWL RATE, MIN. 15 SELECTIONS: Defensive End (2%)

POSITION GROUP WITH MOST DAY 3 SELECTIONS: Linebacker (158)
POSITION GROUP WITH MOST DAY 3 PRO BOWLERS: Running Back (5)
POSITION GROUP WITH FEWEST DAY 3 SELECTIONS: Center (33)
POSITION GROUP WITH FEWEST DAY 3 PRO BOWLERS: Guard (0)
POSITION GROUP WITH HIGHEST DAY 3 PRO BOWL RATE, MIN. 50 SELECTIONS: Quarterback (6%)
POSITION GROUP WITH LOWEST DAY 3 PRO BOWL RATE, MIN. 50 SELECTIONS: Guard (0%)

POSITION GROUP WITH MOST OVERALL SELECTIONS: Cornerback (261)
POSITION GROUP WITH MOST OVERALL PRO BOWLERS: Wide Receiver (21)
POSITION GROUP WITH FEWEST OVERALL SELECTIONS: Center (51)
POSITION GROUP WITH FEWEST OVERALL PRO BOWLERS: Center (4)
POSITION GROUP WITH HIGHEST OVERALL PRO BOWL RATE: Quarterback (13%)
POSITION GROUP WITH LOWEST OVERALL PRO BOWL RATE: Offensive Tackle (5%)

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