The Steep Slide of NFL Draft Salaries

Some friends and I got into a conversation about rookies in the NFL and how much their salaries were. We eventually started guessing how much more the first overall pick makes compared to, Mr. Irrelevant, the last pick of the NFL draft. It’s a pretty steep drop from number 1 to number 256 (7 rounds of 32 teams, plus a maximum of 32 compensatory selections), but it turns out most of that slide happens in the first 2 rounds. Below is the chart I came up with. Here is a higher res link

Here is the R code to reproduce the chart above, including the function to download the data from spotrac, which is a great site by the way.



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