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2017 Matriculator Six

After the 3rd round, the average NFL team "hits" on about one player out of 8-10 draftees.  In other words, in the average round, say 35 picks including compensatory picks, there are 3-4 players who are contributing starters.  Just as an example we looked at the 5th round in 2011 and 2012 for a baseline, and there were six players in those two years who have been good NFL players:  Buster Skrine, Pernell McPhee, Malik Jackson, Brandon Marshall (LB), Josh Norman, and the biggie, Richard Sherman.  In our Matriculator Six we choose 16 players drafted after the 3rd round who we think could become good NFL players.  If we maintain the NFL average we would hit on about 1.5 players out of our 16 each year.  Listed below are the players we hit on, by year.  As you can see, we were slightly above the league average in 2011 and 2012, but have blown every team out of the water in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. An interesting sidenote is that although we include undrafted free agents on our list every year, we've never hit on one.

2011:  Buster Skrine and Julius Thomas.  Denarius Moore was a hit after his first two years but is fading fast and Roy Helu, Jr. has been a solid third down back.

2012:  Brandon Boykin, Bobby Massie and Jarius Wright.

2013:  Gerald Hodges, Earl Wolff, Jelani Jenkins, Zac Stacy, John Simon and probably Brian Schwenke because he still starts, though he hasn't been particularly good.

2014:  Martavis Bryant, E.J. Gaines, Bene Benwikere, Justin Ellis, Caraun Reid, Ross Cockrell and Devonta Freeman.

2015:  Jamison Crowder, Adrian Amos, Jay Ajayi, Daryl Williams, Grady Jarrett and Max Garcia.

2016:  Dak Prescott, Tajeh Sharpe, Jatavis Brown, Jordan Howard


16. Damontae Kazee- CB, Falcons (5th round)

 

15. George Kittle- TE, 49ers (5th round)

 

14. Robert Davis- WR, Redskins (6th)

 

13. Xavier Woods- S, Cowboys (6th round)

 

12. Ejuan Price- DE, Rams (7th round)

 

11. Hunter Dimick- DE, Jaguars (UDFA)

 

10. Samaje Perine- RB, Redskins (4th round)

 

9.   Isaac Asiata- G, Dolphins (5th round)

 

8.   Joe Williams- RB, 49ers (4th round)

 

7.   Josh Holsey- CB, Redskins (7th round)

 

6.   Dez King- CB, Rams (5th round)

 

5.   Marlon Mack- RB, Colts (4th round)

 

4.   Nico Siragusa- G, Ravens (4th round)

 

3.   Tedric Thompson- S, Seahawks (4th round)

 

2.   Josh Reynolds- WR, Rams (4th round)

 

1.   Carlos Watkins- DT, Texans (4th round)