With the ebb and flow of college All Star Games every year and steady increase in Juniors that declare for the NFL Draft (75 in 2013 and 65 in 2012), the BA draft team thought it would be interesting to analyze the 2012 NFL Draft based on All Star Game Invites and Juniors in the draft. While the numbers are not dead accurate, here's generally what we found:
Out of 65 Juniors that declared, 45 were drafted. Out of 109 players in the 2012 Senior Bowl, 82 were drafted. Also, about 10 Seniors invited to Senior Bowl chose not to play. So, out of 253 draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft, about 137 of them were either Juniors or Senior Bowl players/invitees. It's also important to note that the draft really consists of 224 picks in 7 rounds. The other 29 picks in the 2012 NFL Draft are compensatory. Ultimately, more than one half of the players drafted were Juniors or Senior Bowl participants/invitees.
Last year, there were four other All Star games that had rosters of over 100 players each. That's 400 plus players hoping another week of football will help them get drafted. About 60 players that participated in one of these games got drafted which means another 50 or so were drafted based on game film/Combine/Pro Day.
Which bring us to the ultimate question: with 75 Juniors declaring and the Senior Bowl run by a former NFL GM (Phil Savage), will these two conditions dominate the 2013 NFL Draft more so than last year? For the 500 plus players playing in one of the other five All Star games this year, I certainly hope not!