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Old 04-18-2013, 10:00 PM   #1
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Default How many rookies do NFL teams sign every year?

In the UDFA thread, Rev and I had a little back-and-forth about the number of rookies that each NFL team brings to training camp. Since the rosters expanded from 80 to 90 in 2012, I actually was speaking out of my ass a little bit when I guesstimated 25....

However, it got me to wondering about about how accurate my guess was, and the information is available online, so.... I did a little research, and thought my fellow draft-obsessives might be interested in the results:

Number of 2012 Rookies signed per team

30: St. Louis Rams (10 draft choices, 20 UDFAs)
29: Atlanta Falcons (6 draft choices, 23 UDFAs)
28: Dallas Cowboys (7 draft choices, 21 UDFAs)
27: Houston Texans (8 draft choices, 19 UDFAs)
27: Baltimore Ravens (8 draft choices, 19 UDFAs)
27: San Diego Chargers (7 draft choices, 20 UDFAs)
27: Green Bay Packers (8 draft choices, 19 UDFAs)
26: Philadelphia Eagles (9 draft choices, 17 UDFAs)
25: Cleveland Browns (11 draft choices, 14 UDFAs)
25: New Orleans Saints (5 draft choices, 20 UDFAs)
24: Minnesota Vikings (10 draft choices, 14 UDFAs)
24: Miami Dolphins (9 draft choices, 15 UDFAs)
24: Kansas City Chiefs (8 draft choices, 16 UDFAs)
24: Indianapolis Colts (10 draft choices, 14 UDFAs)
24: Jacksonville Jaguars (6 draft choices, 18 UDFAs)
24: San Francisco 49ers (7 draft choices, 17 UDFAs)
24: Oakland Raiders (6 draft choices, 18 UDFAs)
24: Arizona Cardinals (7 draft choices, 17 UDFAs)
23: Cincinnati Bengals (10 draft choices, 13 UDFAs)
23: Chicago Bears (6 draft choices, 17 UDFAs)
22: Detroit Lions (8 draft choices, 14 UDFAs)
22: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7 draft choices, 15 UDFAs)
21: Tennessee Titans (7 draft choices, 14 UDFAs)
20: Pittsburgh Steelers (9 draft choices, 12 UDFAs)
20: Carolina Panthers (7 draft choices, 13 UDFAs)
20: Buffalo Bills (9 draft choices, 11 UDFAs)
19: Washington Redskins (9 draft choices, 10 UDFAs)
19: Denver Broncos (7 draft choices, 12 UDFAs)
18: New York Jets (8 draft choices, 10 UDFAs)
18: Seattle Seahawks (10 draft choices, 8 UDFAs)
17: New York Giants (7 draft choices, 10 UDFAs)
12: New England Patriots (7 draft choices, 5 UDFAs)

Average # of drafted rookies: 7.9 (median=8, mode=7)
Average # of undrafted free agents: 15.2 (median=15, mode=14)
Average # of rookies per team: 23 (median=24, mode=24)

Looks like my estimate of 25 rookies per team was a little off.... oh well, at least I learned something.... I'm a little curious as to the massive amount of variation in the list above -- why do some very good teams like the Patriots only sign 5 UDFAs, while others, like the Ravens and the Texans, sign 20 or more?

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