The NFL Draft - 1970 to 2018

2019 Week 17 Datasource

Posted by David Velleca on April 22, 2019

Data Source

Since 1936, the NFL has relied on the Draft as the primary source of talent recruitment. Taking place in rounds, each team is given a chance to pick a player from the crop of eligible talent. The draft is a pretty signifiant event for the teams and fans, with countless mock-drafts and loads of speculation. For the players looking to break into the NFL, the NFL Combine and numerous Pro-Days leading up to the actual event are an opportunity to prove to the Scouts that they deserve the millions that will be paid to the top picks. Last year, the contract tied #1 spot was worth more than $32 million, where as the 32nd overall pick was looking at a contract worth just over $9 million.

This year's draft happens this weekend. In the days leading up to the draft, check out this week's dataset that looks at every player drafted since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 through last year. There should be some pretty interesting insights to uncover here. Can't wait to see what the talented Tableau Community can come up with.

We'd really love to see what you can do with this week's dataset! Download the data and see what you can visualize. Create your viz and post your work to Tableau Public and Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackDataThursday, tagging @TThrowbackThurs. We're really looking forward to seeing what the Tableau Community can come up with!

This week's dataset comes from the Pro Football Reference. Please be sure to cite the source on your viz.