In a post on National Football Post on Tuesday, Tony Villiotti of DraftMetrics.com tried to evaluate the teams that have done the best job in the NFL Draft over the past 5 and 10 years. Unsurprisingly, the Jacksonville Jaguars ranked below average in the NFL, although some of the results were interesting.
The Jaguars ranked as the No. 20 team at drafting in the last 10 years, while the Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens finished No. 2 and No. 7, respectively. Surprisingly, the team that paced the field in the last 10 years were the Arizona Cardinals.
In the last five years, the Jaguars ranked a little bit lower at No. 23, although they were shockingly one spot ahead of the No. 24 ranked 49ers and two spots behind the No. 21 Ravens. The team doing the best job of drafting in the last five years, per the metrics, was the Chiefs, the owners of the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The metric to rank the teams is explained in the post as using four different statistics to rank the teams: total games started by draft picks, numbers of players active during the 2012 season, average share of annual starts and Pro Bowl elections. The Jaguars were hurt most by the Pro Bowl criteria as they haven't drafted a player in the last five years that has earned a nod.