Labor Day and the NFL

by Matthew Stollak on Monday, September 2, 2013

Its tough to be a NFL player this time of year.

Teams must reduce their rosters to a limit of 53 players.   Those individuals who made it through training camp and 4 preseason games may have found themselves looking for work.

The 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow, is unemployed.

The #3 pick in the 2007 NFL draft, Vince Young, was cut by the Green Bay Packers.

According to Peter King,
Five quarterbacks picked in the top 50 of the last seven drafts were cut: Vince Young and Matt Leinart (2006), Brady Quinn (2007) and Tim Tebow and Jimmy Clausen (2010). Brian Billick says picking a quarterback is no better than a 50-50 proposition between success and failure. Let’s see, based on the five drafts between 2006 and 2010. (It’s too early to make definitive judgments on quarterbacks in the league for two or fewer years.) Let’s look at the quarterbacks picked in the top two rounds from 2006 to 2010, and their fate:
Of the 21 quarterbacks drafted in the top two rounds of these five drafts, six are solid starters, and eight are out of football.

Let’s now cut it down to first-rounders only. Billick, it turns out, is prescient. If you don’t count Sanchez as a starter—and I don’t see how you can term him a starter right now—six of the 12 first-round picks over a five-year period are starting in the league. So it’s still a crapshoot.

Meanwhile, despite hundreds of hours of scouting, observation, and interviews, 78 undrafted players from the 2013 NFL draft made active rosters.

As screenwriter William Goldman says, "nobody knows anything."

3 days until kickoff!

Happy Labor Day everyone.

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