Date of Publication

Spring 2012

Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Professor's Name

Emily Dane-Staples


One of the most analyzed and crucial aspects of the National Football League is the annual draft held every April. The contracts received by rookies each year has been steadily increasing, and the hopes of a franchise can sometimes lie in the success these rookies have, making the draft process increasingly difficult for franchises. The aim of this paper was to discover what factors teams use in drafting a player and determining their starting rookie salary. Factors that were analyzed include race, market size, player specialization and even attendance. The analysis of the research done attempted to find trends that work and ones that don’t work. With the uncertainty of how players coming out of college will perform at the professional level, finding out which factors are more successful certainly has its merit in the sports world.