Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
People are talking about DEs and LBs and drafting them high... and I know this isn't the greatest stat to use and that there are a zillion mitigating circumstances... but let's look at where the top 10 sackers were drafted.
Elvis Dumerville - 4th round
Jared Allen - 4th round
Dwight Freeney - 1st round
LaMarr Woodley - 2nd round
Will Smith - 1st round
Trent Cole - 5th round
Andre Carter - 1st round
Brian Orakpo - 1st round
Demarcus Ware - 1st round
Julius Peppers - 1st round
Still a lot of high draft picks, but there's more of a showing for the lower rounds.
Linebackers and linemen (both OL and DL) generally have longer careers than running backs but they can also be developed more. Running backs can usually come in and be starting the first year. A really good running back can make a moderate line look good... and vice versa.
Now name all the teams that wanted to draft a LB or DE or RB or whatever in each round but could not because the player had already been drafted. Get what you want when you KNOW the guy is there.