Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
Excellent point. I was just looking at the number of rounds, not the number of picks.
Yeah, but the pool of talent is much bigger now with many more football programs and a growing population. More kids are being developed at an early age with better techniques by more qualified coaches.
Technology has made game film more readily available in higher quality making it feasible to study more players in the same amount of time.
Road and transportation is better allowing easier access to all areas.
Compare with twenty years ago, for example, there might be twice the number of draftable players.
The tendency of keeping drafted players by coaches over UDFAs are slowly changing.
Last year, opening day rosters included 412 former UDFAs vs. 277 former first rounders.
412 is a number larger than the combined total of 5th, 6th, and 7th rounders.
Every team in the league, except one, had at least one UDFA starter on its squad.