Greysteel Featured Snapshot | May 2018

2018 NFL Draft Fun Facts

The 83rd Annual National Football League Player Selection Draft was held last weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Each year, hundreds of college athletes prepare for their name to be announced at the NFL Draft, fulfilling their aspirations of becoming a professional football player. With two Heisman Trophy winners selected in the first round, there was plenty of talent available in the 2018 NFL Draft. The combined value of all 32 NFL teams was more than $80.6 billion in 2017, up 8% from a year ago. Even though television ratings were down in 2017, the NFL generated an impressive $7.5 billion from media deals, which is nearly 57% of the league’s $13.2 billion total revenue. We've provided some fun facts from this year's draft to help pass the time until the regular season kicks off this fall. Are you ready for some football?

5: Quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Baker Mayfield (No. 1), Sam Darnold (No. 3), Josh Allen (No. 7), Josh Rosen (No. 10), and Lamar Jackson (No. 32). The 1983 NFL Draft holds the record with six quarterbacks selected in the first round, including Pro Football Hall of Famers John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino.

12: University of Alabama players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, the most players from any school.

256: Total picks for the 2018 NFL Draft

105,121: Maximum seating capacity of AT&T Stadium (the largest in the NFL)

250,000: Record-breaking attendance at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia

400,000: Estimated number of fans that attended the 2018 NFL Draft and the events surrounding the draft

$22.1 million: Projected signing bonus of the first overall pick, Baker Mayfield. The University of Oklahoma quarterback went to the Cleveland Browns.

$94.9 million: Economic impact of the 2017 NFL Draft, exceeding the initial estimate of $80 million

$177.2 million: 2018 NFL salary cap, up 6.1% from $167.0 million in 2017

$4.8 billion: Estimated value of the Dallas Cowboys (the most valuable sports franchise in the world). The New England Patriots were second with a value of $3.7 billion.

Source: Greysteel Research, National Football League, Forbes