Watching ESPN's draft coverage, I was wondering which conference had the best draft? It appeared like the Pac-10 was doing well, since USC, OSU and Oregon each had a pretty high number of draft picks this year. So this morning I took a look and saw that many Big East fans were claiming that they had the best draft as a conference based on # of players drafted per team. I thought it was a faulty analysis since it ignores where players went (is it better to have 3 in top-10 or 15 in round 7?).
So here is the "ultimate" conference breakdown - I will use 3 metrics and rank each conference based on the outcome. Then, I will add 3 rankings and see which conference comes up on top.
Ranking #1: Players drafted per team
This seems to be the most popular measure on the Internets. Lets forget its fallacies and analyze the draft results:
Ok, no question here - Big East had the most players drafted per team. Pac-10 did well here.
Ranking #2: Draft Points per Team
Since there are 256 players drafted, I will assign a value of 256 to #1 pick and 1 to Mr. Irrelevant. Then add up all the points and divide by the number of teams in the conference.
No surprise here - SEC did well because they owned the first round. Pac-10 comes second again
Ranking #3: Trade Value Points per Team
Similar to #2, but instead we use draft trade value points. My only problem with this trade value chart is that the point difference is very large in earlier part of the draft.
Pac-10 is now #4 - SEC, Big-12 and ACC did well in round one, thus they round up the top three.
So what do we have now? Our Draft Conference Rankings are as follows:
So contrary to what I saw on many Pac-10 and Big East boards, those conferences didn't have the best draft. Instead this honor goes to SEC - so more power to those clowns :)
Interesting observation, Pac-10 had the lowest representation % of BCS conferences (# of different teams with players drafted / # of team in the conference). 3 Pac-10 teams didn't have a player drafted (Stanford, UW and fucla). Basically, USC, OSU and Oregon saved the day for the Pac.