Remember, this plot is generated by first compiling a consensus top 100 player board. The consensus top player was Luke Joeckel, who had an average rank of 2.6 (some pundits had him #1 overall, others had him lower.) Next, each time a player is selected, the value is calculated by subtracting consensus rank from the position selected. The Jaguars took Joeckel 2nd overall, value = 2 - 2.6 = -0.6. This means that Joeckel was considered a slight reach at #2 overall (basically, a wash). When the value/reach for each pick is compiled for each team, we see what teams obtain the best value overall.
This year's draft has been considered unique in that there are few standout, unique players for the first round but a lot of safe, talented players for later rounds. This pattern is somewhat reflected in the rankings, with the highest rated considered a reach at #2, and with many "reach" grades being assigned to teams. The Bears stand out with the most reaches and the Chargers bucking the trend, even with three picks in the top 100.
This pattern becomes more pronounced if we reduce our analysis to the first round only:
Is this pattern evidence of a draft that is weak on top-notch talent, but deep overall? We'll explore this over the next few posts.
Per the usual, I would like to thank The NetRat for his excellent Lions/draft coverage. He always does me a huge favor by pushing out his top 100 big board in time for me to do my own work.