Introducing Our NFL Draft Research Book: A Pre-Screening Offer for NFL Teams & Affiliated Parties

We are excited to announce the debut of a small research book that focuses on the successes and failures in the modern NFL draft:

The Drafting Stage – Creating a Marketplace for NFL Draft Picks

Written by: Brad Spielberger & Jason Fitzgerald 

If you work in/are affiliated with the NFL and are interested in receiving an electronic copy of the book, please email Brad at

The concept for the research was to use NFL salary data to retroactively grade every draft selection from 2011 through 2015 following the conclusion of their rookie contracts, and to use that data to better project the value of each future draft selection. To the best of our knowledge nobody has used this type of metric to value draft selections, as most other papers have dealt with inputs like “years making a pro bowl,” or “games started” to value the contribution and talent level of a draft pick in the NFL. Nothing is more all-encompassing, in our opinion, than the ultimate salary of a player, which should be reflective of every aspect of the player’s game.  

We extended the study to go beyond just the typical “draft pick values” that are usually derived from draft analysis work. In the book we touch on the following: 

  • Assessing every draft pick trade outcome from 2011 to 2015, by round, to determine who was the ultimate “winner and loser” based on the financial outcomes of the trade 
  • Developing Tiers based on a player’s salary to better identify the probabilities of finding a superstar, starter, backup, or replacement level player in the draft based on the draft round and position played 
  • Creating a system to evaluate contracts fairly and independent of position to better illustrate the value that can be found based on position influenced drafting 
  • Examining the success rates and selection rates by position to provide better information on when to strike on a specific position in the draft 
  • Providing some context to the idea of finding “ten-year starters” in the draft through examining the actual outcomes of every draft pick selected during the draft years that were studied  
  • Identifying the typical range and price of free agent talent available to better plan what positions should perhaps be given additional weight in the draft 

Tulane’s Fifth Annual Pro Football Negotiation Competition

The Tulane Sports Law Society is currently accepting applications to compete in their fifth annual pro football negotiation competition. The competition is open to any current law students and is an event that I highly recommend for anyone who may be interested in pursuing a career in sports law Continue reading Tulane’s Fifth Annual Pro Football Negotiation Competition »

Tulane’s 4th Annual Pro Football Contract Negotiation Recap

I just wanted to share with our audience my experience at this year’s Tulane Pro Football Negotiation Competition. This is the 3rd year I’ve been invited to judge the event and it remains one of my favorite events of the year.  I once again would encourage any law student who is thinking about pursuing a career in sports to participate in next year’s competition. Continue reading Tulane’s 4th Annual Pro Football Contract Negotiation Recap »

Salary Cap Space Updates

As the season draws closer and closer to the end I’ve been getting more and more questions about cap room for next year and why some of my twitter replies dont match the website. So since we are getting close to the end of the year I figured to help lessen those questions I would begin to add the adjustments to the 2018 salary cap space charts to give everyone a more realistic picture of where teams will be next year.  Continue reading Salary Cap Space Updates »

An Offseason Guide to OTC: Free Agency Tables

The OTC free agency pages are the most comprehensive free agency listings that you can find. The tables are interactive to allow you to filter the various types of free agents or by team to quickly drill down the available talent. To access the free agent pages simply click on free agency in the top menu bar or follow this link and bookmark the page. Continue reading An Offseason Guide to OTC: Free Agency Tables »

An Offseason Guide to OTC: Team Cap Pages

We continue our offseason guide to OTC with a look at the team salary cap pages. These are a must bookmark if you want to get a better picture of your overall team and salary cap commitments. The team salary cap page is a current snapshot of the estimated cap charges for every player on the roster as well as what a team could save (or lose) in cap room by releasing a player. To reach a team’s cap page simply click on the team in the top menu that you want to view and bookmark your favorite team so you can quickly get back to it during this busy time. Continue reading An Offseason Guide to OTC: Team Cap Pages »

An Offseason Guide to OTC: Cap Space

This is the time of year where I get multiple questions via email, twitter, facebook, and so on about various items related to free agency and the salary cap. Many of the answers are right on the website so I thought it might be a good idea to put up small posts each day detailing some of the features on OTC and where to find them and why you should bookmark them. Today we’ll start with salary cap space. Continue reading An Offseason Guide to OTC: Cap Space »