Looking at the NFL Rookie Contracts

I thought it might be fun during the draft to put up our contract estimates for each player but to also show where they should rank by contract annual value. While we all expect a lot from our draft picks and anyone who is not a star is generally considered a bust, in reality we don’t need exceptional play to get fair value for the player. The reason is because the actual player salary is generally so far down on the APY charts that many times average play will justify the actual year by year investment. So the following table will show the basic contract estimates for each player and the current NFL players who rank just above and below the draft picks salary. 

Pick Team Player Pos Total Signing Bonus APY APY Rank High Veteran Low Veteran
1 Rams Jared Goff QB $27,937,672 $18,518,308 $6,984,418 26 Chase Daniel Jameis Winston
2 Eagles Carson Wentz QB $26,676,338 $17,600,972 $6,669,085 27 Chase Daniel Jameis Winston
3 Chargers Joey Bosa 34OLB $25,873,672 $17,017,216 $6,468,418 17 Brandon Graham Robert Mathis
4 Cowboys Ezekiel Elliot RB $24,956,342 $16,350,068 $6,239,086 10 DeMarco Murray CJ Anderson
5 Jaguars Jalen Ramsey CB $23,350,998 $15,182,544 $5,837,750 29 Davon House Jeremy Lane
6 Ravens Ronnie Stanley LT $20,484,328 $13,097,692 $5,121,082 22 Luke Joeckel Matt Kalil
7 49ers DeForest Buckner 34DE $18,190,990 $11,429,812 $4,547,748 16 Leonard Williams Kendall Langford
8 Titans Jack Conklin LT $15,897,658 $9,761,932 $3,974,415 25 Donald Stephenson Michael Oher
9 Bears Leonard Floyd 34OLB $15,782,990 $9,678,536 $3,945,748 29 Mike Neal Willie Young
10 Giants Eli Apple CB $15,152,320 $9,219,868 $3,788,080 44 Tracy Porter Orlando Scandrick
11 Buccaneers Vernon Hargraves CB $14,177,654 $8,511,020 $3,544,414 47 Captain Munnerlyn Jerraud Powers
12 Saints Sheldon Rankins 43DT $12,801,646 $7,510,288 $3,200,412 19 Paul Soliai Nick Fairley
13 Dolphins Laremy Tunsil LT $12,457,650 $7,260,108 $3,114,413 28 Michael Oher Joe Reitz
14 Raiders Karl Joseph S $11,884,316 $6,843,140 $2,971,079 35 Chris Conte Bradley Mcdougald
15 Browns Corey Coleman WR $11,654,980 $6,676,348 $2,913,745 55 Brian Hartline DeVante Parker
16 Lions Taylor Decker RT $10,966,978 $6,175,984 $2,741,745 25 Andrus Peat Ryan Schraeder
17 Falcons Keanu Neal S $10,737,646 $6,009,196 $2,684,412 36 Chris Conte Bradley Mcdougald
18 Colts Ryan Kelly C $10,450,986 $5,800,716 $2,612,747 17 Tim Barnes Cam Erving
19 Bills Shaq Lawson 43DE $10,278,976 $5,675,620 $2,569,744 33 Benson Mayowa Ryan Davis
20 Jets Darron Lee ILB $10,221,644 $5,633,924 $2,555,411 24 Keenan Robinson Brandon Marshall
21 Texans Will Fuller WR $10,164,312 $5,592,228 $2,541,078 59 Kamar Aiken Brandon LaFell
22 Redskins Josh Doctson WR $10,049,644 $5,508,832 $2,512,411 60 Kamar Aiken Brandon LaFell
23 Vikings Laquon Treadwell WR $9,934,980 $5,425,440 $2,483,745 62 Brandon LaFell Nelson Agholar
24 Bengals William Jackson CB $9,705,648 $5,258,652 $2,426,412 61 Darius Butler Kyle Fuller
25 Steelers Artie Burns CB $9,590,980 $5,175,256 $2,397,745 63 Kyle Fuller Marcus Peters
26 Broncos Paxton Lynch QB $9,476,306 $5,091,860 $2,369,077 39 Colt McCoy Matt McGloin
27 Packers Kenny Clark 34DE $9,361,642 $5,008,468 $2,340,411 31 Arik Armstead Vance Walker
28 49ers Joshua Garnett G $9,304,310 $4,966,772 $2,326,078 30 Chris Chester Zack Martin
30 Cardinals Robert Nkemdiche 34DT $8,600,592 $4,454,976 $2,150,148 32 Arik Armstead Vance Walker
31 Panthers Vernon Butler 43DT $8,396,516 $4,306,556 $2,099,129 28 Alan Branch Terrance Knighton
32 Seahawks Germain Ifedi RT $8,265,110 $4,210,988 $2,066,278 34 Riley Reiff Justin Pugh