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. 

PickTeamPlayerPosTotalSigning BonusAPYAPY RankHigh VeteranLow Veteran
1RamsJared GoffQB$27,937,672$18,518,308$6,984,41826Chase DanielJameis Winston
2EaglesCarson WentzQB$26,676,338$17,600,972$6,669,08527Chase DanielJameis Winston
3ChargersJoey Bosa34OLB$25,873,672$17,017,216$6,468,41817Brandon GrahamRobert Mathis
4CowboysEzekiel ElliotRB$24,956,342$16,350,068$6,239,08610DeMarco MurrayCJ Anderson
5JaguarsJalen RamseyCB$23,350,998$15,182,544$5,837,75029Davon HouseJeremy Lane
6RavensRonnie StanleyLT$20,484,328$13,097,692$5,121,08222Luke JoeckelMatt Kalil
749ersDeForest Buckner34DE$18,190,990$11,429,812$4,547,74816Leonard WilliamsKendall Langford
8TitansJack ConklinLT$15,897,658$9,761,932$3,974,41525Donald StephensonMichael Oher
9BearsLeonard Floyd34OLB$15,782,990$9,678,536$3,945,74829Mike NealWillie Young
10GiantsEli AppleCB$15,152,320$9,219,868$3,788,08044Tracy PorterOrlando Scandrick
11BuccaneersVernon HargravesCB$14,177,654$8,511,020$3,544,41447Captain MunnerlynJerraud Powers
12SaintsSheldon Rankins43DT$12,801,646$7,510,288$3,200,41219Paul SoliaiNick Fairley
13DolphinsLaremy TunsilLT$12,457,650$7,260,108$3,114,41328Michael OherJoe Reitz
14RaidersKarl JosephS$11,884,316$6,843,140$2,971,07935Chris ConteBradley Mcdougald
15BrownsCorey ColemanWR$11,654,980$6,676,348$2,913,74555Brian HartlineDeVante Parker
16LionsTaylor DeckerRT$10,966,978$6,175,984$2,741,74525Andrus PeatRyan Schraeder
17FalconsKeanu NealS$10,737,646$6,009,196$2,684,41236Chris ConteBradley Mcdougald
18ColtsRyan KellyC$10,450,986$5,800,716$2,612,74717Tim BarnesCam Erving
19BillsShaq Lawson43DE$10,278,976$5,675,620$2,569,74433Benson MayowaRyan Davis
20JetsDarron LeeILB$10,221,644$5,633,924$2,555,41124Keenan RobinsonBrandon Marshall
21TexansWill FullerWR$10,164,312$5,592,228$2,541,07859Kamar AikenBrandon LaFell
22RedskinsJosh DoctsonWR$10,049,644$5,508,832$2,512,41160Kamar AikenBrandon LaFell
23VikingsLaquon TreadwellWR$9,934,980$5,425,440$2,483,74562Brandon LaFellNelson Agholar
24BengalsWilliam JacksonCB$9,705,648$5,258,652$2,426,41261Darius ButlerKyle Fuller
25SteelersArtie BurnsCB$9,590,980$5,175,256$2,397,74563Kyle FullerMarcus Peters
26BroncosPaxton LynchQB$9,476,306$5,091,860$2,369,07739Colt McCoyMatt McGloin
27PackersKenny Clark34DE$9,361,642$5,008,468$2,340,41131Arik ArmsteadVance Walker
2849ersJoshua GarnettG$9,304,310$4,966,772$2,326,07830Chris ChesterZack Martin
30CardinalsRobert Nkemdiche34DT$8,600,592$4,454,976$2,150,14832Arik ArmsteadVance Walker
31PanthersVernon Butler43DT$8,396,516$4,306,556$2,099,12928Alan BranchTerrance Knighton
32SeahawksGermain IfediRT$8,265,110$4,210,988$2,066,27834Riley ReiffJustin Pugh

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