Rookie Option Pick Up Near All Time High

The 5th year option decision for the 2018 draft class was today and there were some questions about how the new rules would impact the process. The new rules fully guaranteed the option at the date it was exercised compared to just injury guaranteed and also reduced the cost for some picks while raising it for others. Whatever concerns there were may not have been warranted with the 2018 draft class having the second highest option rate since the option was instituted in 2011 and the highest ever for the top 10 picks in the draft.

YearTop 10 Picked Up11-32 Picked UpTotal
201470.0%72.7%71.9%
201890.0%59.1%68.8%
201170.0%59.1%62.5%
201260.0%63.6%62.5%
201570.0%59.1%62.5%
201350.0%63.6%59.4%
201750.0%59.1%56.3%
201680.0%42.9%54.8%

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