I'm doing some research on the history of the 21st pick in the NFL Draft and I wanted to pass along a sortable table of the pick's history that I created with the help of Pro Football Reference's Draft Finder. Thanks to their data, I was able to grab the history of the 21st pick - the player, position, college team and NFL team that drafted them - and drop it into the sortable table you all know and love.
I chose the last thirty years of draft picks for no other reason than thirty sounded like a nice round number that wasn't too big. Any longer than 30-years and that can get overwhelming, especially in table form. I know that the past history of the 21st pick is little indicator what will happen in the future but nevertheless, it's interesting to see the historical action around the pick.
Pick No. 21 has been traded quite a bit in the last few years, as Larry McDaniel tweeted out recently. In 2009, the Eagles traded the 21st pick to the Browns so Cleveland could land C Alex Mack. In 2008, the Falcons traded up with the Redskins to get OT Sam Baker at No. 21. And in 2007, Denver traded the 21st pick (and a second and sixth round pick) to Jacksonville for the No. 17 pick.
As far as the players actually drafted at No. 21, here's how the positions break down by count:
- Running back (7);
- Wide receiver (5);
- Tight end (3):
- Tackle (3);
- Defensive end (3);
- Defensive back (3);
- Center (2);
- Nose tackle (2);
- Linebacker (1); and,
- Guard (1).
The top four positions (and more than half of the total picks) are offensive ones, but again I don't think you can draw many conclusions as to what the Chiefs may do from this data. Just interesting food for thought.
The Kansas City Chiefs' own history at No. 21 is somewhat scattered - Sly Mo in 2000, Harvey Williams in 1991 and John Alt in 1984. Scott Pioli's history with the 21st pick is a bit more lively. Pioli drafted RB Laurence Maroney in 2006; NT Vince Wilfork in 2004; and TE Daniel Graham in 2002.
Here's that table of the No. 21 draft picks over the last thirty years. Thoughts on what you see?
Click the header of a column to sort it.
|2004||Vince Wilfork||NT||NWE||Miami (FL)|
|2003||Jeff Faine||C||CLE||Notre Dame|
|2001||Nate Clements||DB||BUF||Ohio State|
|2000||Sylvester Morris||WR||KAN||Jackson State|
|1999||L.J. Shelton||T||ARI||Eastern Michigan|
|1997||Renaldo Wynn||DE||JAX||Notre Dame|
|1996||Pete Kendall||G||SEA||Boston College|
|1993||Robert Smith||RB||MIN||Ohio State|
|1989||Bill Hawkins||DE||RAM||Miami (FL)|
|1987||Roger Vick||RB||NYJ||Texas A&M|
|1984||William Fuller||DE||RAM||North Carolina|
|1983||Gabe Rivera||NT||PIT||Texas Tech|
|1982||Gerald Willhite||RB||DEN||San Jose State|