Patriots Among NFL’s Worst When It Comes to 1st Round Draft Value

Patriots Among NFL’s Worst When It Comes to 1st Round Draft Value
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The 21st century has been a shining star for the New England Patriots on and off the field, with six titles spread out between 2001 and 2018 and the league’s second-best win percentage between 2014 and 2023 (alongside the Pittsburgh Steelers) at .632.

Still, even the NFL’s most successful franchises aren’t without warts, and the Patriots have shown theirs by struggling to land franchise-caliber players in the first round of the NFL Draft over the last 10 years. Although you have to guess those backing the Patriots in Massachusetts sports betting will happily take all those trophies over statistical victories in the draft.

Still, since 2014, New England has posted the NFL’s second-worst approximate value total in the first round, with 136 spread out across eight picks.

Utilizing, combined the total approximate value of the career of each NFL teams' 1st-round NFL draft picks from 2014 to 2023. The teams were then ranked on the average approximate value per pick to see what team has utilized their picks the best.   

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NFL Teams Ranked by Value of 1st Round Draft Picks

RankTeamTotal Approximate Value# of 1st Round Draft PicksAverage Approximate Value Per Pick
1Los Angeles Rams285471.3
2Dallas Cowboys372941.3
3Chicago Bears253736.1
4Buffalo Bills322935.8
5Tampa Bay Buccaneers312934.7
6Kansas City Chiefs235733.6
7Baltimore Ravens4281332.9
8Indianapolis Colts174629.0
T-9Carolina Panthers2891028.9
T-9Miami Dolphins3181128.9
11Pittsburgh Steelers258928.7
12San Francisco 49ers3141128.5
13New York Giants3401228.3
14Cleveland Browns3371228.1
15New Orleans Saints3361228.0
16Atlanta Falcons3051127.7
17Tennessee Titans2981127.1
18Las Vegas Raiders3151226.3
19Los Angeles Chargers2871126.1
20Denver Broncos203825.4
21Arizona Cardinals226925.1
22Detroit Lions3001225.0
23Washington Commanders2461024.6
24Jacksonville Jaguars2901224.2
25Minnesota Vikings2411024.1
26Houston Texans183822.9
27New York Jets2861322.0
T-28Cincinnati Bengals1911019.1
T-28Green Bay Packers1911019.1
30Philadelphia Eagles1881018.8
31New England Patriots136817.0
32Seattle Seahawks110715.7

Massachusetts betting apps list San Francisco as the Super Bowl favorite at +500, followed by back-to-back champion Kansas City at +650.

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Patriots Among Worst in Getting 1st Round Value

The last 10 years have been very kind to the Pats franchise, wins-wise, but far less impactful on the draft front, as New England ranks behind Cincinnati, Green Bay and Philadelphia in first-round draft pick value.

The only franchise the Pats ranked ahead of is Seattle, which has gotten 110 AV from its seven first-round draft picks between 2014 and 2023, giving it the NFL’s worst AV per year average at 15.7.

Of the Pats’ last 10 first round picks, Malcolm Brown is the greatest success story, AV-wise, at 43. Mac Jones (24 AV), Isaiah Wynn (22 AV) and Sonny Michel (21 AV) are the only other New England draftees to notch 20 or more AV in their careers.

When broken down by raw AV totals alone, Baltimore (428 AV), Dallas (372 AV), the N.Y. Giants (340 AV), Cleveland (337 AV) and New Orleans (336 AV) are the NFL’s leaders.

BetMGM Massachusetts has the Patriots in a four-way tie with the Giants, Tennessee and Washington for the second-worst Super Bowl odds in the NFL at +15000.

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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