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The Red and Gold Standard: A Valuation of 49er First Round Draft Selections

Published by on May 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

To better quantify a team’s draft success it is best to think like a skilled valuator. Although incompetent when it comes to calculating credit derivatives or effectively stimulating the economy, economists are masters of the art of valuation. Like a good economist, this sports writer set out to compare each 49er first round selection under the Scott McCloughan and Mike Nolan administration by weighing the marginal benefit against the foregone opportunity costs of each pick. To the economically uninformed, the marginal benefit would include the added value, or player, acquired with each selection. To quantify this value, one could simply evaluate the career statistics (adjusted for position) and contribution of the respective...

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