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How Much Each Player Selected in the First Round of the NFL Draft Makes

How Much Each Player Selected in the First Round of the NFL Draft Makes

Only 32 can make the cut

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From extreme conditions on the field to the bright shining lights of the stadium, football is a highly competitive sport in which only the best make it to the top. And every year, football stars from college campuses around the nation put their jerseys aside, dress up in their finest gear and hope to be one of the 32 draftees chosen in the first round of the NFL draft. But there’s more than pride on the line — there’s a lot of money up for grabs, too. So how much does it pay to be the first pick compared to the 32nd?

Using data from the NFL and Spotrac — an online sports system that breaks down contracts, yearly salaries and more — we found the contracts and signing bonuses signed by each 2019 first-round draft pick and compared them to other players who have signed four-year contracts in the previous four years. What we’ve found is clear: it pays to be No. 1.

#1 draft pick

#1 draft pick

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Quarterback Kyler Murray was the first pick in the 2019 NFL draft, selected by the Arizona Cardinals. He signed a four-year contract worth just over $35.1 million, which included a signing bonus of $23.5 million. The average contract for the No. 1 draft pick between 2015 and 2019 was an estimated $30.3 million.

#2 draft pick

#2 draft pick

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Defensive end Nick Bosa signed a four-year contract worth just over $33.5 million with the San Francisco 49ers — one of 2020’s Super Bowl contenders — with a signing bonus of over $22.4 million. Bosa’s contract was about $1.6 million less than Kyler Murray’s, but it was $4.6 million more than the average contract for a No. 4 pick. Between 2015 and 2019, the average was just over $28.9 million.

#3 draft pick

#3 draft pick

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Quinnen Williams, the third pick in the 2019 NFL draft, joined the ranks of New York celebrities when he signed a four-year deal worth over $32.5 million with the Jets. More than $21.6 million of that was a signing bonus. The average contract for the No. 3 draft pick between 2015 and 2019 was just about $28 million.

#4 draft pick

#4 draft pick

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Defensive end Clelin Ferrell wound up in California as the fourth pick in the 2019 draft. He signed a four-year contract worth just over $31.3 million with the Oakland Raiders that included a signing bonus of over $20.8 million. Ferrell’s contract offer was the highest in five years for a No. 4 pick and $4.29 million more than the average contract inked by players selected in that spot between 2015 and 2019.

#5 draft pick

#5 draft pick

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There’s more to Florida than Disney and the beach, like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which drafted linebacker Devin White with the fifth pick in the 2019 NFL draft. White signed a four-year, $29.3 million contract with a signing bonus of just over $19.3 million. The average contract for the No. 5 draft pick between 2015 and 2019 was about $25.3 million.

#6 draft pick

#6 draft pick

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The sixth draft pick is when the average contract starts to decline more dramatically. Quarterback Daniel Jones signed a four-year, $25.6 million contract with the New York Giants that included a $16.6 million signing bonus in 2019. The average contract for the No. 6 pick between 2015 and 2019 was just over $22.1 million.

#7 draft pick

#7 draft pick

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Josh Allen, the seventh pick of the 2019 draft, signed a four-year, $22.7 million contract, including a $14.5 million signing bonus, and headed to the Sunshine State with the Jacksonville Jaguars. His contract was approximately $3 million more than the average deal offered to the seventh pick between 2015 and 2019 — an estimated $19.7 million.

#8 draft pick

#8 draft pick

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After likely enduring some bizarre interview questions at the NFL combine, T.J. Hockenson, the eighth pick in the 2019 NFL draft, signed a four-year, $19.8 million contract with the Detroit Lions that included a signing bonus of $12.4 million. The average contract for the No. 8 draft pick between 2015 and 2019 was just over $17.1 million.

#9 draft pick

#9 draft pick

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Defensive tackle Ed Oliver, out of Houston, was the ninth pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He signed a four-year, $19.5 million contract with the Buffalo Bills that included a $12.2 million signing bonus. The average contract for the ninth pick between 2015 and 2019 was $16.4 million.

#10 draft pick

#10 draft pick

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The 10th pick in the 2019 draft was Devin Bush. Bush headed to a team named after the location’s industrial workforce when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, signing a four-year, $18.8 million contract that included an $11.7 million signing bonus. The average contract for the 10th pick between 2015 and 2019 was $16.3 million.

#11 draft pick

#11 draft pick

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Jonah Williams was the 11th pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Williams was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals and signed a four-year, $17.6 million contract, including a $10.8 million signing bonus. The average contract for the 11th draft pick between 2015 and 2019 was $15.1 million.

#12 draft pick

#12 draft pick

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Rashan Gary kept it all in the midwest. Gary played football at Michigan and headed to Wisconsin when he was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 12th pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He signed a four-year, $15.8 million contract with a $9.5 million signing bonus. Although Gary was part of the elite 32 first-round picks, his contract was more than $19 million less than the first draft pick only 11 spots before him. However, Gary did earn more than his predecessors: The average contract for the 12th draft pick between 2015 and 2019 was about $13.8 million.

#13 draft pick

#13 draft pick

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Christian Wilkins, the 13th pick in the 2019 draft, inked a four-year, $15.4 million contract — including a $9.2 million signing bonus — with the Miami Dolphins. The average contract for the 13th pick between 2015 and 2019 was an estimated $13.5 million.

#14 draft pick

#14 draft pick

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Chris Lindstrom was the 14th pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He signed a four-year, $14.6 million contract with an $8.6 million signing bonus and headed down south where the peaches grow to play for the Atlanta Falcons. The average contract for the 14th pick between 2015 and 2019 was an estimated $12.8 million, approximately $1.9 million less than Lindstrom’s overall deal.

#15 draft pick

#15 draft pick

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Dwayne Haskins, the 15th pick in the 2019 NFL draft, signed a four-year, $14.4 million contract with the Washington Redskins that included an $8.5 million signing bonus. Haskins had been widely projected to be selected in the top 10, and his slide down the draft board cost him — his deal was more than $11 million less than that of the No. 6 pick, when the first quarterback was taken, and more than $20 million less than the first pick in the draft.

#16 draft pick

#16 draft pick

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After the 15th pick, the average monetary declines from pick to pick aren’t as dramatic. Brian Burns was the 16th pick in the 2019 NFL draft, selected by the Carolina Panthers. He signed a four-year, $13.5 million contract that included a $7.8 million signing bonus. The average contract for the No. 16 pick between 2015 and 2019 was an estimated $11.8 million.

#17 draft pick

#17 draft pick

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The 17th pick in the 2019 NFL draft was Dexter Lawrence. The former Clemson University standout signed a four-year, $13.2 million contract with the New York Giants with a $7.6 million signing bonus. The average contract for the No. 17 draft pick between 2015 and 2019 was an estimated $11.5 million, approximately $1.7 million less than Lawrence’s contract.

#18 draft pick

#18 draft pick

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Garrett Bradbury was the 18th pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Bradbury signed a four-year, $12.8 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings, including a $7.3 million signing bonus. The average contract for the No. 18 draft pick between 2015 and 2019 was an estimated $11.2 million.

#19 draft pick

#19 draft pick

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The Tennessee Titans selected Jeffery Simmons with the 19th pick in the 2019 draft, signing him to a four-year, $12.6 million contract that included a $7.2 million signing bonus. The average contract for the No. 19 draft pick between 2015 and 2019 was $11.3 million.

#20 draft pick

#20 draft pick

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Noah Fant was the 20th pick in the 2019 NFL draft, selected by the Denver Broncos. Fant signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract that included a $7.1 million signing bonus. The average contract for the 20th pick between 2015 and 2019 was $11 million.

#21 draft pick

#21 draft pick

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Darnell Savage was the 21st pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract with the Green Bay Packers that included a $7.1 million signing bonus and is now cheered on by the cheeseheads. The average contract for the 21st pick between 2015 and 2019 was just over $10.9 million, approximately $1.5 million less than Savage’s contract.

#22 draft pick

#22 draft pick

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Washington State’s Andre Dillard moved across the country to become an East Coaster. He was the 22nd pick in the 2019 draft, signing a four-year, $12.3 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, including a $7.01 million signing bonus. Dillard’s contract was the highest for a No. 22 pick in four years, with the average contract for the slot landing at an estimated $10.8 million between 2015 and 2019.

#23 draft pick

#23 draft pick

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Tytus Howard was the 23rd pick in the 2019 NFL draft, selected by the Houston Texans. He signed a four-year, $12.2 million contract with a $6.9 million signing bonus. The average contract for the 23rd pick between 2015 and 2019 was $10.5 million.

#24 draft pick

#24 draft pick

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Josh Jacobs, the 24th pick in the 2019 draft, signed a four-year, $11.9 million contract with the Oakland Raiders that included a $6.6 million signing bonus. The average contract for the 24th pick between 2015 and 2019 was $10.4 million.

#25 draft pick

#25 draft pick

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From the spirited school of Oklahoma University, Marquise Brown was the 25th pick in the 2019 NFL draft, selected by the Baltimore Ravens. Brown signed a four-year, $11.7 million contract with a $6.5 million signing bonus. The average contract for the 25th pick between 2015 and 2019 was $10.3 million, approximately $1.4 million less than Brown’s 2019 contract.

#26 draft pick

#26 draft pick

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Montez Sweat — one of the three players from the beautiful Southern college of Mississippi State to be selected in the first round — was picked No. 26 by the Washington Redskins. He signed a four-year, $11.6 million contract that included a $6.4 million signing bonus. The average contract for the 26th pick between 2015 and 2019 was about $10.1 million.

#27 draft pick

#27 draft pick

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Johnathan Abram, picked 27th overall by the Oakland Raiders in 2019, signed a four-year, $11.4 million contract that included a $6.3 million signing bonus. The average contract for the 27th pick between 2015 and 2019 was approximately $10 million.

#28 draft pick

#28 draft pick

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The Los Angeles Chargers selected Jerry Tillery with the 28th pick in the 2019 draft, signing him to a four-year, $11.4 million contract with a $6.3 million signing bonus. Although one of the lucky few to be selected in the first round, Tillery signed for approximately $24 million less than the first draft pick.

#29 draft pick

#29 draft pick

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The Seattle Seahawks selected L.J. Collier with the 29th pick in the 2019 NFL draft, signing him to a four-year, $10.8 million contract that included a $5.9 million signing bonus. The average contract for the 29th pick between 2015 and 2019 was approximately $9.4 million.

#30 draft pick

#30 draft pick

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Deandre Baker was the 30th pick in the 2019 draft, taken by the New York Giants. Baker signed a four-year, $10.5 million contract with a $5.6 million signing bonus. Baker’s contract was approximately $24.6 million less than the first pick in the draft, Kyler Murray.

#31 draft pick

#31 draft pick

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Kaleb McGary was the 31st pick of the 2019 NFL draft, signing a $10.2 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons that included a $5.4 million signing bonus. The average contract for the 31st pick between 2015 and 2019 was approximately $8.9 million.

#32 draft pick

#32 draft pick

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The New England Patriots selected N’Keal Harry with the 32nd pick in the 2019 NFL draft, signing him to a four-year, $10.09 million contract that included a $5.3 million signing bonus. Harry’s contract was the highest in three years for a 32nd pick (2016 featured only 31 picks). But although Harry and No. 1 pick Kyler Murray were both chosen in the first round, Murray’s rookie deal was worth more than $25 million more than Harry’s. With that kind of money up for grabs, it’s easy to see how being an athlete is one of the highest-paying jobs you can get without a college degree.

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