Faculty Advisor

Wills, Craig E


Expert analysts and team managers provide their opinions on how well NFL teams and players have done, but these methods are generally based on experience and often times lack objectivity. Using the many statistics that are recorded for NFL players, we investigate an objective, metric-based method to evaluate the talent acquired in the NFL. With the creation of an effective method to grade talent using both a cost and success metric, we investigate many factors of the NFL including statistical trends in the NFL draft, misconceptions regarding the overvaluing or undervaluing of draft picks or specific positions, the effect of age on player performance, and even the simple question of which teams draft the best.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science