Written by Justin Melo on March 13, 2017
It’s no secret that NFL teams and scouts alike covet big, physical players. Turn on just about any general manager introductory press conference of the last several years, and you’ll hear similar claims from them all: they’re looking for big, tough, smart, physical, coachable, team-first players. But the numbers show that teams have been willing to ignore size when it comes to drafting defensive backs, and with good reason.
Just under a year ago, SB Nation published this article on how NFL teams are shying away from small wide receivers, but not necessarily small defensive backs. It stated for every sub-6’0 WR picked in the first five rounds, six sub-6’0 defensive backs are being selected. That sentiment rang especially true during the 2016 NFL Draft, when 17 sub-6’0 defensive backs were selected in the first five rounds, versus just three sub-6’0 wide receivers in the same rounds.