High risks, high costs associated with high picks
The draft always will be a guessing game to some extent, but with rookie salaries escalating sharply for top picks, NFL teams appear increasingly wary of picking early.
Twenty-five players have entered the NFL as top-five overall draft choices since 2003.
Twelve of the 18 teams responsible for those selections haven't won a playoff game since drafting in the top five.
Ten failed to finish last season with a winning record.
Seven have made two top-five selections since 2003, but only one of them, the New York Jets, has a playoff victory to show for its investments.
Those seven teams -- Oakland, Detroit, ...
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2008 SCOUTING COMBINE
Commentary/Features• Reese: Five things about scouting
• Sando: Teams wary of high picks
• Clayton: Combine wrap-up
• Hashmarks blog
• Reese: Five best talent evaluators
• Clayton: Best ways to draft QBs
• Chadiha: Gholston's ready for his closeup
• Chadiha: CB could join 2 other Troy stars in NFL
• Yasinskas: OL Long makes sense for Miami
• Clayton: Deep left tackle pool
• Yasinskas: Deaf player's pro aspirations
• Sando: Combine superstars
• Yasinskas: Workout warrior Mamula
• Clayton: Pats, Colts among top talent evaluators
• Sando: Combine questions (and answers)
• Alipour: Helpful tips from Mario Williams
• Reese: 10 great combine workouts
• Reese: Five important intangibles
• Kiper: Five players with something to prove
• Research: Top combine performers since 2000
News• Vincent: No big HGH problem
Scouts Inc.• McShay combine buzz: Day 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1
• Pos. rankings: QB | FB | RB | WR
• More: TE | OL | DL | LB | DB
Video• McShay: Character concerns for McFadden?
• Sando: Psychological tests
• McShay: Stock rising, stock falling
• Flacco and Woodson stand out among QBs
• McShay: Breaking down McFadden
• McShay: Speed sets WRs apart
• Clayton: News and notes
• Mosley: Relaxed times in Indianapolis
• Yasinskas: No QB controversy in Washington
• Chadiha: Catching up with front-office personnel
• NFL hopeful's story of survival
• Kiper: Five players to watch
• Todd McShay's combine preview
• Schlereth's top 5 teams at evaluating talent
• Salisbury's top 5 teams at evaluating talent
• LSU's Dorsey learning the drills
• All access: Michigan OL Jake Long
• QB Flacco trying to measure up
• Proving ground for relative unknowns