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Who is the best drafting general manager in football?

With all the data available on the current crop, there's probably a way to make an educated guess, right? Naturally, sample size will keep some of the newer general managers down, but not when the bar is set at how many of their picks make the All-Rookie Team.

That is the data NFL Media Research has provided us today, ranking the number of draft picks that made the all-rookie team per general manager, and the total percentage of that GM's picks that have made the All-Rookie Team.

Here's the raw data (the Redskins' Scott McCloughan, Bears' Ryan Pace, Jets' Mike Maccagnan and Eagles' Chip Kelly are not listed because they've yet to oversee drafts as GMs for their current teams):

How GMs draft
GM Team Year 1 Seasons Picks All-Rookies Percent
Dave Caldwell JAX 2013 2 17 0 0.00%
John Elway DEN 2011 4 29 1 3.45%
Ruston Webster TEN 2012 3 21 1 4.76%
John Schneider SEA 2010 5 48 3 6.25%
Kevin Colbert PIT 2000 15 122 8 6.56%
Doug Whaley BUF 2013 2 15 1 6.67%
Jerry Reese NYG 2007 8 60 4 6.67%
John Dorsey KC 2013 2 14 1 7.14%
Trent Baalke SF 2010 5 48 4 8.33%
Ryan Grigson IND 2012 3 22 2 9.09%
Rick Smith HOU 2006 9 73 7 9.59%
Bill Belichick NE 2000 15 133 13 9.77%
Ozzie Newsome BAL 2002 13 110 11 10.00%
Mike Brown CIN 1991 24 210 22 10.48%
Thomas Dimitroff ATL 2008 7 55 6 10.91%
Jerry Jones DAL 1989 26 231 28 12.12%
Ted Thompson GB 2005 10 96 12 12.50%
Steve Keim ARI 2013 2 16 2 12.50%
Reggie McKenzie OAK 2012 3 24 3 12.50%
Martin Mayhew DET 2009 6 46 6 13.04%
Mickey Loomis NO 2002 13 82 11 13.41%
Ray Farmer CLE 2014 1 6 1 16.67%
Tom Telesco SD 2013 2 12 2 16.67%
Jason Licht TB 2014 1 6 1 16.67%
Rick Spielman MIN 2012 3 29 5 17.24%
Les Snead STL 2012 3 28 7 25.00%
Dennis Hickey MIA 2014 1 8 2 25.00%
Dave Gettleman CAR 2013 2 11 3 27.27%

Now, a few quick observations:

» Seahawks GM John Schneider is low on the list because so many of his star players like Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman were low-round draft picks and therefore didn't get the early notoriety. Plus, some of his rookies don't play right away. I think we can all rest assured that he's high up on anyone's top GM list.

» Our largest sample sizes are Mike Brown with the Bengals and Jerry Jones with the Dallas Cowboys. In all, not that bad. One in every 10 draft picks Brown made since 1991 made the All-Rookie Team. For Jones, his number, 12.12 percent, is even better. It will be fascinating to see where certain evaluators like Jerry Reese and Rick Smith -- both hired in the mid-2000s -- could do with that kind of sample size.

» Steelers GM Kevin Colbert hits at only a 6.56 percent rate, but just look at his first-round picks from 2000 to 2010: Plaxico Burress, Casey Hampton, Kendall Simmons, Troy Polamalu, Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller, Santonio Holmes, Lawrence Timmons, Rashard Mendenhall, Ziggy Hood and Maurkice Pouncey. I'm not sure anyone would have a problem with that.

» That being said, Bill Belichick has had the same amount of time in charge, and hits at nearly 10 percent. His first-round picks in that time: Richard Seymour, Daniel Graham, Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Logan Mankins, Laurence Maroney, Brandon Meriweather, Jerod Mayo and Devin McCourty. While arguably a little less inspiring, his ability in the later rounds is what placed him higher on the list.

» Jags GM Dave Caldwell is only two years in, but there's no doubt he'll need to hit on one this year. Three years without an All-Rookie selection is unheard of for gainfully employed GMs.

» Carolina has to be excited about the future. Dave Gettleman, a long-time disciple of Ernie Accorsi -- who built two Super Bowl teams of his own -- has had a strong first two drafts highlighted by the talented Kelvin Benjamin. Can he build a team around Cam Newton?

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