The NFL has been looking for new talent in recent years, with teams looking for help with the new rules and roster cuts.
So it should come as no surprise that some of the league’s top teams have tried to use the draft as a recruiting tool, with the New York Giants selecting wide receiver Josh Cribbs in the sixth round last year and running back Rashad Jennings in the second round this year.
The Cowboys have tried the same tactic with running back Ezekiel Elliott in the first round last season, with running backs Darren McFadden and Terrance West coming in the third and fourth rounds respectively.
The Redskins are also trying to find help at receiver, drafting former Florida State quarterback Josh Doctson in the seventh round last offseason.
The other teams that have used the draft to recruit talent have come from the NFL’s East, where the Atlanta Falcons have drafted running back Tevin Coleman in the fourth round, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth, and the Cleveland Browns in the eighth.
The Miami Dolphins have also tried the draft, with first-round pick Mike Wallace in the ninth round in 2018.
In the West, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was drafted in the 11th round in 2016 and the Los Angeles Rams selected tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the 15th round this past season.
The Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans have all taken quarterbacks in the last two rounds.
The New York Jets have also used the pick to find talent, taking quarterback Geno Smith in the 10th round last May and cornerback Dwayne Harris in the 19th round the following year.
It’s unclear how many of the players the Jets have used in the draft this year were used in college.
The Jets have reportedly had two quarterbacks taken in the past three drafts, but they have also had a lot of interest in defensive linemen Dontari Poe and Sheldon Richardson, who are both projected to be draft targets in 2018, according to CBSSports.com.