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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) poses for a photo with Tyron Smith, #9 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys, on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) poses for a photo with Tyron Smith, #9 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys, on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – On this Draft Day 2014, let’s take a look at which teams have had the most productive draft days over the past four years.

Without regard to anything other than total number of games played and started among 2010-2013 draft picks, the Miami Dolphins top the list with 1064 total games played and started (720 games/344 starts).

So, what did that get GM Jeff Ireland? Fired, of course.

Ireland, by the way, was just hired by the Seattle Seahawks as a draft room consultant.

Perhaps Seahawks GM John Schneider and Head Coach Pete Carroll realize that Ireland’s Dolphins were the only team to have more games played and started by 2010-13 draft picks than the Seahawks themselves.

Not surprisingly, the World Champion Seahawks are right behind the Dolphins with 1057 games and starts from their last four draft classes.

Seattle has been particularly effective on the 3rd day of the draft (rounds 4-7), having used a plethora of picks (28) to produce 15 keepers on their roster. Those 4th to 7th round selections from 2010-13 have played a total of 363 games with 156 starts.

Of course, most notable among those late Seahawks picks are Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman (2011 5th rounder), safety Kam Chancellor (2010 5th rounder), and linebacker Malcolm Smith (2011 7th rounder).

While the Seahawks have ruled the late rounds, the AFC Champion Denver Broncos claim the crown for 1st thru 3rd round production the past four years. Denver has a combined 456 games played and 301 starts amongst its top 3 round selections.

In contrast, the Cowboys last four drafts have produced only seven 4th to 7th round picks who played in a game (131games/22 starts), ranking 29th in the league for 3rd day production.

Overall, Dallas ranks 25th with 18 draft picks the past four years, who combined for 711 games and starts (458 games/253 starts).

The Cowboys have held their own in the first three rounds. The likes of Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith, Demarco Murray, and Travis Frederick have helped Dallas rank 12th in the NFL in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round production since 2010 (326 games/231 starts).

Here are the team rankings:

2010-13 Draft Picks

Games

Starts

Total

1. Miami

720

340

1064

2. Seattle

660

397

1057

3. Houston

705

339

1044

4. Tennessee

690

324

1014

5. Denver

637

356

993

6. Cleveland

563

405

968

7. Tampa Bay

565

381

946

8. St. Louis

607

325

932

9. Pittsburgh

655

277

932

10. Cincinnati

585

335

920

11. Philadelphia

631

283

914

12. Baltimore

671

242

913

13. New England

557

323

880

14. Minnesota

613

257

870

15. Kansas City

544

313

857

16. San Diego

560

296

856

17. Washington

565

284

849

18. Atlanta

598

246

844

19. San Francisco

558

280

838

20. Green Bay

593

239

832

21. Arizona

531

294

825

22. Buffalo

535

271

806

23. Oakland

474

256

730

24. NY Jets

486

240

726

25. Dallas

458

253

711

26. Indianapolis

399

233

632

27. Jacksonville

404

220

624

28. Carolina

396

209

605

29. Detroit

409

195

604

30. NY Giants

415

153

568

31. New Orleans

344

205

549

32. Chicago

328

210

538

A comparison of the production of the 1st through 3rd round picks from the last four draft classes (2010-13):

1st thru 3rd Rounds

Games

Starts

Total

1. Denver

456

301

757

2. Cleveland

413

331

744

3. New England

441

297

738

4. St. Louis

434

283

717

5. Kansas City

410

258

668

6. Cincinnati

397

233

630

7. Houston

397

232

629

8. San Diego

350

250

600

9. SanFrancisco

356

244

600

10. Tennessee

366

226

592

11. Miami

367

217

584

12. Dallas

327

231

558

13. Buffalo

325

227

552

14. Arizona

326

221

547

15. Pittsburgh

359

188

547

16. Seattle

297

241

538

17. NY Jets

341

193

534

18. Baltimore

346

185

531

19. Tampa Bay

279

231

510

20. Atlanta

283

208

491

21. Minnesota

297

186

483

22. New Orleans

294

183

477

23. Philadelphia

280

163

443

24. NY Giants

298

126

424

25. Indianapolis

233

178

411

26. Washington

220

176

396

27. Green Bay

253

143

396

28. Oakland

214

180

394

29. Jacksonville

229

165

394

30. Detroit

225

168

393

31. Chicago

224

161

385

31. Carolina

207

160

367

And, the rankings of the 3rd day picks from the 2010-13 drafts:

4th thru 7th Rounds

Games

Starts

Total

1. Seattle

363

156

519

2. Miami

353

127

480

3. Philadelphia

351

120

471

4. Washington

345

104

449

5. Tampa Bay

286

150

436

6. Green Bay

340

96

436

7. Tennessee

324

98

422

8. Houston

308

107

415

9. Minnesota

316

71

387

10. Baltimore

325

57

382

11. Pittsburgh

296

79

375

12. Atlanta

315

38

353

13. Oakland

260

76

336

14. Cincinnati

188

102

290

15. Arizona

205

73

278

16. San Diego

210

46

256

17. Carolina

189

49

238

18. San Francisco

202

36

238

19. Denver

181

55

236

20. Buffalo

190

44

234

21. Jacksonville

175

55

230

22. Cleveland

150

74

224

23. Indianapolis

166

55

221

24. St. Louis

171

42

213

25. Detroit

184

27

211

26. Kansas City

134

61

195

27. NY Jets

145

147

192

28. Chicago

104

49

153

29. Dallas

131

22

153

30. New England

116

26

142

31. NY Giants

117

17

134

32. New Orleans

50

23

73

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