NFL First-Round Draft Picks Are Poised to Make 10% More This Year

For those lucky enough to be picked in the first round of the National Football League draft, more money is in play this year. First-round draftees are set to make 10 percent more in 2017, and 36 percent more than those selected first in 2011, the inaugural season under the NFL’s controlled rookie wage scale. Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is expected to go first for up to $30 million for a four-year contract, which would make his compensation equivalent to chief executives from companies like Mattel Inc., Southwest Airlines Co. and General Mills Inc.

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