Of those 81 first-round draft picks, 31 (38 percent) have been since 2000.
Considering the draft has been around since 1936, a pretty disproportionate number of first-round picks have come in the past 20 years. Since 2000, we are averaging 1.55 first-round picks per year. That average will go up this year with at least two guaranteed first-round picks. From 1936-1999, we averaged 0.8 first-round picks per year.
We are living in the golden years, friends. These are the best of times!