Draft pick contracts can’t be renegotiated until the conclusion of a player’s third NFL regular season. In 2012, the Patriots made 2010 second-round pick Rob Gronkowski and 2010 fourth-round pick Aaron Hernandez the NFL’s two highest-paid tight ends.
The 49ers made NaVorro Bowman, a 2010 third-round pick, one of the NFL’s five highest-paid inside linebackers during the middle of his third NFL season. Early first-round picks used to be paid like Pro Bowlers before playing a down in the NFL.
Bradford’s six-year contract as 2010’s first overall pick had a base value of $78 million where $50 million was fully guaranteed.