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Old 04-02-2007, 03:45 PM   #1
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Draft: Need vs. Best Player

There wouldn't be this dilemma for a team if the best available choice in the draft was also at a need position, but that is a best case scenario.

The Redskins seem to be in a difficult situation, where there isn't much in terms of elite players at their "need" position (defensive line). So to them, there isn't much value to them with picking at the 6 overall spot. Getting someone lower in the first round would probably get them the same kind of value without giving up too much as far as defensive line talent appears to be in this draft.

Question to you all: If the redskins have no other option other than to stay put and draft at #6, would you pick for need or best available (immediate impact or otherwise)?
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There wouldn't be this dilemma for a team if the best available choice in the draft was also at a need position, but that is a best case scenario.

The Redskins seem to be in a difficult situation, where there isn't much in terms of elite players at their "need" position (defensive line). So to them, there isn't much value to them with picking at the 6 overall spot. Getting someone lower in the first round would probably get them the same kind of value without giving up too much as far as defensive line talent appears to be in this draft.

Question to you all: If the redskins have no other option other than to stay put and draft at #6, would you pick for need or best available (immediate impact or otherwise)?
need without a doubt
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Old 04-02-2007, 03:49 PM   #3
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Re: Draft: Need vs. Best Player

With this high of a pick, you absolutely go for need.

Within reason of course, you can't reach for someone with this high of a pick either.
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Old 04-02-2007, 03:53 PM   #4
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With this high of a pick, you absolutely go for need.

Within reason of course, you can't reach for someone with this high of a pick either.

Matty, who do you think would be best "need" player at the 6 spot ?
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Old 04-02-2007, 03:54 PM   #5
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You take the best available at a position of need.
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I would say either Branch or Adams
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Matty, who do you think would be best "need" player at the 6 spot ?
Personally I would go for the best available DE/DT
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You take the best available at a position of need.

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Old 04-02-2007, 04:04 PM   #9
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Re: Draft: Need vs. Best Player

I always would draft for the best available player.

If each player has a certain amount of wattage in terms of their ability to positively effect their teams performance, would you pick a 10 watt player over a 1000 watt player, just because the 10 watt player is where you have a "need?"

The best thing is in my view to accumulate the most overall wattage for your team. Then, with the most wattage possible, you are in the best position to trade other players and so forth to bring your team into balance.
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:22 PM   #10
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Re: Draft: Need vs. Best Player

One reason I ask this is what happened in last year's draft. It appeared that after the draft, there was a lot of criticism for Houston by picking based on need instead of best available player (Mario Williams instead of Reggie Bush) - enough to pressure (self-imposed ?) Casserly to quit soon after.

Basically, if you were given this scenario again, would you pick Williams or Bush ? And it's okay to cheat and use last year's performance of both the team (Texans/Saints) and players (Williams/Bush) to decide.
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Re: Draft: Need vs. Best Player

It depends on the situation of your team. Besides defensive line, we don't have a ton of really weak areas. We should go for the best player available. I don't like it, but we've hidden our defensive line for all but one year. While I think we need to address it eventually, if there's a top tier player there I wouldn't pass it up.
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Re: Draft: Need vs. Best Player

Alan Branch = Jimmy Kennedy

Amobi Okoye = Fixture at DT for the next 13 years.
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Alan Branch = Jimmy Kennedy

Amobi Okoye = Fixture at DT for the next 13 years.
I agree. Branch has underacheiver written all over him.
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Re: Draft: Need vs. Best Player

we need defense. its plain and simple. Calvin Johnson might bring hi-lites, but adds no more wins. for me, the wins are the thing
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:59 PM   #15
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we need defense. its plain and simple. Calvin Johnson might bring hi-lites, but adds no more wins. for me, the wins are the thing
What about Landry instead of the best defensive lineman/dt/de (whatever you prefer) ?
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