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Old 03-13-2010, 03:47 PM   #31
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Re: Do You Draft for Need or Best Player Available?

As is with everything these days hybrid is the way to go. I think the smarter GM's put together a draft board based on pure talent. Like how go so and so is a tackle compared to how good of a cornerback another guy is. Basically grades that translate across position. If you have a position of need and the grade is only so many points below the true best player available you draft the guy for need.

I think Bruce Allen put it best. "We're going to draft the best player for the Redskins." Is that the best player available? "Usually it's the best player available."
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:00 PM   #32
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:03 PM   #33
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Exactly. For too long this organization has looked at the O-Line as a position that almost anyone can play, be it tackle, guard, or center. I think the last couple of years has proven that wrong. At least thinking you can play it well.
The last decade we have Chris Samuels, Derrick Dockery, Jim Molinaro, Reggie Coleman and Chad Rinehart to show for our efforts on the offensive line. Two consistent starters over a decade....That's just not getting it done.
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:11 PM   #34
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I forgot about Jeff Grau and Kelly Lefotu who were both 7th rouders, which means they came very close to not being drafted at all.
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:25 PM   #35
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This could be viewed as a positive or a negative but I think we could pick best available in almost every spot because we need just about every position.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:43 PM   #36
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I believe that only applies later in round one until the fourth. When prospects start to 'fall' thier value increases. Higher in the draft is moot to say a Clausen is 'better' than an Okung or a Berry
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Old 03-14-2010, 12:41 PM   #37
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Here's what I think is a very good video of Mike Mayock discussing the risks of drafting a QB in the first round. It shows up to date records of the first QB's taken the last few years and has a small segment on Clausen.

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Old 03-14-2010, 12:42 PM   #38
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First pick (assuming Suh goes) should be about need, either QB or OL. After that, we need linemen in some spots, but we are weak in a lot of other spots so best available could be a good idea as well.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:57 AM   #39
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It really depends. Detroit went with the best player available and picked 4 WR's with top-10 picks over a 5 year stretch (2003-2007). By that logic, if a TE is the best player available when our 2nd round pick is due, we would draft yet another TE despite having Cooley and Davis. I feel that if the best player available plays a position where depth isn't an issue, then TRADE DOWN, add picks, and draft someone to fill a greater need.
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:14 PM   #40
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We´re the redskins. We draft neither need nor best available. We just pick a WR.
That's the Lions.
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:46 PM   #41
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It really depends. Detroit went with the best player available and picked 4 WR's with top-10 picks over a 5 year stretch (2003-2007). By that logic, if a TE is the best player available when our 2nd round pick is due, we would draft yet another TE despite having Cooley and Davis. I feel that if the best player available plays a position where depth isn't an issue, then TRADE DOWN, add picks, and draft someone to fill a greater need.
Well said. We have many positions of need and so it will be easy to draft the BPA at a position of need. Thinking this way also allows us to avoid situations where we come home from the draft with three TE's because they were the BPA's.
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Heres our answer for whom we need to draft from clark judge

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Great article. Refreshing to see the emphasis on O-Line in an article.
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:48 AM   #44
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Articles are always great when they agree with what you think
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Articles are always great when they agree with what you think
If that isn't the truth haha
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