schley, on 02 May 2018 - 12:28 PM, said:
bubbagump, on 27 April 2018 - 03:30 PM, said:
jerebear21, on 27 April 2018 - 02:12 PM, said:
Tell the cowboys of the 90s that more picks don't matter;
the tried and true formula in the NFL is quality of depth; how'd you explain eagles winning with that pass rush and a back up qb.
Not arguing with Mayfield as the pick but rather where he went. He is no no.1 pick. And Ward is bad value.
More picks don't matter at all. We see that all the time, be it the Browns, Rams (RG3 trade), Redskins (Ricky Williams trade), my niners under Baalke. If you aren't hitting on any of your picks it doesn't matter how many you have. Teams like the Steelers or Pats, consistently don't have as many picks as others and still have a perennial winning team. The key is to hit on the picks you have, regardless of how many.
Its not the 90s anymore and teams are built with a mix of draft hits and FA hauls. Eagles last year were a team built through a mix of heavy FA classes/trades and some timely draft hits. Foles, Jeffrey, Torrey Smith, Chris Long, Bradham, Jernigan, Blount, Malcolm Jenkins, Brandon Brooks, Ajayi, Barwin, Darby all were big time impact guys, and didn't come via draft.
Also assessing draft value 2 seconds after a guy was picked is pointless. If Ward becomes a lockdown corner, and Mayfield becomes a player behind center, nobody cares where they are picked. If they bust out, hindsight is 20/20 and thats falls on scouting and the player.
More picks do matter. You look at the success % of 1st round picks and it is like 40-50% that are starters in the league for 3-4 years on average only. So if I have more bullets in my gun I am going to take them. I love 2-4 round choices and would trade down to continue to accrue draft capital in the process. If you don't hit on your draft picks, guess what no team is head and shoulders above the rest, everyone misses via injuries, off field issues, etc.
Its really a chicken or egg thing, more picks are of course great in theory…….…if you're hitting them. If not, they don't really matter. We've seen time and time again GMs armed with picks and can't do anything with them, and on the flip side good GMs capitalizing on minimal picks. Thats why I think its way more important to hit on them no matter how many you have. I agree the practice of stockpiling picks is wise for sure, but again….need to do something with them or its all for nothing.
The Steelers, Pats and the likes never are among teams with a boatload of picks, yet they find quality talent with the picks they have.
Edited by bubbagump, 10 May 2018 - 07:22 PM.
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