Originally Posted by Idgit
It wasn't a slam-dunk, but it wasn't a mistake, either. Wagner wasn't a position of need for us, so, while it'd be great to have him, it wasn't an obvious personnel move to make. The goal is to get your draft position to match you need in situations where there's a high-value player on the board. We definitely did that at CB at 6 this year. We just also happened to have needs for pass rushers and OLs, too.
As long as we're filling spots with players who can play, we're doing what we need to do on the personnel front. The rest of it comes down to coaching and execution. Elite organizations have to do a great job at both.
Yeah, what I do like is that the FO is finally showing the ability to override needs for the BPA. Sure Wagner wasn't a position of need, but it is easily seen now that he was a great player to get in that spot of the draft and a sign the FO finally gets it. You have a successful draft by picking BPA the later you pick then adjusting your roster according to who you got, not by reaching for a position when the talent isn't there while on the clock.
Alot of times people will say 'I would've taken such and such' after a pick, but they don't have the data that the FO has on a player or how we graded them for our system. I would much rather see this FO lean towards getting the most talented player on this team according to their grades than someone who they have graded lower but plays a position of need.