Originally Posted by robert70x7
I think with the draft, you are trying to find players who could potentially start for you in the forseeable future. This team has at least 7 needs in other positions that need to be filled with these picks. We have to rely on the scouting and coaches to develop these players from un-drafted to serviceable backup.
We can't use picks on positions where in an ideal situation they wouldn't start for 5 years. Also, we can't draft with the mindset that one of them could have a season ending injury. We just have to trust that Parnell and other guys we bring in can develop and perform when their time is called.
I disagree, at least if I'm understanding your points correctly. Drafting for backups instead of potential starters is what plagued the Cowboys in the mid to late 90s; Jerry has admitted as much, but strangely revisited that approach with the now infamous 2009 Draft.
I think ideally you always should be drafting the best talent at a position and not worry about creating a logjam at a certain spot. Too much talent is a good thing, it's not a problem that should be purposely avoided.
Doug Free could play lights out the next two season, but suffer a career-ender in the middle of 2014. I'd much rather we have a guy like Mike Adams (just as an example) in the wings developing for a couple of seasons than crossing our fingers that URFA Bob Petralopowski from SW Indiana State will be ready to come in as a starter.
I believe teams should approach the draft with some foresight in mind and not with just a reactionary approach to filling immediate holes.
Having said all that, we may be able to find some halfway talented depth in the FA market.