Originally Posted by Idgit
You're just wrong here, and I'm not even talking about situations where ther'es comparable talent. You score the players on your roster, you score the available players in the draft, and you try to maneuver to where you're getting the best upgrade in terms of available talent. If you just stick to your board, you can end up taking a higher-rated player who doesn't deliver the impact you otherwise could have gotten with your pick.
[View Full Quote]I also don't agree that you differentiate acquiring talent between the draft and free agency. The process is the same: you evaluate your roster, then evaluate what's available and project it for your team. College player evaluations are trickier because, in addition to looking at how they fit immediately, there's an additional variable in how you expect that player to develop, and, I guess, that you can get players at premium positions for a first contract with a less significant cap hit early, but, otherwise, there's not that much difference. You just evaluate which picks could get you the most impact relative to where you are before the pick, and then get in position to take those players when you can.
I do have to agree with both of you, but in different areas though.
Idgit, the way you lay out drafting and free agency is exactly the way to mess up a draft, and the draft and free agency period have to be treated differently. If you treat them the same, you will let too much need creep up in your draft and automatically cause you to reach for positions, a very bad thing to do in the draft cause its where you get your talent base. Now in free agency, need is the highest thing cause these are your immediate fill-ins for your roster and have probably already reached their projected playing ability.
Now I do think Mo was more value than Brockers and Wagner, for his potential and position he plays alone. Mo has the potential to be an All-Pro at a premium position, and that outweighs a 3-4 DE and ILB in terms of value cause we are talking about during draft time when they weren't even close in value. Easy to say in hindsight they were similar value, but if we could look at everything in hindsight I would be a billionaire.