Originally Posted by Deep_Freeze
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.
[View Full Quote]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.
Free Agency is only about need. A team wouldn't sign a Free Agent if it was not a need.
In the draft, you can't draft only based on need, but the term BPA is an over-simplification of the process.
What's the chance that the Cowboys highest rated available player is not at a position of need? I guess the positions of lowest need would be ILB, CB, QB and maybe WR.
Looking at the 2013 draft prospects, about the only players that might fall to the Cowboys at one of these lower-need positions would be Te'o or Alec Ogletree at ILB. Let's say that the Cowboys have #20 and Te'o falls to that pick. There is a high probability that some teams at #21 to #32 are going to be making some good trade offers to move up and take that player. If they don't get a good trade offer, then they should take Te'o and they would have truly taken the BPA; however, the probability of this happening is low, IMO.
BPA sounds like a good theory, but in practice, teams rarely have to make the choice of taking the best player at a position of low-need.