Originally Posted by Risen Star
Sure it makes no sense when there's comparable talent. That's not what I said. But it makes perfect sense to stockpile talent at a position that isn't a pressing need at the time if your board dictates it. You're just too short sighted and acting on extremes. You'll often have a cluster of players with similar grades where need can factor in, but in those instances where there is one clear cut better player on the board you take him and don't think twice about need or first year impact.
Fill your needs in free agency. The draft is about acquiring talent for the future. You're building your base for years you can't even see yet.
This seems right to me. Essentially, there's a lexical ordering: need can break ties, as it were, among groups of players with close grades; but no matter how great the need, your grade on the player should trump.
I don't think, btw, that Idgit needs to disagree with this. So far as I can tell, he's simply talking about moving around in the draft in order to ensure, as much as possible, that you end up in a draft slot where BPA matches need. So long as you're not giving up value in doing so, I don't see why that's a bad strategy.