NFL Draft 101: Best Player Available

Drafting the Best Player Available is probably the most prevalent approach to the draft.  This approach to the draft is essentially as simple as it sounds, teams ranking the NFL prospects on their “Big Board” and then just draft the player that have ranked highest on the board when their pick comes around.  Although this may obviously seem like the best way to go there can be a few challenges with this approach.

We Already Have a QB
-This could be one of the challenges with this strategy.  If you already have a QB, and an elite one at that (think of Andrew Luck, QB Stanford), then you probably don’t want to spend a draft pick on a player who isn’t going to see the field.

That’s Alot of Money In One Position
-This is a slightly different problem, but a problem nonetheless.  Imagine Detroit ends up with a WR as the best player on their board in the first round of the draft, according to this strategy they should draft the WR.  However, that would mean they would have the top paid WR (Calvin Johnson), the 19th (Golden Tate), and another highly paid WR prospect.  Put simply that would put them in a position with too much money tied up in one position.

Typically, teams that practice this approach modify it somewhat to avoid the mentioned challenges.  Sticking to the approach unless there is a clear issue with taking a specific position, in which case they simply take the player rated slightly below the problem prospect.  One of the teams that consistently executes this strategy in a very disciplined manner is the Baltimore Ravens.


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