There are two basic philosophies that are discussed ad nauseam when it comes to the NFL Draft: Should your team draft for need or for best player available? And you can argue until you are blue in the face as to which strategy is more effective. But I have two different, more elaborate philosophies that I use when it comes to the draft. In the early rounds (rounds 1-3), I want my team to make a position of strength even stronger.
The Green Bay Packers are one of these teams that believe in the same philosophy. When they had an already spectacular receiving corps of Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jermichael Finley after winning the Super Bowl, they were not afraid to spend a premium pick on Randall Cobb. And that strategy has worked out well for them. The team had no real role for Cobb at the time, but he was a great college player that they knew would make their offense stronger. And he did.
He has now become one of, if not the best slot receiver in the NFL. This philosophy is the reason that I have been “banging the table” for offensive line early in the draft. The offensive line was the best it has been in some time, but I would like to make that position even stronger. Adding a Zack Martin (Notre Dame) in the first round or Morgan Moses (Virginia) in the second could help the team develop an elite offensive line.