In this post, I am not going to talk about specific players as much as I am going to focus on strategy. The average player lasts 4 to 4.5 years in the NFL. We always hear teams talking about character guys. Obviously, we do not want jerks or criminals on your team. However, the most important factor should be production. In last year's draft, Janoris Jenkins was considered the best corner in the draft, but because of character issues he dropped to the 2nd round. Guess what? He ended up having the best rookie season of any of the corners. The typical GM/head coach tenure with a team is less than 5 years. Therefore, when drafting players you should focus on drafting the BPA. The only exception being a franchise QB. Jeff Ireland admitted earlier in this off season that Ryan Tannehill did not meet his criteria for drafting a QB. Thank goodness he decided to go against his philosophy. Let's face it, the draft is a crapshoot. A great player in college may not be great in the NFL. That is why I believe that when it comes to the draft a team should draft the BPA regardless of need. The draft is about acquiring quality football players. For example, we could of had JPP or Earl Thomas or Desmond Bryant. On the other hand, FA allows you to fulfill your team needs because you are talking about proven NFL players. This is where Ireland has done better because as he stated himself when drafting players you are making projections (ie calculated guess) as to how well a player will perform in the NFL. Therefore, during FA let's hope that we sign the players who fulfill our greatest needs and draft the BPA each and every time we have a draft choice. Let's avoid players like Patrick Turner, Pat White, and Michael Egnew.
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