I was asked to go on ESPN Radio’s Freddie and Fitzsimmons last week as part of the show’s mock draft (listen here). Each guest had to make a first-round pick on behalf of their local team, so it was up to me to act for the Seahawks at No. 18. The only problem was that I wasn’t allowed to do the responsible thing and make a trade.
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Surprisingly, by the time it was my turn to pick, Washington Huskies defensive tackle Vita Vea was still on the board. And I didn’t take him.
We’ve discussed this a million times: Do you draft for need or do you go with the best player available?
One GM after another, including Bill Belichick, has stated that drafting for need is a bad idea because if you are only focused on filling holes, you end up passing on great players. But in reading mock drafts that are considered to be even remotely credible, the one thing you keep finding over and over is that most of their reasoning is based around… need.
We even heard Seahawks general manager John Schneider address this very issue at Monday’s press conference when asked about whether or not he had ever pursued need over best player in the past. His response: “Yeah, I think that’s fair – in a couple instances, sure… You can’t just go out there and create the perfect player, otherwise, we’d be outside picking them off trees or something.”
So knowing that Schneider has directly addressed need before and all the smart guys out there with mock drafts use this concept as the foundation of their work, I felt better about taking a chance.
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Source:: MyNorthwest.com – Sports