Inspired by Zach Whitman, Justis Mosqueda, Rotoviz, BJ Reidell, Arif Hasan, Notorious B.I.G., and Easter, I present:
Trade back often to acquire more chances to pick.
Stop drafting Running Backs in Round One.
Draft offensive line in Rounds One and Two until the core of the unit is solidified.
Beware the post-combine, late-rising, uber-athletic Wide Receiver.
Avoid Wide Receivers in Rounds Four through Six.
“It’s apparent that wide receivers are a particularly terrible value pick in the 4th-6th rounds, but tend to produce surplus value in the 2nd, 3rd, and 7th rounds.”
Check out the full piece here. Of course exceptions like Stefon Diggs exists, but for every one Diggs, you get three Aundrae Allisons with a side of Jaymar Johnson.
Target Force Players in Rounds Three through Five.
Draft a Quarterback at least every other year.
“I think it’s really good football business to acquire a young quarterback every year or every other year.”
Quarterback is the most important position in football and is also one of the most difficult to find. To increase the odds of acquiring a good one, teams should be taking more shots with premium draft capital.
Stop drafting kickers and punters.
ICYMI: @RobertReidell isn’t a fan of spending picks on specialists and here’s why:https://t.co/TN50pEaon1
— Vikings Territory (@vikingterritory) April 19, 2017
Avoid drafting Defensive Backs in Round Three
Stop drafting Reuben Foster ahead of Malik McDowell
If each is available at 48, who you picking?
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— Jayson Brown (@brownjayson) April 20, 2017
Defensive Linemen are more valuable than than off-ball Linebackers. Don’t debate me on this point. Argue with the NFL. From Arif’s latest article:
“I also modified those scores for position by adopting the positional premiums implied by the NFL draft over the past 10 years. Based on the average draft capital spent on the top receivers, quarterbacks, guards, etc. we can figure out how the NFL values those positions.
Predictably, quarterbacks lead the list. After that, it’s offensive tackles, defensive linemen (including edge rushers), receivers, cornerbacks, off-ball linebackers, running backs, interior offensive linemen, safeties, tight ends, kickers and punters.”