Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier (10). Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft - Team Needs vs. Best Player available

With the 2014 NFL Draft a week away, the focus continues to build on which players each team should choose and why.  And for the Washington Redskins being at the top of the second round at pick # 34, they will need to answer the question of which team need should they address first, or should they take the best player available.

It’s quite possible that a highly regarded player valued in the first round could slide to the Redskins at # 34, and present GM Bruce Allen with a conundrum as to what course of action to take.  Say for instance if linebacker Ryan Shazier is still on the board when the Redskins pick, would they take him over a position of greater need like a right tackle?

Many teams use the drafting philosophy of taking the best player available regardless of need.  But what if the best player available is a wide receiver?  Even the Redskins are loaded at that position right now, should they overlook a great talent to draft a lower rated player just so they fill a needed position?

Bruce Allen might also be presented with the possibility of trading down to acquire more picks if a highly rated player falls out of the first round.  But I think the Redskins should draft the best player available because the draft is mostly about gaining value.  Finding the most talented players possible for the position that you’re drafting at.  What do you think?


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  • Domo Head Honcho

    We should focus on addressing our position needs such as OT, CB, ILB, TE, and OG. Next year we will have 1st round draft pick and can worry about drafting the best player on the board. For now we need to focus on putting ourselves in a position to win, and that means filling our team needs!

    • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

      Good take Domo. I agree, especially if there is an offensive tackle there at the top of the second round. I can’t see how the Redskins could pass on a Morgan Moses, or a Cyrus Kouandjio if they’re available.

    • DTank JK

      I partially agree,we have to fill needs, but we can not reach for needs. For example, if Mike Evans fell to the 34th pick I think we should draft him over any OL. Also, if all the top OL are gone we shouldn’t take someone we have as a 4th round prospect on our big board in the 2nd round.

      • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

        Good point about Mike Evans. But even then the Redskins should probably trade down with someone in the event something like that happens. Let’s face it, they only have one football so taking a wide receiver in the second round probably wouldn’t be the right move considering what they have a receiver right now. Even if it’s Mike Evans.

        But you’re right, you don’t want to take a lower rated tackle with a high pick just because the need exists. You’ll fill a need, but you just end up losing value. And getting value is the key to the draft.