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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