Originally posted by BrianGO:
So let's say you're trying to build a car; the best race car you can build. What parts do you put into it?
The best parts money can buy, right? Of course. And obviously, you don't care at what time these parts become available for purchase; you just need to eventually get them all at some point.
What if you have a LIMITED BUDGET? In this case you can't spend a ton of money on any part. You have to ration the money you have. Let's say you spend 80% of your money on the best tires available. You now only have 20% left for everything else. So, no matter how good those space age tires are, the rest of your car will not be good enough to win against the competition because your car is below average everywhere else.
In the NFL there is a salary cap which limits the amount of money you can spend. So if you spend the largest chunk of your money on middle linebacker and pay the position 25 million a year, you now have to decide which positions will be paid less money. OLB? QB? RB? OT? CB?
BPA went out the door in the era of salary cap. General managers are LYING when they talk about BPA; oh wait, unless of course your name is Matt Millen. Where's he working now? He believed in taking the BPA no matter what.
Salary cap is gone.... and, I do believe teams draft for BPA sometimes, and need sometimes. Here is my assessment of our 1st round draft picks over the last five years that fall into each category:
-A. Smith ('nuff said)
-Lawson (needed OLB, but may have thought of him as BPA as well, allthough I doubt that)
-Staley (wouldn't be shocked if they felt he was both, in fact, Alan Branch was likely playing the position of greater need)
-Balmer (felt he could play NT, which was a huge need. BPA on Scotty's board was Lofton I believe)
-VD (can't tell me TE was a "need", especially with Eric Johnson getting 800 yards a season earlier)
-Willis (D. Smith was one of the better players on the team at that time)
-Crabtree (this has been mentioned as the BPA pick many times)