Originally Posted by Kaylore
All five of those teams are better today and directly so because of the draft. That just goes to show you it's not free agency or trades that build a team; It's drafting well.
In large yes. Obviously players like Peyton Manning don't come along that often in FA. Drafting well is important because you don't have to pay rookies the same as you would FA's in most cases. Actually drafting well before the rookie salary restructure was even more important because if you drafted wrong, it could hurt you for quite some time. It's not as bad today because those salaries are much lower. None the less, it's important to draft well because you simply can't find enough quality FA's for good value to fill all the needs. You have to draft well to be a great team.