|04-13-2005, 12:26 PM||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2003
The one thing that comes to mind about all the discussions about the draft is the lack of discussion on how players fit into systems. Bad teams do not turn around overnight with High draft picks being the difference. They do turn around over time (SD, ATL, CAR).
There are very few players in each draft that can succeed in any system. These types are more "Jack of all trades, master of none" types. Is it any wonder that the teams who are always picking early in the first round have more "unsuccessful" 1st round type players (CIN,CLE,ARI)? Meanwhile, teams that have lower picks add Quality players and remain successful (NE, PHI, BAL, DEN).
The point being here is that how said draftee fits into the existing team framework is much more important than his "Generic NFL Evaluations". So much of the talk around here that focuses on the draft is comparison of abilities between players, both NFL and other Draftees, and NOT how said player's skill set fits the team that would draft him.
Nothing is more important in the NFL than how players fit the role they are supposed to execute. There are some extremely talented and gifted guys out there that will not be able to play in certain systems. This also pertains to FA and why there are so many Good players who move teams and do not play to the level they did previously.
The one thing that has seemed to change in the Broncos approach to the draft and FA RECENTLY is the ability to see how players fit the schemes used here. Hopefully, guys like Evan Mathis and Antonio Perkins will be targeted more since their skills match the team. Sure they may not be great fits on other teams, but their skills would allow them to make a great impact here in Denver.
Really, when it is all said and done, how a player is acquired is irrelavant to the team. What is relevant is their contribution and helping the team win games. True team players are worth their weight in Gold for franchises.