With the NFL draft approaching their is still an ongoing debate within every franchise on whether they should lean more so to value or draft what is needed.
First off I think we all can agree on the 4 most important postions in football....offensive tackle, cornerback, pass rusher, and quarterback right? Right. But would you pass up on any of these positions for a need else where or would you just draft best value. In my opinion, value should beat out need for the most part. Although some teams seem to do well at balancing the two, prime example the colts. They pulled out great value in players like addai and even throughout there o-line. Only one of their o-lineman was a top pick and a few of them were even undrafted, wow! In 2007, I remember the Vikings needed help on the o-line, a qb to replace brad johnson, and a receiver to replace travis taylor. The only thing they had working for them was there running game, 27 year old chester taylor just coming off a 1500 yard season but with the 7th overall pick in the draft they get adrian peterson. It certaintly wasn't a need for them but they got excellent value and it paid off. They actually passed up up on two high profile prospects ( Brady Quinn and Ted Ginn Jr) that fitted two of there needs. This is a prime example of why I say we should streghthen our strength, doesnt have to be with the first pick, but it is definately necessary or we'll always be playing catch up. And by passing up good value, those players just slip to already contending teams, this is how the stong get stronger and weak remain weak. Luckily for our skins, there needs are atleast 3 out of the 4 most important positions in football and that holds some value in itself.