Jan 12, 2015, 6:01 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 12, 57 days before free agency starts for the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL.
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If Scot McCloughan “looks” for offensive line with the fifth pick in the draft (I assume that’s what you meant by “@ 4”) he is not doing what he was brought here to do. That is not how you properly conduct a draft.
“I’m never under the assumption that you draft for need,” McCloughan said on Friday. “You draft the best available football player on the board. You know people say, ‘Well, if you have this and this, why would you do that?’ Because, you know, in the long run, they are the ones who will help you win the most games.”
So, the only way that McCloughan will “look” for an offensive lineman with the Redskins’ first round pick—or with their second, third, and so on—is if he is the best player on the board.
But need does factor into the equation in two ways. The definition of the best available player is based on that player’s grade and need factors into the player’s grade. Also, if there are two or more players on the board whose grades are identical, or even very close, they generally will take the player at the position of need.
It should also be noted that the value of the position also factors into the grade. A right tackle or guard would have to be very, very good to receive a grade that put him in the top five. Right now it looks like there is not a lineman who is that good in this year’s draft.
The bottom line is that the fact that they drafted Morgan Moses and Spencer Long in the third round in 2014 will factor into the decision-making process to an extent. But if there is an offensive lineman on the board who has the best grade, determined in part by the team’s perception of the need at the position, they will take him.
One other note here–Note that McCloughan says that this strategy helps a team win games “in the long run”. The draft is not about the coming season. It’s about stocking your team for years to come.
—It’s been 15 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 244 days until they play another one
—Days until: NFL free agency starts 57; 2015 NFL Draft 108
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