Draft chatter: "Needs" often overrated by fans, media

Draft chatter: "Needs" often overrated by fans, media
April 14, 2014, 11:30 am
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Often when discussing a potential draft pick a fan will comment or tweet that there is no “need” at that prospect’s position so there is “no way” the Redskins will draft him.

But many fans and some in the media have an odd way of defining “need” and judging its effects on draft picks. Some will think that if the starters are set there is no need and the team should bypass that position in the draft, at least in the early rounds. Or if there are enough bodies on the roster to fill out a depth chart, there is no need to draft anyone at that position.

This “no way they’ll draft anyone at X position” talk continues despite history that suggests the contrary. You need to look no further than last year’s Redskins draft. They had DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson as their starting cornerbacks and they signed E. J. Biggers as a free agent. But they went ahead and took David Amerson with their top pick anyway.

And then they took Jordan Reed in the third round despite being three deep at tight end with Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, and Niles Paul. Reed could turn out to be one of the best picks of the Shanahan era. Amerson could be pretty good, too.