I've read many different articles discussing the importance of 'building through' the draft and would say that through the past years, our General Manager has performed this task decently. Unfortunately, the lack of experience on this football team was perhaps the direct affect of one of the worst recored statistical football performances in NFL modern day history. One of, not the worst, but it's up there. Our recent draft picks did however, show glimses of brilliance at times, which leads me to my realization.
Morris Claiborne is discussed about as the obvious draft selection mocked at pick five in 2012. But what if a team there selected three starting corners in the years previous? Tampa Bay did not, but Tampa is in need of a Linebacker for the future as well. Drafting with such strategies is obviously important. But over the years, there have been two solid draft strategies. Drafting for 'needs'; or, Drafting 'best available'.
My realization is simply that there is no such thing as a difference between the two. Here's why. Coach Shiano knows what will be best for our team. His selections in personel are law- from here on out. And that is a good thing! That is what our GM hired him to be- Judge, Juror, and Executioner. (Getting back on track). If Tampa was in dire need of a linebacker with a secondary that is amazing, the linebacker - WOULD BE THE BEST AVAILABLE. Statistical predictions are done by guys like us sitting at home typing on our laptops when, half the players don't live up to their potential anyways.
Since potential statistics are what determine whether the player is 'best available' on the board in comparison to the surrounding class, then truthfully that potential needs to be determined by one person, and one alone- Coach Shiano. Especially since there is so much speculation as to whether we are suppose to draft Morris Claiborne, or someone else. This type of thinking process was something similiar to what the Redskins were thinking when they sold the farm this year. They determined, and acted. Tell me what you think.