Posted Mon Apr 11th by Mr.East
There has always been a debate on whether a team should draft out of need or the best player available. The 2008 Draft is the perfect example of this dilemma.
In 2008 the Carolina Panthers selected Jonathan Stewart in the first round because he was the best player available despite the fact the fact that they had DeAngelo Williams on the roster. The Panthers went on to have one of the most dynamic rushing attacks the NFL in 2009 with Stewart averaging 5.1 yards a rush.
However, the Panthers have struggled terribly at the quarterback position, even in 2007 the Panthers had 4 different starting quarterbacks in one season. Many have aruged that Joe Flacco, who was taken by the Ravens 5 spots later, should have been the pick. Flacco though was not considered the best player available due to his experience playing at a smaller school and at a lower tier of Divison-I football.
With the 23rd overall pick of the 2008 draft the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Rashard Mendenhall even though Willie Parker had just come off an 1,316 yard season, which included a league leading eight 100 yard games. Mendenhall only had 58 yards rushing his rookie year, hardly an example of receiving an immediate return on an investment.
With the decline Parker’s performance in 2008 (791 yards), the Steelers were forced to give Mendenhall more a role in 2009. When given his opportunity, Mendenhall rose to the occasion with 1,108 rushing yards in 2009 and improved again with 1,273 yards in 2010.
Twenty selections after Rashard Mendenhall later the Pittsburgh Steelers selected wide receiver Limas Sweed from Texas. Several draft analysts had Sweed rated as the top receiver of the draft and the Steelers were praised for having selected him 53rd overall at such a great value.
The Steelers were not hurting at wide receiver with Hines Ward and tight end Heath Miller on the roster but they went with the best player available like always. So far in his career Sweed has accumulated 7 receptions for 69 yards with two fumbles, zero touchdowns, and zero starts
What do you think Bronco nation? What drafting technique should the Broncos take?