Drafting The BPA Way

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Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Lane Johnson (Oklahoma) is introduced by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the number four overall pick to the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

DRAFTING THE BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE (BPA) WAY
Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has committed to selecting the best player available (BPA) in the 2014 NFL draft.   It’s a great concept, but does have its own set of issues.   What if the best player available each time the Eagles have an opportunity to select was a quarterback?  Do the Eagles draft quarterbacks?

Well, that’s just foolish.  So to see what a BPA type draft might look like, I thought it might be fun to see what happens if I did just that.  To remove ANY SEMBLANCE of subjectivity, I used the NFL.com draft value chart as the basis of my selective process.    And to round out the quirks of odd selections in any mock draft program, I decided to run the same mock draft seven times to see what possibilities would happen.

I was surprised at the results.   I discovered that the selection made by teams prior to the Eagles selection had drastic effects on subsequent picks by other teams.   I also observed that mock draft simulators, while incredibly entertaining, limit team selections to their presumed priorities of needs.  On draft day, teams will likely choose who they see at the strongest selection.   But despite the flaws, and the inherent challenge of presuming my draft board was similar to that which the Eagles will work from, I had a lot of fun.

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