Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
I'm sorry, I disagree.
Not only does it matter where guys were chosen because of their contracts, it also matters because of expectations.
Teams expect first round players to perform like first round players. They don't expect sixth round players to perform like first round players.
There are built-in expectations for each and every player drafted. Whether they fail to meet those expectations or exceed them remains to be seen.
exactly, otherwise, what's the point of having the #1 pick if it doesn't matter where a player is picked? Yes, hindsight is 20/20 but there's a reason teams are alloted draft slots based on the previous season's performance. It gives a losing franchise a much better chance to bring talent in when you have "first pick" or first dibs on talent. This is just basic math. There are always going to be players who exceed expectations (Joe Montana was drafted in the 3rd round I believe) and players who dissappoint based on where they were drafted (Blackledge). But going INTO a draft, a team can only take they players it feels gives the the best opportunity to win.