I like the draft , But it’s a crap shoot. You don’t know if your getting a diamond or a dog turd no matter the round.
there are no certainties If you try to build off a foundation with holes in it, your other players will be compromised because of that…they will struggle in some ways.
what I mean is you can’t go at the drafts scatterbrained thinking “I need a DE, LB, WR, RB ,OT, DE, CB TE.” To me you build strong foundations offensively and defensively FIRST as THEE most important task.
That is, that you get players that are absolute cornerstone pieces all across your O-line that are HIGHLY able, skilled, durable, and very reliable players that will be in place for years. Solid players, then you get the same in place for your defensive line…the front line or first line of your defense AKA the defensive foundation . They are durable, they are strong, skilled roadgraders that you plan to have for years. They are SOLID at the point of attack in every possible way.
THEN, you can get very select players to play behind them so…their should be little struggle. you can get your top RB’s WR’s, or most coveted TE’s on offense…you can get your solid LB’s , DE’s, DT’s, CB’s , S to MAKE sure that your not exposed or burnt BUT ….YOU MUST HAVE you solid foundations FIRST weather it’s Offense or Defense because if there are weaknesses in them, that will negatively affect play and players behind our front lines.
And you have the Draft, you have Free Agency, Waivers, an area and time set for Trades.
For example, there are issues on our O-line so it negatively effects our offensive players and their plays and execution.
Our Defense has no great foundational players or STRONG building blocks across it’s front , SO in return…everything behind it -their play suffers.
the draft isn’t overrated at all, but you can’t shop like WE are a Patriots Team that has won many bowls and can just ‘REFINE’ their roster during drafts/off-season’s.
The Detroit Lions are NOT them, so you can’t get caught up buying “shiny new things” when you have to repair the foundations of your O-line & Defensive .
you CAN possibly have, …The right players ON your Lines BUT have them in the wrong or Less- Efficient spot on that Line as well.