I know people on here generally discredit anything written on Yahoo! (link to article), but since it has been pretty slow in this forum lately, why not toss this out there for debate?
The Baltimore Ravens Have A Brilliant New Philosophy On The NFL Draft
"We look at the draft as, in some respects, a luck-driven process. The more picks you have, the more chances you have to get a good player," assistant GM Eric DeCosta told Jenny Vrentas of MMQB. "When we look at teams that draft well, it’s not necessarily that they’re drafting better than anybody else, it seems to be that they have more picks."
"... almost half the time (48%), a player will end up being better than the guy who was drafted him before him at his position."
"The Ravens decided that amassing draft picks is the best way to get value in the draft, team execs told Vrentas. They have received the most compensatory draft picks (which teams get when a good free agent leaves for any other team) of any team in the league since 1994.
The idea is to get more picks, not necessarily higher picks."
Practical application for fans - if you are waiting eagerly to see what the Ravens do with their first round pick, don't be surprised if they trade it for multiple later picks.
Edited by Steveg85321, 05 May 2014 - 11:46 AM.