Each year there is a buildup to hype the top draft choices taken. But after one season, the proof is in the pudding. Teams which seemed to truly know their NFL Draft boards were the teams that did better than the league average. Raw talent is only one component to a successful NFL career. Other components include attitude, work ethic, willingness to be coached, coaching staff, opportunity, and the quality of players on your team.
Ultimately, professional football remains a team sport. So finding the right “fit” remains in play from the first pick to the last undrafted free agent signed.
All in all, trading back for the Rams did not seem to hurt the team much in 2019. The Rams actually added an additional pick last year, and should be open to doing so again this year. There will continue to be NFL caliber talent from round one to the ranks of undrafted free agents each year. While some view a successful draft class as entirely dependent upon the skills of the talent scouts and personnel executives, many believe it more appropriately based upon the random nature of a game of chance.
In that light, sitting on the initial draft picks may not be in a team’s best interest.
There’s plenty of work to do before the 2020 NFL Draft. And of course, that means a lot of information to share in the meantime.