Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson just completed his 2014 draft class. While the opinions of his selections are mixed, the general consensus is his performance is mostly positive.
Thompson has claimed that he never drafts for need and sticks to his board to select the best available player. I personally believe that this statement is only partially true. He most likely drafts for need by selecting the best available player at that position.
Rather than assigning arbitrary letter grades to the draft picks, I am going to take a quasi-objective approach to grading the draft.
I will use the Draft Trade Value Chart to assign a numerical value to each of the Packers 2014 draft picks. Then, I will use the overall ranking of each draft pick (as assigned by CBS Sports) and assign them a point value based on the Draft Trade Value Chart to compare the value of each pick. For example, #1 overall prospect JaDeveon Clowney is worth 3000 points.
No one knows each general manager’s draft board, nor how they truly rank prospects. I am taking some liberties here in my analyses, but it’s the best anyone can hope for without actually sitting in the war room.
If the Packers are truly selecting the best player on the board, I am assuming the value of each player should be equal or exceed the value of the trade value of the pick. If the Packers are drafting for need, I am assuming the player’s value to be lower than the pick’s worth.
At the end, I will compare the total trade value of the draft picks to the value of each player taken and make a conclusion on how savvy Ted Thompson was during the 2014 draft.
Of course assigning a prospect ranking is still subjective, hence making this a quasi-objective analysis.
The Draft Chart:
According to this chart, the Packers draft picks (21, 53, 85, 98, 121, 161, 176, 197, and 236) have a total value of 1557 points.
Pick 1: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS (21)
- Pick value = 800Â points
- Prospect ranking = 18
- Prospect value = 900 points
- Difference = +100 points