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The value of the BAP philosophy.

Drafting the Best Available Player is always an interesting topic of discussion. When Gene Smith became the General Manager of the Jaguars, he vowed to enter the draft with the Best Available Player philosophy. Over the last two years, it would seem as if he has lived by his words. Every draft pick he has made was chosen decisively and he has stood by the selection of that player with conviction when asked about it, mainly Tyson. Whether or not the players he picks are the Best Available Players or not will always be up for debate, but it is apparent that Gene believed they were the BAP at the time. Drafting the Best Available Player is really a matter of perception, as there is no definitive way to decide who is the Best Available Player but to use your own judgement. It can easily alter from person to person as ones' judgement is most likely made up of factors such as: view of the game, value placed on each position, and importance placed on things such as speed, strength, quickness, etc. As there could very well be other factors, I believe these are the main three that make up majority a persons view of the BAP philosophy. After the jump, I'll explain why I think Gene has been drafting the Best Available Player and how I think it is going to be of great value to the Jaguars, not only in the present but in the future also.

Here are the players that have been drafted since Gene Smith has become GM with the respective rounds they were drafted.

 

2010

2009

Of these players, there are only two of them that I think could be questioned as to whether or not they were the Best Available player. They are Alualu and Britton. To me, when Tyson was selected, I thought S Earl Thomas was the Best Available Player. And looking back at the Eben pick, it's possible that S Jarius Byrd was the BAP. But since Eben is a tackle and Jarius is a safety, I can see why Britton was the pick. Gotta get the big guys early!

Other than mentioned above, I think every other player drafted was the Best Available Player. The true value of sticking with the BAP philosophy is the players that you can find in the later rounds of the draft when the talent pool starts to dry up. As can be seen by Gene's drafts, it is possible to find players that can not only come in and make your team more competitive but have trade value later on down the line. There is not one player Gene has drafted that I think, should the team find an upgrade, would be released without Gene being able to find a willing trade partner.

So as I said in the opening paragraph, sticking with the BAP philosophy not only serves you well in the present, but also in the future. Even if the player selected doesn't come in and contribute right away, at the least, he should make your team more competitive. Also, the players selected should have enough talent to be of interest to other teams. Although two drafts isn't enough to see if Gene can keep up his trend of finding good football players throughout the entire draft, but this sample is big enough to see that it is possible. I believe GM Gene's view of the BAP philosophy is based on sound judgement and the players he selects could be the Best Available Players. Regardless of which draft philosophy is followed, need or BAP, it should translate into to wins. Whether or not that will be the case with the Jaguars, only time will tell, but it is my belief that GM Gene is doing it the right way and the Jags will only get better under his guidance.

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