The Jacksonville Jaguars are holding their annual pre-draft media sessions prior to the 2019 NFL Draft, the “luncheon” as it’s become known. To no one’s surprise during the luncheon both general manager David Caldwell and VP of football Tom Coughlin indicated the team would be looking to draft the “best available player”, BAP if you will, with their first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Dave Caldwell and Tom Coughlin both say “best player available” is the approach in the draft. That’s the philosophy. #Jaguars— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) April 22, 2019
Now, the Jaguars and whatever team in the NFL can say that that is their philosophy all day long, but the realty is building your roster through the NFL Draft by selecting “BAP” is a complete and utter myth, especially in the Top 10.
Does it happen? Sure.
Does it happen often? Nope.
There are times where need and BAP blend together as one, but the vast majority of the time a team is going to being a big need on their roster and then explain to you why that player was the “best player on their board” or who they had rated highest in the entire draft, etc.
BAP drafting is a myth. Can we let it die, finally?