Sunday, April 26, 2009

Thompson All But Confirms that Raji Was a Need Pick

McGinn quotes Thompson: "We felt he was the best pick for us."

The emphasis is all mine.

I don't know how this can be interpreted other than Thompson selected for need over value.  If Raji was the best player, then all you have to say was that Raji was the best player.  You don't have to qualify it at all.

For his part, McGinn is sticking to his story that Crabtree was the number one rated player on the Packers' draft board---no matter how Thompson is trying to spin it after the fact:

Thompson said Raji and Crabtree had the same grade on the Packers' board. That's probably a matter of semantics, but people with knowledge of the Packers' thinking said Crabtree stood far and away as their pre-eminent player.

Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with drafting for need, and there are even those who advocate for drafting based on need.

However, Thompson has sworn time and again that he drafts the best player available.  If two players are legitimately graded the same, then go ahead and pick the need (or trade back).

That's what Thompson is saying he did in this case.  

McGinn says that Thompson is spinning the truth.

Intrigue.

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