Originally Posted by infantrycak
...Just don't understand how teams can justify paying a rookie more than what a pro-bowler would get as an UFA.
For one, the draft position indicates the player's value. If there were no college draft and Winslow was on the open market, he'd probably end up with a contract similar to the one he'll eventually sign. There would be enough teams out there that think he's that pro-bowler that he'd get that contact from someone. The college draft isn't necessarily about keeping costs down for rookies, it's about making the talent dispersion fair and equitable. It's about parity.
I'm just so, so glad the Texans didn't end up with Winslow. Casserly just loves him, but I still think he's the most overrated player coming out of this draft.