Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
I think, under Smith at least, the concept has always been to take the BPA at a position of need.
This has always been true of most teams in the NFL. The teams that don't do this a lot are the teams that are on top and have very few positions of need, like the Pats, who seem to always have little or no needs and can sit back and let the Draft come to them. Most teams, when they're on top, can afford to do this. But, when they start to decline, and start having more positions of need, like the Steelers have the last few years, they will start drafting the BPA at a position of need like most of the rest.