Mods, please do not merge this with the "War Room III" thread. I want this to stand on it's own feet, because I want to see what everyone thinks of the BPA model of drafting. Thanks in advance!
Okay, you're the Raiders' newest GM, and you, like other GM's, use the BPA model when you draft, and you never waiver from it and draft for needs. You have the #5 overall pick, and Pryor, in your eyes, could be your QB for the Raiders moving forward. You have Brett Hundley as your #1 rated player on your big board. When it comes your turn to pick, you have Jevedon Clowney, Anthony Barr, Brett Hundley, Jake Matthews, Vic Beasley, Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins all for you to chose from. You know that Beasley, Clowney and Barr fill a much needed position on defense and can actually get at the QB. You also know that Matthews would make a great impact on the offensive line, as he has played both RT and LT. You also know that either Watkins or Evans will immediately upgrade your WR group. Do you draft for need and take either of the three defensive studs, the stud OT, the two top-flight WR's, or the #1 rated player on your big board?
Here's what I'd do, and I'll explain. I'd take Hundley and never think twice. Why? This is a QB driven league, and without a very good one, you'll never have any lasting success. Look at how the Steelers, Pats, Colts with Peyton, Green Bay with Farve and then Rodgers, 49er's with Montana and then Young, and even the Cowboys with Aikman. They usually contended year in and year out, except for a couple years the Packers struggled, but for the most part, these team contended for a championship each and every year. It starts and stops with the QB play. Now, I am not for sure Hundley will declare, and I am expecting him to stay for another year myself, but if he does declare, and he's there when I am picking, he's my pick.
BTW, I am not entirely sold on Hundley, and he's not my first choice, I was just using him for an example. You could plug Mariota or Bridegwater into this as well. So if either of these three QB's fall into your #1 overall rated player, would you take them, regardless you had some confidence in Pryor? I think Mariota stays another year, too.......