DEFINE “VALUE” IN NFL DRAFT

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Ever since we’ve monitored the NFL Draft; ever since we’ve discussed it; ever since we’ve predicted which player goes where, we’ve used the word “value” associated with certain picks and certain positions.

What does that mean?

Value is defined in the dictionary as “the regard that something is held to deserve the importance, worth or usefulness of something.”

For the record, I want the Detroit Lions to select Ohio State Defensive End Chase Young, but I don’t think he’ll be there. I’d love the Lions to trade down for an additional second or third round pick (realistically) and get an impact defensive player like Jeff Okudah or Derrick Brown and I’m crossing my fingers that scenario plays out tonight.

But if Bob Quinn and company HAVE to stay put at #3 then taking the best cornerback in the draft makes sense for a lot of reasons and his VALUE is one of those reasons.

I disagree that there is no “value” for the cornerback position that high.

I know there have been only eight corners taken in the top five the last 25-years, but don’t you think the Lions, who rated dead last against the pass last year, could use some help in that category?

LIONS HAD FEWEST INTERCEPTIONS

Don’t you think this Lions team, who registered just seven interceptions last year-fewest in the league, could use a defensive playmaker?

Do you believe, like I do, the NFL is a quarterback/passing league?

If you do than this team MUST address the secondary cover positions and it has to do it early in the draft.

Some act like the only “value” positions are quarterbacks, tackles and defensive ends.

How was the Raiders value for JaMarcus Russell, or Tennessee’s for Jake Locker, or Washington’s for Robert Griffin III or Jacksonville’s for Blake Bortles?

How was the Packers value for Tony Mandarich, or Greg Robinson in St. Louis, or Luke Joeckel in Jacksonville or Brandon Scherff in Washington?

Do you think the Niners got value for DE Solomon Thomas three years ago? Did Miami got value for Edge Dion Jordan?

GIVE ME CHARLES WOODSON, DEION SANDERS

Look, I can bring up examples of busts of those value positions and those who disagree can bring up success stories for the same positions. The bottom line is: I think value depends on what that player does for you. I’d take Charles Woodson, Patrick Peterson, Deion Sanders or Jalen Ramsey wouldn’t you?

Value at 3 means being a high level player for the next 8-10 years, no matter what position he plays.

Image at top from NWCLIFE

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