NFL Draft 2012: 5 Strategies General Managers Can Employ on Draft Day

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NFL Draft 2012: 5 Strategies General Managers Can Employ on Draft Day
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There are a number of approaches teams take to the Draft.

One of the hottest-debated aspects of NFL draft analysis is the philosophy that various teams, sometimes tied specifically to the general manager, use in making their selections and trying to execute from their board.

Most of the time, if a pick hits and the player becomes successful during his rookie contract for his selecting team, the modus operandi by which the decision came about is questioned little if at all. 

But as more thorough breakdowns are rendered, and the thirst for these reviews has grown proportionately with the popularity and coverage intensity of this event, the failing teams find themselves much more in the public and media crosshairs.

Like with most topics involving this much complexity, including unpredictability and the inherent chaos of human decision-making, the true answer is rarely one thing and one thing only, black and white. 

Final draft-day selections by a single team more often reflect a combination of methodology, even as malleable as pick-to-pick let alone from one year to another.

Patterns and clear examples of different approaches do emerge, however, and as much from an illustrative and educational angle, as a predictive or critical one, this slideshow points out five such possibilities in an attempt to shed some light on what the thought process may be with certain NFL draft choices.

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