2014 NFL Draft: Which Teams Will Be Tempted to Reach for Positional Needs?

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2014 NFL Draft: Which Teams Will Be Tempted to Reach for Positional Needs?
Tony Dejak

When it comes to the annual NFL draft, there are typically two schools of thought when it comes to approaching draft strategy.

Some teams tend to wait for the draft to come to them. These are the teams who make few moves and select the perceived best player available with nearly every single draft pick, regardless of position. This is a strategy typically used with a long-term picture in mind. Think of the Green Bay Packers' drafting of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2005 when Brett Favre was still on the roster.

Other teams use the draft as a way to fill key roster needs. They target specific positions with draft picks, even if value and draft slotting do not match. Think of the Minnesota Vikings drafting Christian Ponder 12th overall in 2011, even though he was widely considered a late first-round or second-round talent.

Jumping to fill a specific need when the draft value isn't there is commonly known as "reaching," and the teams inclined to do it can vary from year to year. Over the next few pages, we will examine those teams that will be tempted to reach in this year's draft.

Reaching in an incredibly deep draft probably isn't the wisest strategy. Of course, we are talking about the NFL, and not every team is going to get things right.


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