The best way to avoid drafting players you don’t really want is to take them off your draft board.
That’s the theory, anyhow, used by Bill Belichick in New England and some of his proteges around the NFL. Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post has an interesting piece Sunday about how Josh McDaniels uses a “short board” when drafting, like his old boss.
Most teams list all potential draft picks on their board. That can top 300 players. The Broncos had under 100 players last year, the only ones that fit what Denver wants to do.
“We want the players on our board that we
want on our team — that’s the goal,” McDaniels said. “It’s the process
we go through to make the best decisions, both short- and long-term for
Belichick has reportedly had as few as 25 players on his board one year, which is remarkable.
The approach makes sense, but McDaniels still must show he can pick the right players for such a short draft board.