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    Round By Round Positional Strength, Weaknesses Factors Into Draft Strategy

    In addition to the overall strength or weakness of a draft at each position, the ebb and flow of strength and wekness in each round certainly has an effect on how GMs build their roster each year. Even the prospect at a position in next year's draft can be a factor in a rebuilding team's long term plan.

    If a team has a huge need, but the available talent is thin, it could cause that GM to make sure they fil that need right away. It's a bit of a crap shoot, and no team, can count on a targetted player being there without a deal up.

    However, when making a deal down, they can know pretty well what positions they can fill with that extra pick or picks, with a pretty sure bet of one of a handful of nearly equal guys a good possibility to be had.

    Here is how I have broken down the top four rounds of this draft, where need is a bigger factor, round by round as far as amount of available talent, of choice available to fill need, not necessarily number who go that round, sometimes because of the effect I am discussing here.

    ROUND ONE
    Strong :
    Quarterback
    Offensive Tackle
    Wide Receiver
    Running Back
    Defensive Tackle

    Weak:
    Defensive End
    Safety
    Cornerback
    Linebacker
    Tight End
    Guard

    ROUND TWO
    Strong:
    Quarterback
    Running Back
    Wide Receiver
    Offensive Tackle
    Guard
    Cornerback
    Defensive End
    Safety

    Weak:
    Linebacker
    Tight End
    Center

    ROUND THREE
    Strong:
    Quarterback
    Running Back
    Wide Receiver
    Guard
    Linebacker
    Cornerback
    Offensive Tackle

    Weak:
    Safety
    Defensive Tackle
    Defensive End
    Center
    Tight End

    ROUND FOUR
    Strong:
    Wide Receiver
    Center
    Linebacker
    Cornerback
    Guard
    Running Back

    Weak:
    Quarterback
    Tight End
    Offensive Tackle
    Safety

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    Re: Round By Round Positional Strength, Weaknesses Factors Into Draft Strategy

    Running back is a strong position for Round 1? I don't think there is a single RB who is a lock for the first round.

    By the same token, how is CB a weak position for Round 1? There are two locks for the first round (Gilbert, Dennard) and three who could be taken (Fuller, Verrett, Roby).

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