5 NFL Teams and the Key Offensive Positions They Neglected in the Draft
There are two occasions when NFL teams are forced to show their honest feelings regarding players. The first is in free agency, when a team's love for a player is shown by how much they choose to pay him. The second is the NFL Draft, when we see which spots on a roster teams feel they need to improve in both the short and the long term.
If a team does not spend significant free agency dollars, or significant draft capital, towards a certain position, this is the team telling us that they are happy with their lot.
Here are five teams that many prognosticators believed would address key areas on their roster during the draft yet did very little to improve at these positions.
Throughout this piece, we'll reference our in-house Net Expected Points (NEP) metric, which tracks the efficiency of both teams and players, with the team side being adjusted for strength of opponent. A three-yard reception on 3rd-and-2 is wildly different than a three-yard reception on 3rd-and-4, and NEP helps account for that by tracking the expected points players add to their teams' total over the course of a season. You can learn more about NEP in our glossary.