Best Available Player – For Dummies

Gene Smith has become known by Jaguars’ fans as being a low key guy. He drafts smart, makes low risk signings in free agency, and occasionally makes a high reward splash. Many people within the Jacksonville market have asked why Gene Smith hasn’t signed a big play player (I’m lookin’ at you T.O.). So, I thought it would be appropriate to give a short and simple explanation of the best-available-player approach (BAP) to the NFL draft.

The idea of BAP is that when it is your turn to pick, you take the guy at the top of your board, period. In this method, you either pick that player or trade down, and do it again. Using the BAP system makes draft day much easier for the GM because the only variables are trades. It eliminates last second decisions. It’s this simple. The scouts and GM Gene will give a ranking to every player on their board before the draft. When draft day comes, they pick whoever is highest on the board. That’s it.

Gene Smith has shown a devotion to this method (also employed by such teams as the Packers and Steelers). It does lead to some criticism from Mel Kiper. But, how did Tyson Alualu work out? How about Eugene Monroe? It’s worked so far, and it will continue to work as long as the Jaguars personnel department can identify and target young talent. Who knows, maybe in a year or two we’ll be talking about a Jaguars, Packers Super Bowl.

Tyson Alualu was supposed to be picked in the late 1st or early 2nd round, but he’s proven that he was well worth the 10th pick of the draft.

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  1. […] is often misunderstood. If you missed it, you can check out a relatively short explanation of BAP here. The key here is that Gene Smith has to match value of a pick with need. This usually involves […]

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