Best Player Available is a tried a true method of stockpiling the top talent possible in the NFL draft.
Teams that worry less about “need” and select the best player available give themselves the greatest chance of nailing the selection, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
New Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians believes BPA is the only way to go. If that player lines up with your “need,” so be it.
“You can’t draft for need,” Arians said this week, via the team’s official website. “You draft for need, you get fired. Draft the best player, and if you’ve got two of them now you’ve got three of them. Just take the best players available for you. Now, if you’ve got four players right there together and one of them is a need, that’s the home run. That’s the home run.”
The Bucs own the No. 5 overall pick and have been linked almost exclusively to defensive players — like linebacker Devin White or rusher Josh Allen — a huge need. It’s also a draft loaded with defensive talent.
There is a good chance the best player available when the Bucs are on the clock tonight will fill a massive need.
And while there have been some rumors about teams trying to move into the top five for a QB — i.e. the Washington Redskins — Arians suggested the Bucs won’t be moving from their pick unless they get bowled over by an offer.
“It would have to be some hellacious picks, because there are five guys on the board I love,” he said. “You’d have to throw the bank and open a vault for me and Jason to probably move back. That’s not saying that we wouldn’t…just looking at the guys that are there. Really, [it’s] six guys that are once-in-a-generation type players. I feel great about this draft.”