I think I have our new roster building plan figured out. Dan, Vinny, and Jimmy Z are running a reverse. The Fred Davis pick in the draft was the tipoff to the Skins hierarchy's's new roster building strategy. Why draft a TE that high when you have Cooley?
Most NFL teams begin with an offensive and defensive plan and then build a roster to fit it. The braintrust is reversing that. They will search out and sign the best players available, even if it means adding a player like Davis at a position of strength, thus making it easier to build a talented roster. Then, Jim Zorn and staff will find a way to use what they have to good advantage. The Davis pick is an example of the way the scheme can be adapted to the talent.
If Davis turns out to be a blue chip player, the team's short game gets a whole lot better with Cooley and Davis on the field at the same time. In the red zone, it will be like having two power forwards in the low post defended by guards; and, an offense that will work in the red zone, will work anywhere on the field.
Joe Gibbs wasn't wrong in wanting to sit on a second-half 14 point lead last season in the Giant's game at Fed Ex. He just didn't have the horses to run the Riggo Drill the way he did in the 80s. When we think of beefing up the short game, we think run; but given the same situation, Zorn can choose to milk the clock with high percentage passes to big receivers, mixed in with runs.
When we say that a team has the capability to come from behind, we are usually thinking of an effective medium-to-deep range passing game; but, the surest way to score touchdowns is by using all four downs. This means taking fourth and short gambles. Our improved short game means gambles like that are more likely to succeed.
So, if Davis develops into a player, we can be better in the red zone, better at milking the clock, and better at coming from behind if Jimmy Z plays his cards right. All this from drafting the best player available at a position already capably filled.
When you draft for need, to fill positions, you lower your batting average in the draft. When you're picky about getting players to fit a system, you lower your average. It makes more sense to find talent and then tweak your scheme to use it.