Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
A very good point. It's a balancing act between need and the ability for a FA to make an instant impact. WR isn't as high of a need, but it seems like there are a number of guys who can come in and be productive from day one.
I'd also like to sign a FA guard simply because it seems like there aren't a lot of interior lineman who play at a high level as rookies.
It is a balancing act. I think that the vast majority of free agents don't help nearly as much as teams have hoped. You can look at some of the marquee signings of the past and see that their impact isn't nearly as high as hoped.
Its a must to sure up the defensive backfield as well as the offensive line. Once they do that I think they will look to the best player available. If you have someone rated high and he slips it doesn't make sense to pass on him because it isn't necessarily a position of need. Look at the Pats draft of a few years ago, they selected two TE's in the 3rd round. Looked odd at the time but both are a major cog to their offense.