By Armando Salgueroasalguero@MiamiHerald.com
Let’s start with the fact that a lot of teams draft horizontally. There’s nothing wrong with drafting horizontally. Ron Wolf built the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers of the 1990s drafting horizontally.
It means that the Dolphins are not necessarily going to be drafting the best available player.
It means that even if the Dolphins don’t pick the best available player, they can make the case they did exactly that.
Drafting horizontally, one critic of the format told me last week, is a great way to fool the media and the owner into thinking you’re picking the best available player who coincidently plays a position of need (wink, wink) when what you’re really doing is just filling your greatest needs.
A proponent of drafting horizontally countered that it’s the best way to marry two draft-day desires: Getting the best players, yes, but also doing it at the positions you need to improve.
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