This is my own draft strategy that I'm sort of developing. I'm sure it's one that quite a few GMs believe in, but I'm just now spelling it out.
I call it maximization because it refers to maximizing the amount of early picks you have in a given draft. And by early picks, I mean ones in the first 4 rounds or first 120 or so picks.
Because those picks IMO are the ones most likely to develop into starters. Now that's not to imply that players picked after #120 won't be starters or are totally useless, but I think statistics probably prove that you have a significantly better chance of making it in this league if you are picked in the Top 120. We can think of many examples of top players that went in Rounds 5 or later, but it's my opinion that if you walk away from a draft thinking that your 5th or 6th rounder is going to be a future starter, you're more than likely kidding yourself.
And this draft strategy doesn't mean you should trade away all your 5th, 6th, and/or 7th round picks just to move up in the draft, but I think it should be considered that those picks are of less value and should not be seen as vital to draft success.
An example would be if a team was lacking draft picks, and say had just a 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th. Instead of just sitting idle after Round 3, they should probably use the second day picks (and probably a future middle round pick) as part of a package to move up into Round 4 or so. It means that a team should worry more about quality than quantity.
Every year there are quality players that I think have starting-caliber ability that fall to the late rounds. An example of last year was Bobby McCray, who I felt was a 2nd round talent but fell to Round 7. Another example would be Colin Cole in 2003, who I also felt was a 2nd round talent, but he went undrafted. Basically my point is that if a player slips 3 or more rounds, there is usually a good reason for it, so you should not be so quick to pull the trigger. Two more local examples would be Kahlil Hill and Etric Pruitt. Both were players I liked, but both slipped several rounds in the draft from where I thought they should have went. And although I saw both still having starting potential, the fact that they slipped should have raised a red flag in my head that it was unlikely either would succeed. And it would seem that is the case. Pruitt didn't impress too much as a rookie, and neither has Hill, and thus he's become a on/off practice squad player in Buffalo. Pruitt will likely fall by the wayside in the near future as well.
Most likely, I figure most players selected in the final 3 rounds end up being out of the league by their 3rd season or end up just being special teams/role players. Of course these are essential pieces of your roster, but considering the sheer # of these caliber players entering the league, it doesn't take savvy drafting or scouting to find these guys.
Basically to summarize, I think McKay should be looking at our potential draft and telling himself that most likely he'll only be able to walk away from this one with 4 future starters, and that if he wants to add more then he's likely going to have to trade away our final 4 picks.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.