Yes, we spent a ton on Webster, who IMO is just an average/above average corner. I think if you look at this year's FA class, there are at least 5 corners that are better than Webster, and would be much more worth the $7 million in bonus money we tossed Web's way. But oh well.
Cornerback is a very expensive position when it comes to free agency. And if we did sign a player, it would mean that we would have 3 highly paid corners on the roster.
I'm a huge fan of the best player available method. I think it's the best way you have success in the draft and on your football team down the road. Focusing on need too much causes reaches. And reaches = bad selections, and in the long run hurt your team. Besides a select few positions (QB for one), we could use help at pretty much every position across the board.
But getting back to the question, I think if there is a quality corner there when we pick in Round 1, 2, or 3, then go ahead and pull the trigger, despite it being not a high-level need. If it came down to a tie between a CB and say a OL, and our front office considers corner to be a much stronger/deeper position in the draft, then I say go with the OL. But if there's a corner on the board that you have as an A- grade, and the top OL on your board is only a B+, then I say you follow the board and taken the corner.
After all, front offices do put in about 9 months of work constructing that draft board for that April Saturday. All that work, and then to just supercede the board just because you prefer to go after the need, seems like a lot of wasted man hours and effort went into that board.
Let's just say a situation arose where a cornerback fell in the draft to Atlanta at #27. The Falcons had him rated as the #19 best prospect in the draft. But at the same time there is a DE available that is rated at #26 on the Falcons board. Do you say to yourself, "Seven spots is not that big of a deal. Plus corner is a deeper position, so I can pass on that one guy and still get a decent player next round or later." Or do you say, "There's a reason why we rated this guy at #19, and the other guy at #26, and I'm going to stick to my draft board and pick the best available player." Personally, I'd say the latter. In the later rounds IMO, where the margin between each player is much smaller, you can afford to jump 6, or maybe even 10 spots on your draft board to help fulfill a pressing need. But when its that early in the draft, I stick to your draft board as much as possible.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.