Tell that to Gettleman. He said needs are best addressed in FA not the draft. Need tends to make you reach and overvalue guys instead of using BPA. Everette Brown and Jimmy Clausen comes to mind.
No he didn't say that at all. He said that you add players in free agency (meaning you add actual starter level talent in free agency) so that you aren't forced to go with your biggest needs come draft time, therefore giving yourself options.
When you have the luxury of being a good team that has been well run, you have the ability to be more liberal in your draft pursuits
When your a garbage organization who has been ran horribly for a decade, you don't have such freedom and are forced to do what you can in FA and the draft in an effort to field an NFL-tier roster
and disconnected from the topic but I'm throwing it in anyways-what made Hurney so horrible is that he didn't do any of these things. He had a disdain for free agency and then still wanted to go BPA when draft time came. He looked at the marks and philosophies of "successful" organizations but was either too dense or too dumb to ponder what made building a team via their philosophies successful
Yes. The Patriots stockpile draft picks. They also routinely add big name players in free agency and don't spend money on useless positions and old players.
Yes, the Steelers and Packers build through the draft as well. You know what they also do? They draft players to fill positions on their team where they are weak and also don't invest major resources on aged players or meaningless positions like RB