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NFL free agency v the draft: What's more important?

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Spring in the NFL offers teams plenty of time to rebuild and grow as a franchise and it acts as a pivotal period of preparation.

Depending on the situation of a team heading into the months of March, April and May, will dictate what their approach will be during the three-month time frame.

As we have seen, the early part of March includes the crucial early days of the free agency period.

This time year is there for all those veteran players who want that next big payday, but at the same time it offers teams the chance for that quick fix that they hope will provide results in the short-term.

The NFL Draft in May is a different ball game all together. This provides teams the opportunity to look to the future, with most rookies needing plenty of guidance to become a starter in the league.

If we start with the free agency period, there are a few teams right now attacking it in an intense way as they hope to improve their team.

Denver Broncos are one of those teams, and their acquisitions of DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and A.J. Ward highlights their intense approach.

The AFC West team are reacting in a positive way to losing the Super Bowl 43-8 to the Seahawks in February.

Quarterback Peyton Manning is also bound to only have a couple more seasons of high quality play left, and the Broncos seemingly look to be going all in for a NFL title in the next two seasons.

Another of those teams looking for the short-term fix is the New England Patriots, who are attacking free agency as they hope to keep up with the Broncos, who they lost to in the AFC Championship Game.

They have acquired free agent cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner with the hope of revitalising their defense.

However, other NFL teams are looking to utilize the NFL Draft as a way to improve their roster.

It's argued that free agency improvements can be more expensive for teams but they come with greater assurances of quality, because you are signing players that have already proved themselves in the league.

Making improvements through the draft is less guaranteed because there is no real telling whether or not they will seamlessly make the jump to the NFL.

A team like the Houston Texans are looking to do just that. One of the reasons for this is because they are looking to the long-term future with their team, with a young QB likely to be drafted with their first overall pick.

This doesn't necessarily mean they won't have success straight away, it's just that they have their eyes fixated a little further ahead than the Broncos and the Patriots.

After all the current World Champions the Seahawks are a perfect example of how if you draft well you can have success quickly.

Good drafting doesn't just come on the day of the pick, it comes from the process of moulding a player to suit your team from day one of training camp.

Utilizing the draft gives you less assurances but more potential than attacking free agency. Different teams have different approaches, and only time will tell who is using their spring this year to rebuild in the right way for the 2014 NFL season.




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