Just reading stuff and i notice that big bad bill seems to have acquired a shed load of picks in the first 2 rounds and that got me thinking .....not always a good thing to do i know, and yes, it did hurt....but time for another dumbass question from me i'm afraid....Is there some kind of rules around drafts that mean you have to draft players, or limits the maximum number of picks you can hoard?
If not, how far could a team go on Free Agency alone? Say your 'first team' as such was based on the current starters, with upgrades through free agency, and the 'back-ups' were just cheap and cheerful to keep the numbers within squad limits....how far could a team go? Could they challenge for the conference and have an extended off-season or would they bomb out the bottom like a dodgy ruby?
Lets say you're a team with a reasonable solid core group, a decent enough young QB (like Josh Freeman perhaps?) and some talented young weapons around. Let's then say that you had a 5year plan not to draft a single sole, instead you traded around to increase the number of picks and packaged up lower value picks to get to the second round level or higher....now i haven't a clue what that would get you, but let's say that somehow you could wangle 7 or 8 first round and 7 or 8 second round picks from your shenanigans.... would your organisation be shot to pieces and a laughing stock about to be kicked out fo the league for playing so poorly, or could you actually be competetive throughout that period and emerge from your plan with a squad to behold?
Also, slight side issue here, but have teams who are short of one or two star players but who have a number of picks accumulated from previous seasons ever been known to blow a season on purpose just so they can get top pick in the next years draft?