One thing is clear in my mind: building through the draft doesn't work. It takes 5-10 years to see if you even have anyone good enough, and if you don't you have to start over. I feel like we only adopted the "build through the draft" narrative because we thought we had this pipeline of amazing players.
I think there can't be any one strategy you lean on more than the other. You win by trading, signing free agents and drafting. And in sports, winning now is more important than maybe being competitive ten years from now. It doesn't mean much to me when someone says how good we'll be 7 years from now, because if enough drafted players don't pan out (like they haven't for us) we would have wasted all that time.
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