There are, in my opinion, 3 things that teams that draft well do:
1. They hit on their early picks, which become impact players, and who are retained in the organization for long periods of time.
2. They are able to replace special teams and depth with the draft (basically JAGs who are on the team), allowing them to let mid to late round talent leave because the replacements are already on the roster. This saves you money not having to pay FAs for depth positions
3. They find capable starting/reserve depth in the middle rounds consistently, so you don't have to pay a mid-tier guy a lot of money to stay, or pay more for a mid-tier FA.
They then supplement the players they draft with FA, picking up an impact player here and there, and filling out depth where necessary. NO TEAM is able to just build and exist through the draft. The Patriots draft pretty well, but they are always bringing in FAs at different spots to fill out the roster. GB hasn't won nearly enough in either the Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre era (1 SB each). With that level of QB play, they should have won more. Why? Well, the team hasn't invested in FA almost at all. And while they draft well, they often fall JUST short.
This is true, and "McLovin's" 2015 draft is pretty good, 2016 doesn't look exactly stellar:
1. Scherff - Good, but the 5th overall pick for a guard when Leonard Williams was sitting there is .. not the right draft pick even though Scherff is awesome.
2. Preston Smith - Starter who is good but, so far, not great.
3. Matt Jones - Waste of a pick
4. Crowder - Best pick of the draft, got a legitimate starter in the middle of the draft.
4. Ari - Well, he was cut before his 3rd season, but brought back due to injury.
5. Spaight - Good backup
6. Jarrett - Looked like a gem of a pick until a really ugly injury.
6. Spencer - out of the league
7. Reiter - Not signed, I don't think.
Ultimately, 9 picks, 3 starters, 1 backup (Spaight), 1 guy who worked his way back (Ari), and one guy who was looking great but bad-luck injury (Jarrett)
1. Doctson - so far, meh. We'll see
2. Cravens - yeah, bust of a pick there
3. Fuller - great pick, sad to have traded him away
5. Ioannidis - Starter
6. Sudfeld - has a SB ring, just not with us.
7. Daniels and Marshal didn't make the squad.
This draft is ultimately going to be judged on how Doctson develops. 6 picks (I can't remember what happened to the 4th), the 1st and 2nd so far are underwhelming, but found a stud in Fuller (pity he's no longer here), and Ioanndis is coming around.
I think McCloughan did reasonably well in the mid-parts of the drafts. But both his 1st round picks have issues (again, I love Scherff, but #5 overall with a stud DL on the board for a guard is the wrong pick), he had a couple early busts (Cravens and Matt Jones).
The "good news" is that we were able to allow Murphy, Bree, Long and Grant to leave because, for the most part, we have suitable players to replace them. All are "mid-tier" type guys, and it's good that we didn't have to spend big money on retaining them out of necessity. The one exception might be Bree, with the loss of Fuller as well... That might hurt a bit.
The biggest issue the 'Skins have right now on the roster is they don't have a lot of IMPACT players. Trent is great, but a LT can only do so much.
We don't have that stud DL who can take over a game, or the speed pass-rusher, or the WR/RB who can keep the opposing team's DC up for a week trying to figure out how to contain them. We have none of those players.
We have a wonderfully average, 8-8 roster. A top-tier coach (GIbbs I, for instance) might be able to coax 10-11 wins out of the team.
UNLESS Docston breaks-out, they draft the next Adrienne Peterson in the draft, CT and Reed stay healthy, Ryan Anderson has a huge leap, and Robinson is exactly what they hope he is going to be. IF all of that happens, this roster could be really good.
What's just as likely is Williams, Moses, Reed, CT and Allen all will not perform to standard, at least early, as they are all recovering from surgeries. And some will get hurt again, because that's kinda what they do. Doctson will take a step forward, but not develop into a 1. We will get a "meh" RB in the 4th round, the DBs will be "Meh" with the loss of Bree and Fuller, and we end up 5-11. Not so good.