Why do sports teams focus on draft picks? Isn’t that like relying on an entry-level person to save a team of seniors?

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Why do sports teams focus on draft picks? Isn’t that like relying on an entry-level person to save a team of seniors?

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There are only so many opportunities to change your roster, that’s why there is so much hype around draft picks.

I can give you a brand new AMD or Intel top of the line processor, you only get to pick one. Or, you can keep your 1992 Pentium processor. It works, but it’s slower. Which do you pick?

Generally rookie contracts have a set structure or price so you gamble on a new talent and lock them in at that (lower) price than if they were a Superstar free agent.

Your team can’t be made up entirely of very good “senior” employees. Especially in a sport with a salary cap. You’ll have some stars, and then you have to fill out your roster with players who are better than almost anyone on the planet, yes. But middling to meh in terms of the rest of the league.

Draft picks make the league minimum salary for their first few seasons.

When the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Auston Matthews, they got a player who is (currently) top 3 in the entire league, but for three years they got to pay him less than $1 million a year. And they got to pick him to specifically play for their team without giving up any players in a trade.

The major advantage is the size of the salary of new players, compared to established players. Every team has a cap limit of how much they are able to spend so this becomes important. Instead of paying 30-40 million for a free agent establish quarterback, for usually a smaller number of years, you could possibly roll the dice on a new quarterback that you could have for 5 years on a rookie contract, paying only a couple million.