Originally Posted by JJDChE
If we're talking about BB's ranking system, combining "best player" with "need" - then yes, I'd expect you could include them in being ranked lower than Maroney.
If you take the "best player available" myth to its logical conclusion, then a GM could wind up taking a QB in every round, if indeed they were the "best player" on the board - and we know that's just silly.
We all know that BB has indeed uttered the phrase "best player available" on more than one occassion - but that's just BB-speak for "the player that made the best sense for us" which in fact, does include "need" as a factor - as evidenced by this draft.
Aside from that, while I don't know where BB had Maroney ranked on his board, when BB was picking at #21 I expect he looked at who was left on the board, looked at who was picking after him, considered opportunities to use his extra picks to trade up in the 2nd, and recognized that of the two players he coveted - Jackson and Maroney - it was more likely that Jackson would still be on the board in the 2nd round than it was Maroney, who would need to get past the Colts, who had an even more pressing need at RB
As such, we can't necessarilly conclude that Maroney was ranked higher than Jackson - but we can conclude that BB knows how to play the draft like a fine stringed instrument