Can you expand on this? Are you saying teams ascribe a certain positional 'value' to players? Or are you suggesting need creates the positional value ranking?
There are certain positions that are much more impactful for the success of a team than other positions. Without a doubt having a good qb elevates the talent level on offense and to an extent the defense. The center position and guard position are certainly less impactful on the success of an offense than is a good qb or playmaker at receiver. A dynamic pass rushing DE or OLB is much more valuable than an interior DL or MLB.
Let's look at this year's playoff teams. The most obvious observation is the necessity of having good qb play. Compare the Redskins from last year to this year with the addition of Griffith III. Compare the Colts from last year to this year with the addition of Luck. Look what Russell Wilson has done for Seattle in his rookie year.
Dalton is a good qb who probably won't make it to an elite level. Without a doubt Green is a "special" talent as a receiver. But Dalton stabilized an inconsitent team and allowed his team to compete with the big boys because he stabilized the most important position.
When I watched the Bills play Seattle in Toronto it was clear that the qb that Nix passed on in the last draft was the most dynamic player on the field. Without a doubt he also elevated his team to be a serious contending team. This was a Buddy draft misstep that has set this franchise back.
Where I cordially but strenuously differ with the astute NYC Bill is that I believe Spiller was a good pick. He is a bigplay player on a team that lacked playmakers. Buddy Nix had the opportunity to enhance Spiller's scintillating talents by filling the qb void that this franchise had. There were opportunities in the second round in one year (Kaepernick, Dalton, and maybe Mallett in the third) and even the third round in the following year when Wilson and Cousins were available.
Building a roster is a puzzle. Sometimes you can't overreach to fill a need. But when the opportunities are there you have to take action. Buddy preferred his rocking chair over getting into the hunt. He set this franchise back.
I'm definitely not absolving Nix for not drafting a QB...I'm simply saying that I disagreed that Gailey was set up to fail by NIx b/c of the lack of one. I feel pretty confident that if Chan was adamant that he needed a QB, he would've gotten one.
Who is the boss? The GM has the last say on who to add to the roster. The issue isn't only about Fitz. Even if both Chan/Nix were in accord that Fitz was adequate enough it is the responsibility of the GM to have someone in the pipeline ready to take the reigns.
I'm not going to disagree that Chan had some blame on the qb issue. But I'm going to apportion more blame to the person who had the most authority.That is Buddy.