A lof of conflicting dialogue around BB and his ability as a GM... below are what I feel his strengths and weaknesses are... feel free to add/dispute/comment:
- Strong history of hitting on solid players in Rd 1.
- Solid at identifying, drafting and developing OL/DL talent/contributors.
- Good at finding late round, URFA players that can contribute. The minimal cost of these players provides financial flexibility and allows them to allocate funds elsewhere.
- Good at building roster depth. Even with injuries, some significant (TB, VW, Mayo, Gronk, etc), they remain competitive.
- Has done well with identifying/drafting/developing quality TE talent.
- 2010-2013 drafts have yielded solid contributors/starters.
- A lot of misses on day 2.
- Inconsistent at identifying/drafting/developing solid/good WR's and DB's. Better as of late.
- 2006/2007 drafts were horrible, a little better in 2008 (Mayo/Slater) and 2009 (Vollmer/Edelman), but still not good.
- Trades... some have worked (Moss, Welker, Dillon, Talib, Blout, etc.), so have not (Haynesworth, Chad Johnson, Doug Gabrield, etc.)
- Some trade downs in the draft have yielded solid returns, others, not so much.
- FA signings. I don't have the exact hit rate, but they were better earlier in his NE tenure.