Double dipping is a relatively new but growing theory in draftatology where a team drafts two players of the same position back to back to increase their chances that they fix one of their biggest holes. While there is little information and explanation of the theory it has been named as the double down by some or as draft flooding by others. The general idea is that if you have a strong need at a position you can draft the same position two, three or (very rarely) four different times in the draft.

In the 2010 draft this act occurred after six times where a 1st or 2nd round pick was duplicated soon after. These occurrences were:

New England: Took tight end Rob Gronkowski in the 2nd and Aaron Hernandez in the 4th.

Jacksonville: Took DT Tyson Alualu in the 1st and D'Anthony Smith in the 3rd.

Tampa Bay (A): Took DT Gerald McCoy in the 1st and Brian Price in the 2nd

Tampa Bay (B): Took Arrelious Benn in the 2nd and Mike Williams in the 4th

Pittsburgh: Took DE/LB Jason Worlids in the 2nd and Thaddeus Gibson in the 4th.

Arizona: Took LB Darryl Washington in the 2nd and O'Brien Schofield in the 4th.

One additional note is that the Jacksonville Jaguars are fundamentalists in this theory and have used their first and second picks on the same position over the last three years.

In general the other outside sources endorse teams who double dip in the draft if the value of the picks is good. I myself think that the double dipping rule goes hand in hand with the need over value rules described in Lesson One.

Unfortunately I don't believe there is really a straight forward rule out there because it is team, player and draft specific. If you look at the Jacksonville Jaguars last year you have to think of failure in the draft. They reached for a position of need on a player that was taken 15 picks early. In retrospect their 10th overall pick was even worse since the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th picks were swapped on draft day. The team then took a pick for D'Anthony Smith who was similar in some ways to Alualu. This set up of picks didn't seem to work well because the team reached on a guy when they had so many more needs and then they double dipped soon after.

I did however like what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did with receivers when they took Arrelious Benn in the 2nd and Mike Williams in the 4th. The team got a solid player in Benn and then grabbed a guy with a lot of potential in Williams. They also got two guys that could take the field and play together if they both succeed.

So while there aren't many concrete rules to double dipping I do believe that there are some fundamentals including:

1) Dip on Value

This is the biggest and most important rule out there. If you are considering a double dip then you had better not reach for a player to do so. It seems like this has been the fundamental problem with the Jaguars in that they seem to find their biggest position of need and then they take the highest guy of that position on their list. Not a good move.

2) Dip on Need

This might sound obvious but you better double dip on need. If you take a position you don't immediately need then you had better not take that same position again right away. You want to make sure that you end up with a good tight end but if you need a receiver, offensive tackle, etc. more then it would be dumb to take two tight ends.

3) Dip on Position

Speaking of tight ends it might not be a great idea to take a position that is a good one to double with. It is fairly uncommon to expect two tight ends to take the field at the same time so it might be dumb to take two tight ends early. If you take a receiving TE early and a blocking one after then it is an ok to double dip because you fill two functions. Even more extreme would be if you take two QB's early. Sure you increase your odds of finding a star but you also guarantee that one (or two) guys will bust.

On the other hand if you take a receiver that is ideally a long distance threat and then a possession receiver then you are doing a good job because you might luck out and have both be studs on the field at the same time. The best place to double dip might be on the offensive line because you could take 3-4 offensive tackles and have them all theoretically play at the same time if they fit into the interior of the line. I believe that the positions break down as follows:




*RB (assuming they have some differences)
*S (FS and SS often are different enough)
*Interior OL
*LB (again some major differences)