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Free agency is slowing down as team executives converge on Phoenix, Arizona for this week's NFL Owners Meeting. Of course as soon as free agency slows down, mock drafts begin popping back up. NFL.com's Buck Brooks published his most recent projection on Friday.
After a fast paced start to the NFL's free agency period, team needs heading into April's 2013 NFL Draft are all completely different. With that said, it's not surprising that, as the free agency period gets interrupted this weekend as team executive converge on Phoenix for this week's Owners Meeting, mock drafts are starting to make an appearance again.
On Friday, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks posted his latest projection for next month's selection meeting.
At the top of the draft, Brooks changes his outlook for the Kansas City Chiefs. Back on his March 4 draft, he had the Chiefs picking Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher. in his most current 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Brooks projects Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd to Kansas City with the top overall pick.
According to Brooks, behind the Chiefs the Jacksonville Jaguars will be looking to select Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel, followed by Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei to the Oakland Raiders, Fisher to the Phialdelphia Eagles, and Ezekiel Ansah, BUY defensive end, to the Detroit Lions.
Meanwhile, for the Miami Dolphins, who have the 12th overall pick this year, Brooks sees the team addressing one of their top remaining needs after a free agent spending spree. With the Dolphins having already addressed the wide receiver and tight end positions, Brooks sees Miami turning to the defense with a selection of Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
Of the pick, Brooks writes:
The loss of Sean Smith robs the Dolphins of a big, athletic corner with range. Rhodes is not a polished product at this point, but he possesses a rare combination of size, speed and skill.
A selection of Rhodes, or Washington's Desmond Trufant, should not be a surprise at this point to anyone watching the Dolphins' roster. Other than trying to address the hole that could be left if Jake Long leaves the team, cornerback is the biggest need remaining for this team.
Of course, as the offseason continues, we will see more and more mock drafts pop up. Do you think Brooks is on the right track for the Dolphins this year? Do you see more mock drafts shifting to cornerback over the next few weeks?