Free agency is starting to slow down following the mass explosion that was its start, specifically with the Miami Dolphins. With all the moves that have been made, it's time to start re-visiting the projections of NFL Mock Drafts. Today, Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation's Mocking the Draft did exactly that.
Starting back in January, NFL Mock Drafts become a favorite past time around the internet. Everyone, everywhere begins projecting each NFL franchise's selections in April's draft, including an explanation of why they picked that player. The problem is, none of those mock drafts take into account the massive player movements that happen in free agency.
After a week of players being signed and players being released, all the projections from the previous two months are wrong. But, that just means it's a chance for people to begin anew, re-projecting the picks for April's selection meeting.
The draft opens with the Kansas City Chiefs selecting Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel, followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars' selection of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and the Oakland Raiders taking Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. The top five is rounded out with the Philadelphia Eagles' pick of Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher and the Detroit Lions' selection of BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.
The Dolphins just shelled out a ton of money for free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace. That doesn't rule out a wide receiver for this pick, but it certainly gives Miami some freedom to look elsewhere. Cornerback is another big hole on this roster, and Xavier Rhodes is our No. 2 cornerback. He's got the upside to be the draft's best at the position.
The selection of Rhodes seems to be developing into the popular pick for the Dolphins following their spending spree in free agency. Do you think that's what actually happens in April? Or, could the Dolphins look to continue their offensive revolution, selecting someone like West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin?
Let us know in the comments below and make sure you check out the entire 2013 NFL Mock Draft over on Mocking the Draft..