Welcome to round two of the NFL smokescreen season. After watching them build up, then dissipate as the free agency period approached, and now waned, the smoke is starting to show up again as teams shift gears and start focusing on the NFL Draft at the end of the month. Now's the time when a team's "interest" in a player is just as likely to be manufactured as real.
Teams are looking to make other franchises panic, trade away draft picks, and spend way too much on the prospect the original team does not even want.
How do you figure out what is real and what is not? Most of the time, you do not. But, that doesn't mean you should not try. Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar does exactly that this week in his updated 2013 NFL Mock Draft.
At the top of the draft, Kadar does not see a lot of change with the Kansas City Chiefs selecting Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle, Texas A&M, followed by the Jacksonville Jaguars' selection of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and the Oakland Raiders' pick of Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.
Things start changing for Kadar at the fourth slot, with the Philadelphia Eagles selecting Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher. Previously, he had them selecting Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.
The fifth pick changed as well, with the Detroit Lions moving from Fisher to defensive end Ezekiel Ansah from BYU.
However, with changes all throughout the rest of the top 10 picks, including the Buffalo Bills grabbing the first wide receiver, Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson with the eighth pick, Kadar keeps the Miami Dolphins static in their pick.
|12. Miami Dolphins
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
The Dolphins have done a lot in free agency, and could be positioning themselves for a trade down (or up if they really want a certain player). With the best offensive linemen gone, getting another weapon for Ryan Tannehill would be a wise move. Wide receiver signing Mike Wallace won't do a lot for Miami in the red zone, so Eifert could be the perfect security blanket.
Do you agree with Kadar? Or will the team do what many other mock drafts seem to think they will do and grab a cornerback at this spot? Let us know in the comments below, and check out Kadar's full 2013 NFL Mock Draft.