The 2013 NFL draft is just weeks away, and with the combine upon us, teams are beginning to zero in on potential franchise cornerstones by identifying which players they believe are deserving first-rounders.
As always, the quality of the talent pool plays a large role in determining whether a team will be getting good value on its draft position.
Though the number of quality quarterbacks often determines how favorably a draft class is viewed (and last year's was arguably the best ever), this year's crop of prospects is relatively deep, despite its lack of star power under center.
So, heading into the final three days of the combine, here's a look at a handful of teams that will be getting good value with their first-round positions.
Though this draft class isn't deep with players who project to be viable starting quarterbacks, between Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and the rest of the high-end prospects available, one has to figure that there's at least one player who could blossom into a No. 1 quarterback.
At pick No. 7, the Cardinals will likely have their pick of the litter when it comes to quarterbacks, and with the Kevin Kolb experiment looking like a bust already, Arizona will probably have the opportunity to take the draft's first signal-caller.
Getting the chance to pick the best quarterback in the draft after No. 5 doesn't happen every year, so the Cardinals should take advantage.
No, the Rams don't have a top-10 or even a top-15 selection in this year's draft, but that doesn't matter.
Instead, St. Louis has the No. 16 pick, as well as the No. 22 pick it received from the Redskins last year. That will give the Rams the opportunity to address the team's most burning needs and potentially take a player a bit later than they would have otherwise.
The Rams have cornerstone pieces in place, but until they acquire quality offensive linemen to protect former No. 1 pick Sam Bradford, this isn't a playoff-caliber team.
Like the Cardinals, the Bills could be on the lookout for a new quarterback. With the No. 10 pick in the draft, they'll be able to grab at the very least one of the first two available.
After inking Ryan Fitzpatrick to a six-year deal in 2011, the former Harvard star faltered last season, which means that the Bills, and new head coach Doug Marrone, should be searching for a fresh face in the pocket.
Current Draft Order (via ESPN.com)
|9||9||New York Jets|
|19||19||New York Giants|
|22||22||St. Louis (from Washington)|
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