Free-Agency Signings That Will Affect the 2013 NFL Draft

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Free-Agency Signings That Will Affect the 2013 NFL Draft
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For this slideshow, some of the most critical free-agent signings in regard to how they impact the 2013 NFL draft have been highlighted and discussed. 

Obviously, teams are likely to tweak their draft strategies based on their activity in the free-agent market. Signing big-contract players with youth on their side tend to have the greatest impact on how teams prepare for the draft.

Conversely, guys like Wes Welker or Steven Jackson may be huge free-agent signings for their new franchises, but given their age and the dollar amount in their deals, they become prime examples of signings that probably won't affect those teams' draft strategies too significantly.

If the Falcons wanted a running back in the draft before they signed Jackson, I would assume little has changed after signing him. The same goes for the Broncos and Welker. 

So with that in mind, it's time to find out what type of effect these signings have had on the upcoming draft.

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