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Slam-Dunk Draft Picks Foreshadowed by Early Free-Agency Moves
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Tavon Austin is an ideal first-round draft choice for the St. Louis Rams following the free-agent departure of slot receiver Danny Amendola.

In an NFL draft year where there is no clear-cut No. 1 overall selection, there are few slam-dunk selections to be had. But nearly two weeks into NFL free agency, as teams have both filled needs by signing players and had new needs emerge from players who have gone to new teams, possible selections for the 2013 NFL draft are starting to gain clarity.

Each of the following five teams has lost a key player this offseason at a specific position and has yet to add that player’s replacement in free agency. As free agency presses on, it appears more and more likely that these teams will have to turn to the draft to fill those needs. Fortunately for them, there are terrific draft choices who could potentially be available to fill their respective major needs.

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