The NFL is an ever-evolving league built upon parity. In the salary cap era, any team from any market can build a competitive on-field product with smart free-agent acquisitions, sound drafting and effective coaching techniques. That's why the Indianapolis Colts were able to establish themselves as a perennial contender during the Peyton Manning era, while large market teams like the New York Jets floundered in mediocrity.
With the draft a mere 23 days away, there are several teams on the precipice of contending for a Super Bowl championship in 2013. The San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots will be the preseason favorites; however, there are several other teams that are capable or competing with the elite squads of the NFL.
Although the draft can yield impact players at nearly every position, there are certain teams that utilize their rookie prospects earlier than others.
For example, the Cincinnati Bengals were powered to the playoffs in 2011 by A.J. Green and Andy Dalton. The Washington Redskins made the playoffs in 2012 with Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris leading the way. In comparison, the New York Giants have received minimal production from Prince Amukamara and David Wilson in their rookie campaigns.
This offseason, there are several teams that just need a little extra firepower to establish themselves as serious Super Bowl contenders. With a solid draft class, one of the following squads could shock the masses and hoist the Lombardi Trophy next February.