The 2013 NFL draft will feature the debuts of seven new general managers around the NFL, in addition to eight new head coaches lending their opinion on which players they would like to draft. With all of these new additions, it will difficult to predict the draft tendencies of some teams.
Salary cap management issues have forced a number of teams to release starters that they couldn't afford to carry any longer. Those type of transactions has created gaping holes in depth charts around the league, which tests the nerve of general managers faced with drafting the best available player or drafting for need.
NFL Network's draft analyst Mike Mayock held a two-hour conference call this week answering questions from beat reporters around the league. Two statements from Mayock were worth repeating for this presentation:
The best general managers have a plan, and they stick to that plan. The more often you reach, the more often you dilute your roster. Amen.
Today we will review the draft tendencies for all 32 teams around the league and, if the team in question has somebody new in charge, look at how they were influenced by their prior employers.
We will also look at some recent results over the past few drafts to see if any kind of trend has been developing that is worth noting. What can we expect in 2013?
According to this report from NFL.com, in the 2012 NFL draft, out of the grand total of 221 draft picks (excluding the compensatory picks that aren't allowed to be traded), 101 of them wound up being traded. That is a whopping 45.7 percent. Expect the 2013 draft to be somewhat tamer, but not much.