2013 NFL Free Agents: How Upcoming Draft Affects Top Players on the Market

Matt MetzlerContributor IIIApril 22, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 30:   Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants carries the ball and avoids  Cullen Jenkins #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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What may go overlooked in the anticipation of the NFL draft are the free agents who still remain without a team.

It is certainly a situation not overlooked by the players themselves, of course.

Free agents can only sit back and watch, with really no say in the matter on which teams choose them.

But you can be sure they care and you can be sure they care a lot. No free agent wants to see a team draft a guy in an early round that could fill a void that he was intent on filling.

Let's take a look at which of the top players remaining on the free agent market will be affected by the 2013 NFL draft.


Ahmad Bradshaw

Ahmad Bradshaw has been connected to the Pittsburgh Steelers and has met with them a couple times.

Some observers, though, see the Steelers addressing the running back position in the first round. Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com, for example, has the Steelers selecting Eddie Lacy with their second-round pick, the 48th selection overall. If this were the case, Bradshaw would probably drop off the radar as a member of the Steelers' backfield, which already has Jonathan Dwyer.

Dwyer is the same type of player Bradshaw is—Bradshaw stands at 5'10", 214 pounds while Dwyer checks in at 5'11" and 229 pounds—and the addition of Lacy would bring the versatility the Steelers are looking for.


Charles Woodson

Per NFL.com's Marc Sessler, the San Fransisco 49ers still have safety Charles Woodson on their radar. The question for the 49ers' front office is whether or not they want to go with young and fresh or older and experienced to play safety.

A number of mock drafts have the Niners selected a safety with first-round pick (No. 31 overall). Rob Rang of CBSSports.com has the 49ers selecting Jonathan Cyprien out of Florida International.

The 36-year-old Woodson is coming off a season in which he broke his collarbone and missed six games. His health and age may affect his mobility, a crucial aspect for playing the safety position.

The 49ers are missing a free safety to pair with strong safety Donte Whitner, so if they don't draft one, don't be shocked to see them sign Woodson shortly after the draft.


Karlos Dansby

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Karlos Dansby will be visiting the Buffalo Bills today and Tuesday.

For Dansby, if the Bills are the landing spot, he shouldn't be too worried about whom the Bills take with their first-round pick at No. 8 overall, as almost every mock draft has them taking an offensive player.

Dansby is an impact player who would step in right away and start regardless whether the Bills drafted any linebackers after Round 1.

Dansby had 101 total tackles last season playing for the Miami Dolphins.