What often goes unnoticed during the NFL draft is the impact the draft has on free agency. Players who are looking for teams more than likely see their outlooks change during the draft based on what teams chose what players.
While some free agents' outlooks become clearer, others become more bleak. Here are the free agents who suffered the most from the first-round picks.
Andre Smith, Tackle
The Bengals have made re-signing Andre Smith a priority and had hoped to do so prior to the draft.
However, Smith may have been holding out on re-signing to see if greener pastures were available.
Well, with three offensive tackles being taken in the top five on Thursday night, Smith's options grew significantly slimmer.
Smith also probably lost bargaining power with the Bengals. He probably will end up losing money because of the delay in re-signing.
Quentin Jammer, Cornerback
Four cornerbacks were taken in the first round. That means four teams in desperate need of a bolstered secondary passed on Jammer, an 11-year veteran, and instead went with a rookie.
However, Jammer's primary interest as of late, the Washington Redskins, didn't draft in the first round and are reportedly trying to sign the former Charger.
With four teams picking up corners in the first round, and five more projected to go in the second round according to USA Today, Jammer's options in free agency are seemingly dwindling by the day.
Eric Winston, Tackle
Winston is facing similar problems that Andre Smith is. With so many tackles being taken so early in the draft, Winston's prospects for getting signed by a team that has a big need for a tackle just went down significantly.
After only one year in Kansas City, the Chiefs released Winston in early March.
On April 9, Winston was quoted as saying that free agency is "frustrating." The Dallas Cowboys had shown interest in Winston, but now it appears that Jerry Jones and company are leaning in another direction.
With the Cowboys off the table and so many quality tackles being taken in the first round, Winston may be on the market much longer than anticipated.
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