2013 NFL Free Agents: Players Who Lost Most After Round 1

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

Quentin Jammer may have even more trouble finding a team after Thursday's first round.
Quentin Jammer may have even more trouble finding a team after Thursday's first round.Donald Miralle/Getty Images

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. 

Last year with the Kansas City Chiefs, Winston's most notable contribution to the team came when he criticized Chiefs fans for booing when QB Matt Cassel went down with an injury. 

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.