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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Predictions After the 1st Week of Free Agency

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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Predictions After the 1st Week of Free Agency
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One of the more misunderstood facets of building an NFL team is the role of free agency when it comes to the draft. 

Certainly many different teams and numerous team builders will have a myriad of different thoughts, but the overarching theme is that the two cannot exist without one another.

Fans will want to point to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks as an example of a team built primarily through the draft, but we shouldn't ignore that the Super Bowl runner-up Denver Broncos were built almost entirely through free agency. 

It's almost never one or the other, though; it's both—in unison. Teams that can navigate free agency to find the players they need are then able to draft the players they want. 

Free agency may completely alter the draft for some teams, but it's not necessary that it does. In many ways, teams can use free agency to make sure they're not backed into corners in the draft. In other ways, teams can easily double down on positions turning longtime weaknesses into strengths. 

How could this year's massive free-agency spending spree affect this year's first round? Click ahead!

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