How Early Free Agency Signings Could Affect the 2014 NFL Draft

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How Early Free Agency Signings Could Affect the 2014 NFL Draft
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The NFL-watching world was shocked by the incredible rush of signings in the first 48 hours of free agency. Many of the biggest names and best players were snatched up within hours. More big names, like new Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, hit the market when they were released—then got snatched up too.

Teams' needs in the draft changed almost overnight as a result. With so little time elapsed between free agency's start and its effective finish, and the nearly two-month wait from the finish of free agency until the NFL draft, clubs will have plenty of time to ruminate on who they'll be targeting.

Too much time, as it turns out.

Back in 2013, when the change was being discussed, Sports Illustrated's Peter King quoted an anonymous owner as sarcastically saying his general manager "would just love this...more time to obsess on final decisions he made a month ago."

With free agency dramatically changing the landscape of the NFL's rosters, how will the draft be affected?

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