NFL Free Agency 2011: 5 Teams That Minimized Free Agency Needs Through Draft

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NFL Free Agency 2011: 5 Teams That Minimized Free Agency Needs Through Draft
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With the lockout gripping the NFL for an indefinite period of time, the 2011 draft took on greater importance for the future of many teams.

No one knows exactly when and how long free agency will happen. And uncertainty breeds panic among many organizations (yes Washington Redskins, I mean you).

It's not a smart move to count on signing free agents during this lockout-shortened offseason. The shrewd move was to address needs as much as possible during the only sure thing in the NFL since the Super Bowl: the draft.

So with the draft behind us, let's take a look at the teams who did the most to minimize their needs in free agency by hitting in the draft. Most of the teams that made the list were the ones who drafted players I think can contribute, if not immediately, then very soon.

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