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The positions of importance in the NFL (quarterback, left tackle, pass-rusher) is a staple of the top of the draft. In most top 10s in recent years, it's been these players packed in with the scattered elite talents like Patrick Peterson, Ndamukong Suh and A.J. Green.
Now, however, the top 10 and the rest of the first round will be less about getting the franchise, high impact guys, and more about getting value. No longer are you forced to pay an inside linebacker or center, picked in the top 20, like a starting quarterback or a very good defensive end are paid. Now, because the contracts are more reasonable, taking a center or an inside linebacker in the middle of the first round isn't that farfetched.
Also, taking a player based off of best player available and not reaching for a position will be more prevalent, because spending on a potential two- to three-year backup won't be nearly as costly as in years past.
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