Free Agent Signings to Shake Up NFL Draft

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IMarch 6, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14: Anquan Boldin #81 of the Arizona Cardinals stands on the sideline prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

By landing Anquan Boldin, whose fantasy value probably stays about the same given the upgrade from Matt Leinart to Joe Flacco, Baltimore is unlikely to take a WR in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Because Boldin had such a brilliant rookie season in 2003, he seems to be older than he actually is. He’ll be 30 this year, and has plenty left in the tank. He can challenge Ray Lewis as the tougher player on the team.

The Falcons won’t be looking at cornerback early in the draft after signing Dunta Robinson to a long-term deal. They are more likely to turn their attention to acquiring a speed rusher.

I know Bill Parcels loves drafting linebackers, but the likelihood that he goes a different direction in the first round, perhaps DT Dan Williams, increases with the signing of ILB Karlos Dansby. He is a gifted player with a knack for making big plays. The AFC East, minus Buffalo, is shaping up to be an ultra-competitive division.

The G-Men could be looking at DT Brian Price or a speed rushing DE now that they hired the services of safety Antrel Rolle. Safety was a glaring need, and now that they addressed it, they will likely bolster their front four.

Originally published at LestersLegends.com .

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