Adding Mike Wallace almost guarantees the Dolphins wont select a wide receiver. - Joe Sargent
The best laid mock often gets blown out of the water by free agency. What happened Monday afternoon that changes the Panthers' plans?
As the league prepared for free agency, the Kansas City Chiefs executed a trade for Alex Smith that threw off the top of the draft. No longer are they considered players for Geno Smith, which had a domino effect throughout the top of the first round. Now that teams have had 24 hrs to sign players, there are some changes to what would happen in April.
When the bulk of free agency is over we'll get a better sense of where teams will look, and have a full mock draft. Most teams would prefer to build through the draft, and patch through free agency -- but when these patches fall though, suddenly teams need to draft for need.
Need a cornerback
Chip Kelly's team are parting ways with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Nnamdi Asomugha. There's no team in the top-ten who need cornerback help more than the Eagles, and there's a chance the team could now look to Dee Milliner.
It's still most likely they'll look for offensive line help, but keep and eye on the Eagles to have an 11th hour change of heart.
Looking towards skill positions
The Lions had no business being as bad as they were in 2012. Still an extremely talented team, they're looking to free agency to patch their defense. Detroit signed cornerback DeAngelo Hall, but were inexplicably rebuffed by Domenik Hixon.
Now there are reports the Lions are meeting with Cordarrelle Patterson, perhaps indicating they'll keep working through free agency to fix the defense and instead look to the draft to (hopefully) make their already elite offense, even better.
Pass rushers? Not so fast
The Browns had room to play in free agency, but they splashed their money around liberally on day one. In signing Paul Kruger to a long-term deal, and adding Desmond Bryant -- the organization seem intent on giving Ray Horton the tools he needs.
When it comes to the draft, perhaps Rob Chudzinski will look to add another offensive threat. It seems in-step with his sensibilities to get one of the draft's top receivers, and now they have their defense solidified it seem extremely unlikely they'll take a pass rusher.
The phone call that broke a quarterback
It's impossible to know whether the Bills intended to release Ryan Fitzpatrick prior to the phone tap that resulted in GM Buddy Nix divulging his frustration with his quarterback, but now QB is a bigger need than ever.
Unless Geno Smith falls to them, it's here where the Bills need to decide whether they'll play Russian roulette and hope Ryan Nassib is available in the second round, or choose to get labeled as 'overdrafting'. That's a term pundits can use, but if a team needs and believes in a QB -- then there's no such thing as 'reaching'. You take the player, and don't look back.
If they look for a QB, it opens up the WR positions -- where most thought the team would go.
It all depends on Darrelle Revis
Most expect Revis to be traded prior to the draft, which would completely throw off the Jets' draft plans. Immediately cornerback becomes a need, opening up some room for pass rushers.
10. Tennessee Titans
Offensive line no longer a priority
It's been easy to mock Chance Warmack to the Titans for a while now, but in signing Andy Levitre it throws things off.
Immediately their secondary becomes the primary concern, and it's possible a safety winds up in Tennessee with the 10th overall pick. This would likely mean Kenny Vaccaro, or if they want a corner, Xavier Rhodes.
12. Miami Dolphins
Can you spare a dime?
The Dolphins have gone on a spending spree, making their draft situation almost impossible to predict. One thing is certain, however, they don't need a wide receiver.
In re-signing Brian Hartline, and adding Mike Wallace -- Miami have elected to roll the dice on spending, rather than the draft. If the Panthers are as interested in a WR as they look, this is the perfect opportunity for them to capitalize.