Who Has the Most Influence in the NFL Draft?

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The 49ers may have the most influence in this draft, which is normally wierd for a team with the 31st overall pick. The because of recent trades, compensatory picks and a unique approach to the NFL Draft over the past decade, the 49ers have brought in a amazing amout os picks. They currently have 13 selections in this month’s draft. For a team that won NFC championship a season ago, that’s pretty jaw dropping. Phil Dawson, Nnamdi Asomugha and Glenn Dorsey have already signed with the 49ers this offseason. General manager Trent Baalke also traded for Anquan Boldin and Colt McCoy. The NFC power houses and rivals this year are ready for the long run, prepare for the Seattle vs San Fransisco era.

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This time the term”Dream Team” isn’t being thrown around. I’ll never forget eating at Buffalo Wild Wings with a friend and he was telling the the Eagles were going to make it to the super bowl. I looked at him with a straight face and then busted out laughing. This time the Eagles are the mystery team with the spectacular college coach Chip Kelly behind the wheel. The Eagles are a team to watch next week for a few reasons. One, because of all activity they’ve already made this offseason and two, because of the nationwide curiosity about the direction they’re heading in. It’s all about Kelly. The defensive backfield had an extreme makeover in March, with all four starting positions being changed. New players Kenny Phillips, Cary Williams, Patrick Chung and Bradley Fletcher will all likely start come Week 1. So, where does Chip Kelly go in the first round at No. 4?

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The “third” team in the NFC West, the Saint Louis Ram, signed a long-term deal with amazing tight end Jared Cook and got Jake Long at a decent price. If both players are healthy, they’ll serve as immediate upgrades to the offense. In the Draft, however, is where the Rams have the influence. Due to the Robert Griffin III trade a season ago, St. Louis owns Washington’s first round pick (No. 22) in addition to their own (No. 16) this year. The one thing I don’t get about this team though is the fact that they have great players and a great coach but they just can’t seem to be great. Hopefully this draft will fix that.

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The Vikings have two picks in the first round and four picks in the first three. They’ve got the 23rd pick, courtesy of the Percy Harvin trade, and then the 25th just two picks later. In other years, that wouldn’t be such a big deal. In this year, it’s two very valuable picks. The 2013 NFL Draft isn’t as top-heavy as years prior. The Vikings are pretty good at making Draft picks, we’ll see if this continues this year.

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