Like the Pink Floyd lyrics, it just seems wrong to try to predict a team's NFL draft before the free agency period starts or before teams try to get down to the mandated salary cap that starts the league's year, March 12th.
I mean, would most people ride a bicycle before it's assembled? How about eating a Big Mac before it's cooked? And that counting all your eggs thing before they're hatched - that's a classic. (Though a capologist may look at the hen and try to predetermine how many eggs that chicken would lay based on previous performance and how much scratch that could provide.)
Start with the layoffs of Stewart Bradley and William Gay today. Other than cutting some salary and getting rid of dead weight, it also created holes. The Arizona Cardinals are now short one backup ILB and special teamer and one starting cornerback. Does the draft change now in what position the team looks for?
If AZ loses Greg Toler (who is supposedly really hot right now in the open market as a UFA) and Paris Lenon is cut that would leave them with precarious depth. (Not to mention, Rashad Johnson, Micheal Adams are guys on the bubble.)
Would that change the draft landscape if certain consequences happen? Of course. Remember before the Alex Smith trade, the Kansas City Chiefs were expected to draft Geno Smith. Then, it was Luke Joeckel. Now, if they re-sign LT Branden Alberts, they probably would go to the defensive side.
So could the expected first round selection turn from Joeckel, Eric Fisher, Chance Warmack, Lane Johnson etc.. to Dee Milliner or Alec Ogletree if players are lost/released before the draft?
No one seems to know how the first step will affect the other.
After all, it's just another brick in the wall.