NFL Free Agents 2012: Predicting Where Top Remaining Players Will Sign

Ethan GrantAnalyst IApril 27, 2012

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 4:  Tackle Marcus McNeill #73 of the San Diego Chargers blocks against the San Francisco 49ers on September 4, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.   The Chrgers won 26-7.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Although the 2012 NFL Draft is in full swing, teams still have the function of scoping the free agent pool for players to help fill their roster. While they likely won't do so until after the draft concludes Saturday night, the rest of the free agents will go in a fast and furious nature from there on.

Former Saint Shaun Rogers signed with the New York Giants yesterday, taking another potential name off the list and giving a little bit more clarity to who is still available. There are a slew of good role players still out there, and here is a glimpse at where they could sign post-draft.


WR Plaxico Burress

The former New York Jets and New York Giants receiver is still one of the top deep threats in the league. His first year since his prison sentence was an adjustment, but he still finished with over 600 yards and eight touchdowns.

Prediction: He stays with the Jets. They likely won't be able to find an elite receiver in the rest of the draft, and with a better running game (Tim Tebow) and his acclimation back to the pros, he has a much better season.


OT Marcus McNeill

The former standout San Diego Charger isn't likely to return to his old squad. He's more likely to end the relationship, and that could mean good things for the rest of the AFC. The Lions and Eagles have expressed interest in him, and both would give him the opportunity to start right away.

Prediction: He goes to the Philadelphia Eagles. If his neck injury is healed, he'll upgrade their offensive unit and be on a team expected to make the playoffs right away.


S O.J. Atogwe

After signing a lucrative contract with the Washington Redskins in the 2011 offseason, he was released in early 2012, likely a casualty of the cap space dilemma that the 'Skins find themselves in every year.

But he's back on the market, and only 30 years old, so he could still have a chance to be a contributor on a good team.

Prediction: He moves on to the Detroit Lions. He's a self-professed "big fan of the team," and he would walk into a situation with a great offense and a team looking to assert themselves as a playoff contender for years to come.