It's that time of year, when hope springs eternal in the National Football League.
Fans of all 32 NFL teams, from the reigning Super Bowl champs to the team with the first pick in last month's NFL draft, are brimming with optimism that this will be the year—that a successful season is just over the horizon.
However, for some of those teams the harsh reality is that this isn't going to be "their" year. There are just too many holes on the roster, too many areas in which the team needs to improve.
In fact, some of those teams stand a better chance of being in the race for the top pick in the 2014 NFL draft then of making any sort of real run at a playoff spot.
With that in mind, here's a look at the leading contenders for the right to choose South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater next year.