The 2014 NFL draft class is shaping up to be a much stronger and much more star-studded group than the rather weak and much-criticized 2013 draft class.
Though big-name prospects such as Marcus Mariota, Teddy Bridgewater and Jadeveon Clowney have been the headline-makers who have received the bulk of the attention and publicity so far this season, there are plenty of other talented prospects who are worthy of praise as well.
Now that we’ve reached the midpoint of the NFL regular season, there’s enough of a sample size to get a good feel for what each teams’ main weaknesses are and which areas they’ll likely need to address early in the 2014 draft. Also, the draft order has started to at least take some some semblance of shape, as the true contenders have begun to separate themselves from the pretenders.
Admittedly, a lot is bound to change between now and May 8 of next year. But at this point, here’s a look at my current projections for all 32 first-round picks, along with updated prospect rankings for each individual position.