2014 NFL Draft: Previewing This Year's Franchise Cornerstones

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2014 NFL Draft: Previewing This Year's Franchise Cornerstones
Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports
Jadeveon Clowney is one of the 2014 NFL Draft's star prospects.

Finding a franchise player should be a common goal for every team who makes a selection in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8.

Regardless of each team’s draft position or positional needs, each team should make its first-round pick with the expectation that the player it selects will be a key piece on its roster for many years to come.

The emphasis on potential franchise players going into each NFL draft typically focuses on quarterbacks and the teams who need them.

There are multiple quarterbacks in this year’s draft with the potential to be the stars certain NFL franchises need, but other teams might be looking to land the next Calvin Johnson, J.J. Watt or Joe Thomas.

The following eight draft-eligible prospects have been standouts at the collegiate level and have skill sets that should translate to NFL success. If their games continue along their current developmental tracks, each of these eight players could be among the league's best players at their respective positions.

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