Once the Super Bowl is over, it can only mean one thing—up next, the NFL draft!
Now that we finally have a full picture of this year's draft order, the buzz around the wildly popular event can really start whipping itself into a frenzy.
Who will go No. 1? Will there be any major trades to shake up the draft order? Who will end up with the sleepers in this draft?
Let's take a look at the updated NFL draft order, along with taking an overall look at this year's draft.
|2014 NFL Draft Order|
|2||St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins)|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|12||New York Giants|
|13||St. Louis Rams|
|16||Baltimore Ravens or Dallas Cowboys*|
|17||Baltimore Ravens or Dallas Cowboys*|
|18||New York Jets|
|21||Green Bay Packers|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs|
|25||San Diego Chargers|
|26||Cleveland Browns (via Indianapolis Colts)|
|27||New Orleans Saints|
|29||New England Patriots|
|30||San Francisco 49ers|
|*To be determined by coin flip|
It's very, very possible that four quarterbacks (Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Derek Carr) could be off the board within the first five picks. Five teams in the first eight picks (the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings) could all target the position.
And the St. Louis Rams, sitting at No. 2, could once again sell of their selection to a team desperate to add a player at the position. If the quarterback the Browns want is available at No. 2, would it really be shocking if they flipped the No. 4 and No. 26 pick to the Rams to get ahead of the Jags?
Of course not. How teams ultimately judge the top four quarterbacks will shape this entire draft. And where Johnny Football is drafted will be one of the biggest storylines between now and April. Let's be honest—we all want to see how Manziel's talent translates on the NFL level.
Love him or hate him, he sure is compelling.
That being said, some of the biggest playmakers in this draft may be on the defensive side of the ball. Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack and Anthony Barr are pass-rushers with top-10 talent. Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is a top-15 talent. Ditto for Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.
And don't expect cornerbacks like Darqueze Dennard or Justin Gilbert to make it out of the top 25.
Offensive tackles will once again come off the board rather quickly. Either Jake Matthews or Greg Robinson could go as high as No. 2 in this draft, while Taylor Lewan and Cyrus Kouandjio look like first-round locks.
For teams needing help at wide receiver or tight end, this is quite the promising draft class. Clemson's Sammy Watkins is the best of the wideout bunch and should be a top-10 selection, while Mike Evans and Marqise Lee are guaranteed first-rounders. Odell Beckham Jr., Kelvin Benjamin and Allen Robinson could also be selected in the first 32 picks.
And tight end—at least at the top of the class—is loaded. North Carolina's Eric Ebron could be a top-10 pick, while Jace Amaro should go in the first round. Austin Seferian-Jenkins could also sneak into Round 1.
This is a stronger draft at the top than last year's draft, and with all of the possible trade scenarios in play—it's hard to imagine teams like St. Louis or Cleveland staying put.
Now all we have to do is wait.
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