Though there are still more than three months remaining until the 2014 NFL draft, the last opportunity to watch top prospects play in a live, fully padded football game came and went on Saturday at the annual Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
For as much talk as there will be throughout February, March and April going into May about the draft stock of top prospects, none of that will have to do with anything about a football game that has not already been played.
That doesn’t mean the work leading up to the NFL draft, for players or teams, is close to being done. Prospects must prepare to impress teams in predraft workouts and in interviews, while teams will continue to study the tape of as many prospects as possible to determine which players could bring the most value to their teams.
Still, all the events still to come that could cause draft projections to fluctuate should be considered secondary to what the players have already shown in game action. As a result, it is possible to determine a player’s approximate draft value, even though much is sure to change from now until the draft on May 8-10.
Notes: The official order of the No. 16-17 overall selections will be determined by a coin flip at the NFL Scouting Combine. The winner of the Super Bowl will hold the No. 32 overall pick, while the loser will have the No. 31 overall selection.
Compensatory picks have not yet been announced by the league and are not included here.