The 2014 NFL draft season—or perhaps more accurately, mock draft season—is well underway.
Many of the rumors and projections flying around will prove inaccurate come May, but the process of making those projections is similar to what NFL teams are also doing: trying to determine which players are the best fits for each team’s rosters and schemes.
From the first overall pick to No. 256, the draft is all about finding those fits. When a team is on the clock, making its draft choice isn’t simply about picking the highest-ranked player on the board but is about selecting the player who most closely embodies what that team is looking to add to its personnel.
This is even true with the draft’s biggest names—players who are potential top-10 selections.
While dynamic triple-threat Sammy Watkins might be the missing piece in one offense, another team might see more benefit in adding skyscraper target Mike Evans to its stable of wide receivers.
While one team might see Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and his terrific footwork as the perfect fit to lead its offensive line, another might believe Auburn’s Greg Robinson and his ability to overpower is the key to dominating up front.
In the following slides, we take a look at 10 of the prospects in this year’s draft class who have been generating the most February buzz, and at which teams would be their most natural landing spots.