Every team should go into the 2014 NFL draft with an idea of what the best-case and worst-case scenarios could be for each of their picks.
The best-case scenarios might be easier to determine for teams like the Houston Texans, who can select any player they want with the No. 1 overall pick, or the Seattle Seahawks, who hold the last pick of the first round but have few needs with arguably the NFL’s most complete roster.
For teams picking in the middle of Round 1—those with more pressing needs to fill and a possible wide range of options depending on what prospects teams picking of them take—determining best-case scenarios might be more optimistic than they are realistic.
With nearly three months remaining until this year’s draft, even NFL teams have at best a limited idea as to how this year’s selection meeting will play out. Nonetheless, it’s possible to play out scenarios in which every team with a first-round pick is in position to pick a first-round-worthy talent, one who should make the team drafting him better.