Who will go No. 1 overall? Who will fall? Which teams will be the big winners of Round 1?
The wait for the answers to all those questions and more will finally be over come Thursday, May 8, when the entire sports world descends upon New York City, the site of the 2014 NFL draft.
The NFL's annual offseason spectacle typically dominates the end-of-April headlines each year, but it was pushed back this year, giving all 32 franchises additional time to finalize their big boards and zero in on the next big thing in their respective city.
With Round 1 on the horizon, we'll get you geared up with a breakdown of the 2014 first-round draft order.
|2014 NFL Draft 1st-Round Order|
|No. 1||Houston Texans (2-14)|
|No. 2*||St. Louis Rams (from Washington (3-13))|
|No. 3||Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12)|
|No. 4||Cleveland Browns (4-12)|
|No. 5||Oakland Raiders (4-12)|
|No. 6||Atlanta Falcons (4-12)|
|No. 7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)|
|No. 8||Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1)|
|No. 9||Buffalo Bills (6-10)|
|No. 10||Detroit Lions (7-9)|
|No. 11||Tennessee Titans (7-9)|
|No. 12||New York Giants (7-9)|
|No. 13||St. Louis Rams (7-9)|
|No. 14||Chicago Bears (8-8)|
|No. 15||Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)|
|No. 16||Dallas Cowboys (8-8)|
|No. 17||Baltimore Ravens (8-8)|
|No. 18||New York Jets (8-8)|
|No. 19||Miami Dolphins (8-8)|
|No. 20||Arizona Cardinals (10-6)|
|No. 21||Green Bay Packers (8-7-1)|
|No. 22||Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)|
|No. 23||Kansas City Chiefs (11-5)|
|No. 24||Cincinnati Bengals (11-5)|
|No. 25||San Diego Chargers (9-7)|
|No. 26*||Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis (11-5))|
|No. 27||New Orleans Saints (11-5)|
|No. 28||Carolina Panthers (12-4)|
|No. 29||New England Patriots (12-4)|
|No. 30||San Francisco 49ers (12-4)|
|No. 31||Denver Broncos (13-3)|
|No. 32||Seattle Seahawks (13-3)|
|*Pick acquired via trade. Order via NFL.com|
Top Round 1 Storylines
What Will Houston Do?
The question everyone is asking ahead of Thursday, May 8's first round is what the Houston Texans will do with the No. 1 overall selection.
It's possible that Houston could trade out of the top spot, but there's also a strong chance the Texans stay put and draft a franchise player. Assuming first-year head coach Bill O'Brien and the front office go that direction, then the question becomes which top prospect will the Texans target?
Houston's biggest need is under center, but seeing as there aren't any can't-miss quarterback prospects out there, there's a possibility that the Texans could go for the best player available, which many believe is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Clowney is a freak athlete and wowed scouts and analysts at his pro day earlier this spring.
In early April, O'Brien discussed the possibility of acquiring Clowney with the top pick, via HoustonTexans.com's Deepi Sidhu: "If we decide to draft this guy, we’re not just going to play him at one position. We may start him off at one position but use him in a lot of different ways. He’s a unique talent but again, that’s if we draft him."
That said, Central Florida's Blake Bortles, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater all have the potential to go No. 1 to Houston given the fact that the Texans are devoid of a franchise signal-caller.
How Will Rams, Browns Fare?
As of now, the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns each possess multiple first-round picks this spring.
St. Louis boasts two picks within the top 13 selections (No. 2 and No. 13), while Cleveland will be on the clock at No. 4 and No. 26 thanks to last September's trade with the Indianapolis Colts.
Both teams finished below .500 and missed the playoffs last season, but the Rams appear much closer to becoming a postseason contender. St. Louis already has a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford and possesses a dynamic pass rush that will be crucial to its chances of survival in the challenging NFC West.
Meanwhile, Cleveland has been arguably the league's most downtrodden franchise in recent years and, like so many other teams drafting toward the top, is in desperate need of a quarterback. Making the right moves will be even more critical with the Browns beginning a new era under first-year head coach Mike Pettine.
With each team looking to take the next step in 2014 and each getting two cracks at Round 1, it will be interesting to see which direction the two teams take and whether the moves pay off down the road.
Where Will the College Superstars Land?
Whether it's a buzzed-about star falling to the end of the round or an under-the-radar talent coming off the board early, the first round promises to feature plenty of surprises.
But what everyone will be wondering before, during and after is where college football's biggest superstars will wind up, specifically Clowney and Manziel, two players who have become larger than life over the past two seasons.
NFL.com Around the League's Marc Sessler highlights some possibilities:
Both are supreme talents with seemingly endless potential. However, each has question marks left to answer. Many have questioned Clowney's work ethic following a disappointing junior season in 2013, and Manziel has inspired little confidence in draft experts thanks to his limited size and troubling off-the-field persona.
There's no way to know for sure how each player's professional career will pan out just yet, but the risk versus reward factor certainly makes them both polarizing figures ahead of Round 1.
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