With one round of the 2014 NFL draft in the books, some of the biggest questions have been answered. But as far as the big picture goes, we're just getting started.
Most of the league's 32 teams now have a first-round pick to build around—some even have two—after Thursday's exciting and unpredictable action at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
With six of the seven rounds yet to come, however, now is when teams truly begin to assemble their rosters heading into free agency and address a plethora of needs across the board.
Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and other top prospects are now off the board, but as Football Perspective noted, there are plenty of notable names still available:
Marqise Lee, Timmy Jernigan, Ra'Shede Hageman, Jace Amaro, Kony Ealy, Louis Nix, Derek Carr some of the top names left.— Football Perspective (@fbgchase) May 9, 2014
Thursday was jam-packed with storylines with just 32 picks. Friday figures to be more of the same, with the list of picks more than doubling with two rounds as well as four teams making compensatory picks at the end of the third.
Let's break it all down.
|8 (40)||Seahawks (from Vikings)|
|24 (56)||49ers (from Chiefs)|
|13 (77)||49ers (from Titans)|
|19 (83)||Eagles (from Steelers)|
|27 (91)||Cardinals (from Saints)|
|32 (96)||Vikings (from Seahawks)|
|33 (97)||Steelers (Compensatory)|
|34 (98)||Packers (Compensatory)|
|35 (99)||Ravens (Compensatory)|
|36 (100)||49ers (Compensatory)|
Tom Savage Will Fall to Saturday
The hype surrounding former Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage has been loud and come on late in the weeks before this weekend's draft, but it won't be enough to supplant any of the proven second-tier quarterbacks.
Savage is one of many quarterbacks whose name may pop up Friday after three quarterbacks—Bridgewater, Manziel and Blake Bortles—were selected in the first round.
His size and body type fit the eye test, as do his delivery and throwing technique.
Even more captivating than his pros are the cons. Other than sparsely earning the starting job at Rutgers as a freshman in 2009, the 24-year-old only comes in with a year of starter's experience.
His accuracy and decision-making have both come into question as well, and he's battled numerous injuries throughout college.
Bleacher Report NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller thinks if Savage's potential is as valuable as many have pegged it to be, some other QBs might deserve more credit:
If developmental upside is as important to QB scouting as we're being told...shouldn't Logan Thomas be a first-rounder with Tom Savage?— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 30, 2014
Savage will be taken somewhere in the middle rounds, but it's not looking to be in Rounds 2 or 3. Derek Carr will be first off the board for any QB-hungry team, followed by Jimmy Garoppolo.
After that, there are three SEC quarterbacks—Zach Mettenberger, A.J. McCarron and Aaron Murray—who all fit the bill of a player who can develop into a potential starter.
Cleveland Will Get Johnny Football 2 New Targets
If the Cleveland Browns' trade up to No. 22 to get Johnny Manziel was any indication, Mike Pettine is looking to build its roster around the former Heisman Trophy winner.
In order to do that, he'll need Josh Gordon and a lot more around the rookie quarterback to give him a fighting chance.
Just like their bold moves Thursday, the Browns won't mess around in addressing that need, as they'll grab a wide receiver with both of their picks on Friday night.
At pick No. 35, Cleveland has had since Thursday night to decide upon its top targets among the group still available. That should allow the Browns to move quickly on their guy—whether it's Marqise Lee or someone else—unless one of the three teams before them takes him.
The Browns don't pick again until No. 71 early in the third round.
But with a plethora of wide receiver talent, they could either trade up or sit back to see which of the wideouts available—perhaps Allen Robinson, Jordan Matthews or Cody Latimer—happens to fall into the third round.
The potential of Manziel getting two new wideouts had Bleacher Report's Ian Kenyon wondering:
Imagine if the Browns came out of today with Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) May 9, 2014
Gordon will give Manziel a Mike Evans-type target, and Johnny Football has a way of making his teammates better.
With this massive step up in competition and most of the league doubting his ability to have his game translate, though, Cleveland will need to put its money where its mouth is and back up its seemingly future franchise quarterback.
Nate Burleson and Greg Little won't get it done for long. The Browns don't need anything more than wideouts, and with Manziel coming to town, that need is increased tenfold.
Titans Will Trade Up to Draft Carlos Hyde
The Tennessee Titans need a running back like nobody's business. Chris Johnson is now a New York Jet and, at best, Shonn Greene can carry 60 or 70 percent of the load—and there's no telling if he'll stay healthy.
There was no doubt coming into this weekend that Ken Whisenhunt was looking at the top of the crop of running backs for a potential impact player in 2014 and beyond.
Entering Friday, having already gotten a left tackle of the future, the Titans will be aggressive in courting the top back in the class—Carlos Hyde.
CBS Sports' Dave Richard sees the correlation between Hyde and the Titans:
I fully expect the Titans to draft at least one RB. Whoever their first RB is will be in high demand. Carlos Hyde a very good fit.— Dave Richard (@daverichard) May 8, 2014
The problem for Tennessee is that it enters Friday with the No. 42 overall pick—the 10th of the second round. There's a decent chance Hyde will fall to the Titans, but with such a big drop-off between Hyde and the next best rusher in the class, they won't mess around.
As told by Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster not taking a quarterback with the 11th pick, the Titans are rolling the dice on Jake Locker in 2014.
Without a stud at running back to give the offense more of an identity and take the attention off Locker, they won't really be giving their quarterback a fair shake.
The Titans are undoubtedly bolstering their offense to protect Locker and reestablish the run game. Now all that's left is the featured rusher.