With the season at an end and the future of the NFL still up in the air for next year, there is only one real event to look forward to this offseason and that is the Draft. Franchises will make or break their futures based on the choices of this one day, find pieces to the championship puzzle or simply push that image further out of focus.
The headlines going in are clear:
Who will be the first quarterback drafted out of a group smattered with big name prospects?
Where will the likes of Carolina, Denver, and Buffalo go when they each have so many holes to fill?
How will the teams like the Pats, Steelers, and Falcons respond to make another run at the Super Bowl and how will the Packers try and get better coming off a championship?
What pieces will the teams on the brink like St. Louis, Houston, Kansas City, and Detroit (yes Detroit) find in the middling rounds to push them over the top?
Only time will tell, but here are my best guesses as to how those questions may be answered in the first round. Here we go...