This draft does not have a consensus No. 1 pick, such as Matthew Stafford in 2009. Nor can you narrow down the options to just two players like last year, when Sam Bradford beat out Ndamukong Suh to join the Rams.
If any one player from this year's mock draft network across the media had stood out ahead of the rest, it was Da'Quan Bowers. Bowers had at one stage been described as the safest possible pick in the draft for the Carolina Panthers, but many red flags have emerged.
As of the 13th of April, these flags have dropped him to 13th in Walterfootball.com's Mock draft and a low of 16th in two of NFL.com's five mock drafts, while Todd McShay of ESPN.com has dropped Bowers all the way to 20th.
Bowers' biggest red flags relate to on-the-field aspects of the evaluation process.
According to a report from Steve Wyche of NFL.com, "The medical recheck of Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers...showed signs of potential long-term arthritis and some weakness in his surgically repaired right knee."
If Bowers is not at 100 percent, he could suffer a similar fate to that of Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle. Last year Kindle was projected to go towards the very top of the draft board. Ultimately he fell out of the first round completely and landed in Baltimore with the Ravens.
Reports emanated about Kindle's medical well-being that caused him to fall to 43rd overall. Unfortunately Kindle didn't play a snap in the NFL last season due to an unrelated head trauma, so it's hard to compare the two.
Long-term problems for Bowers aren't his immediate concern, as the other red flag around him is his current level of performance.
Bowers' pro day was disappointing, according to The Charlotte Observer. That report claims that some scouts had him over five seconds in his 40-yard dash time. For the type of player that Bowers is, that is unacceptable. His ability to rush the passer would diminish with speed like that.
Bowers is riding his 15.5 sacks from last season. That, however, was before the arthroscopic knee surgery in January, which has severely reduced his burst. Bowers claims to be 100 percent, but for his sake, he better still be in the process of healing because the finished product right now has two too many red flags to be a top draft pick.