Though my mind would be clearer if the NFL would stop teasing us and just release the 2014 schedule already, I stayed focused long enough to put together the latest CSNbaltimore 2014 mock draft. Click on through to see how the first two rounds of version 9.0 unfold at this point in the process, but first...
Once the various skill players land on NFL teams, the thoughts of many will immediately start spinning forward to the 2014 fantasy football season. While we must wait until the draft takes place to know who will go where, we can right now project the best landing spots for incoming quarterbacks, running backs and wide receiver.
1) Cleveland Browns - Josh Gordon turned into a top-5 wide receiver last season. Jordan Cameron emerged as a prominent and touchdown-scoring tight end. The offensive line is more than solid. The only competition at QB is Brian Hoyer.
2) Houston Texans - Considering their defense plus the scoring weapons Arian Foster and Andre Johnson, the Texans could quickly return to the playoff chase after a down 2013. Combination of Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins could be worth 16-20 touchdown passes while the combination of QBs Case Keenum and Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't a daunting pair.
3) Minnesota Vikings -Let's start with that Adrian Peterson guy. His presence means at least one safety moving toward the line and away from potential downfield throws to Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph. Downside comes with Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder around as fallback options.
*As for the players, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles remain atop prospects chart, but the remaining order is starting to lose any semblance of consensus. Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, Tom Savage, A.J. McCarron and Zach Mettenberger could all hear their names called by the second round.
1) Atlanta Falcons - Steven Jackson had a brutal first season with the Falcons. Jacquizz Rodgers isn't more than a complimentary piece. Yet the offense scores tons with Matt Ryan and the passing game.
2) Arizona Cardinals - Andre Ellington became one of the surprise rookies last season, but that doesn't mean he's an every down back. Add a bigger runner to the mix and that player becomes the goal-line back.
3) Tennessee Titians - Chris Johnson is officially gone, leaving Shonn Greene as the lead runner with Dexter McCluster lurking as a WR/RB hybrid. Jets fans will tell you Greene isn't all that and let's see a team productively use McCluster before we believe 100 percent.
*The real questions at RB: Who will be the first one selected (Carlos Hyde? Bishop Sankey? Jeremy Hill?) and will there even be a RB selected in the first two rounds?
1) Philadelphia Eagles - DeSean Jackson's exit leaves a No. 1 target void in the passing game. Factor in Nick Foles' breakout season plus the high-scoring offense and this unnamed rookie has fantasy sleeper hype already.
2) Denver Broncos - Many a receiver found the end zone with that Peyton Manning fella throwing their way. Eric Decker, who went for 87-1288-11 last season, is now a Jet and Wes Welker will soon turn 33.
3) Seattle Seahawks- Will the oft-injured Percy Harvin remain on the field? Will Doug Baldwin step up into Golden Tate's role? The better bet is that Russell Wilson keeps improving which should mean more passes.
*This latest mock has 12 wide receivers gone in the first two rounds.
*As for tight end, only North Carolina's Eric Ebron likely goes in the first round, though 2-3 are in the second round mix.
Do you agree with the teams listed? Any scenarios overlooked? Let us know in the comments section or hit me up on Twitter @benstandig
Ben Standig won the 2012 The Huddle Report mock draft contest and ranks third overall the past five years.