It really takes about three years to accurately evaluate a draft class, but with a year's worth of time to review the performance and potential of the top players in the 2014 draft, I thought it would be fun to reshuffle the deck and see how picks might have unfolded with the benefit of hindsight.
1. Houston Texans
Pick:Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DE
Do-over:Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, QB
It's likely the Texans would've made the postseason had Bill O'Brien selected Bridgewater in the original draft. The ex-Louisville standout is polished pocket passer with all of the intangibles needed to develop into an elite player at the position.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick:Mike Evans, Texas A&M, WR
The big-bodied pass catcher is already developing into one of the NFL's premier WR1's. He posted a 1,000-yard season as a first-year starter; he could improve upon those numbers when the Buccaneers secure a legitimate franchise quarterback.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick:Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, LB
Do-over:C.J. Mosley, Alabama, LB
Mike Tomlin loves productive players with grit, toughness and menacing demeanors. Mosley not only fits the bill, but he would team with Lawrence Timmons to give the Steelers a dominant 1-2 punch on the interior.
20. New Orleans Saints
Pick:Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, WR
Do-over:Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, CB
The Saints' defensive woes hinge on the ineffective play of their corners outside of Keenan Lewis. Dennard fits Rob Ryan's aggressive scheme as a sticky "bump-and-run" corner with quick feet and strong hands.
27. Arizona Cardinals
Pick:Deone Bucannon, Washington State, S
Do-over:Carlos Hyde, Ohio State, RB
The loss of Andre Ellington to an injury robbed the Cardinals of the balance needed to compete against the top defenses in the NFC West. Hyde would've given the Cardinals a physical runner to lean on in Ellington's absence.