It's always fun to look back at specific draft classes to see what impact they are having as a collective group. The 2014 NFL Draft class has produced several impact players, including a few that would be in the discussion as top-five players in the entire league. So, what would happen if we put all of these players in a draft tomorrow? Who would be the first pick? I posed this question to five personnel executives. Here are their answers.
Executive 1:Raiders QB Derek Carr
"I'd rank them like this: Carr, (Aaron) Donald and then (Khalil) Mack. You can't go wrong with any of the three but I'd lean toward the quarterback."
Executive 2:Rams DT Aaron Donald
"Donald would be my first choice overall. He is the most consistently dominating player at his position in the NFL."
Executive 5:Raiders DE Khalil Mack
"You can't go wrong with several of these guys, but I think Mack is the best football player from the 2014 class. I'd pick him."
Summary: That's three votes for Carr and one apiece for Donald and Mack.
Conclusion: I can't say that I'm surprised with the voting. Mack and Donald have been dominant from the time they hit the NFL field, and Carr has quickly emerged as a top-five quarterback as well as an MVP candidate. This league values quarterbacks and players that can affect the quarterback on the other side of the ball. Personally, I think Donald is the best football player in this class, but I would select Carr first because of the importance of the quarterback position. It will be fun to watch this class continue to develop.