The goal of every NFL franchise is to build through the draft. Savvy teams, however, use veteran free agency to fill obvious needs. What have the millions spent in free agency thus far told us of teams' plans for May? Plenty.
Jadeveon Clowney's pair of sub-4.50 second sprints at the combine will generate most of the buzz but don't overlook Aaron Donald's stellar workout, which could spark a jump into the top 10 of the 2014 NFL Draft.
There were plenty of fireworks to be seen in the Redskins' 45-41 victory over the Chicago Bears, but no one was more explosive than the rookie from Florida, who led the game with nine catches for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Chicago is banking on an immediate impact from their first- and second-round draft picks (OL Kyle Long and LB Jon Bostic), but an aggressive new offense and the need for a playmaker opposite Brandon Marshall could lead to a surprising role for seventh-round pick Marquess Wilson.
Could a provision in the collective bargaining agreement which gives clubs the option of adding a fifth year to rookie deals spark draft-day trades and push the value of quarterbacks? Some in the league think so.