Even as the last names still echo from the NFL'S 2014 Draft, fans who are disappointed, anxious or just curious are already looking forward to which players will get those warm hugs from Commissioner Roger Goodell upon being selected next year.
And, thanks to NFLDraftScout.com's constant vigil watching prospects as soon as they enter college, there is the ability to at least pretend we know next year's top 100 candidates -- right here, right now.
Of course it is almost as preposterous to really know such things as it is to do mock drafts, but due to an overwhelming appetite for all things draft, the beat goes on 24/7/365.
Peering into the NFLDrafScout.com crystal ball with analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler, it appears that the 2015 draft will be even more exciting than the recently completed 2014 version. Or, at least, we can guarantee it will seem more exciting by the time we get there.
It must be pointed out that from this distant view on the calendar, nobody really knows (among other things), what underclassmen will join the draft. So that becomes part of the guessing game.
If Heisman Trophy winning Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston goes back on his word to stay in college two more years, and also manages to stay out of trouble, he will be at the center of what could be a vibrant quarterback controversy.
Now there's something new.
Winston certainly has the ability to be a great NFL passer, but Oregon's Marcus Mariota is being touted as the second, larger, coming of Johnny Manziel.
Early rankings by NFLDraftScout.com, which includes 42 underclassmen, shows the usual favorite positions among the top 100 -- 15 wide receivers, 13 cornerbacks, 12 defensive ends and nine offensive tackles.
If this list is truly a harbinger of the next draft, there may be a return to popularity of running backs, that formerly important position that failed to have one player in the first round for the last two drafts.
There are nine listed among this top 100, led Georgia's Todd Gurley. He is one of four running back prospects who appear to be possible first round candidates.
But first there is that one detail -- the 2014 season.
Below are the 100 players to watch:
Overall, Position Rank, Player, Position, Height, Weight, Class, College
1/1. Marcus Mariota, QB, 6-foot-4, 212 pounds, rJr, Oregon
--For college football fans who want their Johnny Manziel fix this season, tune in on Mariota, a full-sized version of J. Football. The most exciting dual threat quarterback in the country must become more consistent. But don't we all?
2/2. Jameis Winston, QB, 6-3, 228, rSo, Florida State
--Talented with issues. Some would put the Heisman winner first. Although he stated he plans to play two more seasons, he should consider himself fortunate to get through another great college year without getting into more trouble off the field. If he can do both those things, NFL teams will clamor for Winston.
3/1. Leonard Williams, DE, 6-4, 290, Jr, Southern Cal
--As subtle as punch in the mouth. The top candidate for the most dominant defensive lineman in the Pac-12, if not the country.
4/1. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, 6-5, 300, rSr, Texas A&M
--Could be better than former first round teammates Luke Joeckel or Jake Matthews, which is saying a lot. He is expected to become A&M's third top-10 lineman in the draft in three years.
5/2. Brandon Scherff, OT, 6-5, 315, rSr, Iowa
--Never confused with Mr. Nice Guy, Scherf is a heavyweight fighter who will make Hawkeye fans forget their last unanimous All-American tackle, Robert Gallery. Who? Well, see, you forgot.
6/1. Shilique Calhoun, DE, 6-4, 250, rJr, Michigan State