Like the swallows of Capistrano or spawning salmon returning to the rivers of their birth, hardcore football fans are instinctively drawn to mock drafts - even ones written before the season has even begun.

Obviously there are going to be changes over the next nine months but after a few preseason games, you've already identified positions of concern for your favorite NFL team. And has spent the summer identifying the top prospects per position in college football.

So, take this preseason mock draft as it is intended - a fun peek ahead to next year's rookie stars and the NFL clubs they may soon be playing for.

*The selection order for this mock draft is based on the projected outcome of the 2014 NFL season by the staff. The Cleveland Browns own the rights to the Buffalo Bills' selection due to the Sammy Watkins trade.

1. Oakland Raiders - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: If the Raiders finish dead last as projected, owner Mark Davis is likely to clean house, beginning with general manager Reggie McKenzie and including head coach Dennis Allen and veteran quarterback Matt Schaub, whose contract isn't guaranteed past this season. Rookie Derek Carr has flashed and deserves more of an opportunity but through the first few preseason games he's shown the happy feet and vulnerability to big shots that plagued him at Fresno State. The Raiders may be more willing than most franchises to overlook Winston's off-field concerns and could fall in love with his size, arm and big game moxie.