April 23, 2016

While covering the 1956 NFL draft, Langston Hughes wrote, "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."

All right, so maybe Hughes wasn't covering the draft. But he could have been. The Green Bay Packers that year got quarterback Bart Starr in the 17th round. Five titles later, that turned out to be one of the dream picks of all time.

NFL teams need to prepare for all possible scenarios in advance of next week's draft -- from worst-case to best-case. But while it's important to be ready for anything, it's fun to consider what would happen if things broke exactly the way you wanted them to break. Hey, you never know.

With that in mind, here's the dream scenario for each of the NFL's 32 teams in this year's draft, listed in the current order of selection:

1. Los Angeles Rams: Take QB Jared Goff and hope. The Rams' dream scenario is that the people broadcasting the draft don't keep accidentally saying, "St. Louis Rams" all weekend, and the pool of potential season-ticket buyers in the greater Los Angeles area starts to remember that the team now plays there. As for players, this was settled last week when they traded six picks for this one and a couple of late-rounders. The Rams are taking a quarterback, likely Goff, who will need to be Eli Manning or better in order to justify the price. They won't know whether they got a "dream" pick until a few years down the road.

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