Every NFL team must play at least four games of preseason football before getting into the actual regular season.
In this article, we'll predict each NFL team's best offensive player, best defensive player and top rookie for the preseason.
The only catch? None of them can be starters.
Top Rookie: WR Danny Coale
Offensive MVP: QB Kyle Orton
Defensive MVP: LB Bruce Carter
The Cowboys need a slot receiver to step up and Danny Coale's emergence in the preseason will confirm his status as a starter on this team.
Top Rookie: CB Jayron Hosley
Offensive MVP: RB Da'Rel Scott
Defensive MVP: LB Mark Herzlich
The Giants have good depth on defense and should look for good play from their defensive backfield, especially corner Jayron Hosley.
Top Rookie: DE Vinny Curry
Offensive MVP: QB Mike Kafka
Defensive MVP: FS OJ Atogwe
Andy Reid will make sure that quarterback Mike Kafka looks like a franchise signal caller in the preseason so that another team will surrender draft picks for him later.
Top Rookie: LG Josh LeRibeus
Offensive MVP: RB Evan Royster
Defensive MVP: DE Jarvis Jenkins
Washington is happy to have a number of good, young players ready to make an impact in 2012 and beyond. Evan Royster will make waves with great play, but will it translate against first stringers?
Top Rookie: WR Alshon Jeffery
Offensive MVP: RB Kahlil Bell
Defensive MVP: DT Matt Toeaina
Matt Toeaina, who's been in position battles before, needs to have a strong preseason to retain his spot as a starter in Chicago. He'll do just that.
Top Rookie: LB Travis Lewis
Offensive MVP: TE Tony Scheffler
Defensive MVP: CB Alphonso Smith
Behind the obvious players like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, Tony Scheffler is one of the best receiving tight ends in the game. He'll carve up second-string secondaries.
Top Rookie: CB Casey Hayward
Offensive MVP: RB Alex Green
Defensive MVP: LB Erik Walden
A good preseason could help Alex Green get a lot more touches in a wide-open Green Bay offense. He'll dominate lowly competition and could open the season in a timeshare role with James Starks.
Top Rookie: WR Jarius Wright
Offensive MVP: WR Jarius Wright
Defensive MVP: LB Everson Griffen
Jarius Wright will be an impact rookie who should dominate the preseason after tearing apart SEC secondaries at Arkansas. Look for him to win a starting spot.
Top Rookie: FB Bradie Ewing
Offensive MVP: RB Jacquizz Rodgers
Defensive MVP: SS Chris Hope
When Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Julio Jones get finished with their first few reps, look for the Falcons to run the ball with Jacquizz Rodgers behind fullback Bradie Ewing. Both are talented and should show out.
Top Rookie: FS D.J. Campbell
Offensive MVP: OL Bruce Campbell
Defensive MVP: DT Sione Fua
Bruce Campbell, an athletic specimen who is new to the Panthers, will love being a blocker in a scheme that so well utilizes his lateral quickness and agility.
Top Rookie: RB Travaris Cadet
Offensive MVP: QB Chase Daniel
Defensive MVP: DE Martez Wilson
If the Hall of Fame Game was any indication, look for Chase Daniel and Travaris Cadet to tear up the preseason. Martez Wilson looked nice at his new position, too.
Top Rookie: OL Desmond Wynn
Offensive MVP: WR Tiquan Underwood
Defensive MVP: CB E.J. Biggers
E.J. Biggers is one of the more underrated cornerbacks in the league, but a big preseason will get him more recognition and playing time.
Top Rookie: OL Nate Potter
Offensive MVP: QB John Skelton
Defensive MVP: DB Justin Bethel
It's time for John Skelton to step up and win the starting quarterback job. After watching the Hall of Fame Game, it seems as though the players would run through a wall for Skelton and not for Kevin Kolb.
Top Rookie: RB LaMichael James
Offensive MVP: QB Colin Kaepernick
Defensive MVP: DE Cam Johnson
It will be interesting to see the spread-type packages that creative coach Jim Harbaugh runs with Colin Kaepernick and LaMichael James both in the game. They will do well in a wide-open offense.
Top Rookie: LB Bobby Wagner
Offensive MVP: RB Robert Turbin
Defensive MVP: CB Roy Lewis
Former Utah State players Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin look to lead the charge into 2012 for Seattle with a strong preseason.
Top Rookie: WR Brian Quick
Offensive MVP: QB Tom Brandstater
Defensive MVP: CB Trumaine Johnson
Tom Brandstater has the tools to be a very good quarterback in the league. If he puts it together in the 2012 preseason, watch Jeff Fisher's phone light up with interest in the signal caller.
Top Rookie: WR T.J. Graham
Offensive MVP: OL Chris Hairston
Defensive MVP: DE Shawne Merriman
With the pressure off Shawne Merriman, expect this once-feared pass rusher to be a great player again. The defensive end will fit into a rotational package with Mark Anderson and Mario Williams.
Top Rookie: QB Ryan Tannehill
Offensive MVP: RB Daniel Thomas
Defensive MVP: DE Jamaal Westerman
The combination of Ryan Tannehill and Daniel Thomas looks to be the future for the Dolphins. Both these players should have a good preseason playing off one another.
Top Rookie: CB Alfonzo Dennard
Offensive MVP: OL Marcus Cannon
Defensive MVP: LB Bobby Carpenter
Bill Belichick was onto something when he drafted once-star cornerback Alfonzo Dennard in April. We'll see the defensive back in live action during the preseason.
Top Rookie: TE Hayden Smith
Offensive MVP: QB Tim Tebow
Defensive MVP: LB Aaron Maybin
All media hype aside, Tim Tebow is a very good football player who scores points inside the red zone and allows offensive coordinators a lot of flexibility. Look for him to shine in the preseason.
Top Rookie: RB Bernard Pierce
Offensive MVP: WR Tandon Doss
Defensive MVP: LB Dannell Ellerbe
The Ravens have a very talented wide receiver with Tandon Doss and he'll carve out a niche in the 2012 preseason. This pass catcher is as reliable as they come and he makes plays.
Top Rookie: FS George Iloka
Offensive MVP: WR Mohamed Sanu
Defensive MVP: LB Vontaze Burfict
For those keeping score, all three of the players listed here are rookies. I love the play of George Iloka and Mohamed Sanu while I also have faith that Vontaze Burfict can regain his status as a top-notch linebacker. The Bengals have a solid, young core.
Top Rookie: WR Josh Gordon
Offensive MVP: TE Jordan Cameron
Defensive MVP: CB Buster Skrine
Keep an eye on Jordan Cameron, a receiving tight end who used to play basketball at USC. He is a hybrid-type player who could dominate this preseason.
Top Rookie: LB Sean Spence
Offensive MVP: WR Emmanuel Sanders
Defensive MVP: DT Alameda Ta'amu
Emmanuel Sanders just needs an opportunity to break out and he will. After Antonio Brown put up 1,000 yards last year, the Steelers will try to develop Sanders in the same way.
Top Rookie: QB Case Keenum
Offensive MVP: QB Case Keenum
Defensive MVP: SS Shiloh Keo
Maybe I'm crazy, but I like everything about Case Keenum's situation. He gets to play in Houston, where he went to college, and there's no pressure on this former collegiate star. This signal caller could well rip opposing defenses to shreds in the Texans' next four games.
Top Rookie: WR T.Y. Hilton
Offensive MVP: QB Drew Stanton
Defensive MVP: LB Moise Fokou
T.Y. Hilton was one of my favorite players in the 2012 draft class due to his playmaking ability and no-nonsense approach to the game. This wideout should be a very good player in the NFL and it starts this preseason.
Top Rookie: OL Mike Brewster
Offensive MVP: QB Chad Henne
Defensive MVP: CB Ashton Youboty
By the end of the preseason, this will be Chad Henne's team. Blaine Gabbert is just a bad quarterback and Henne will look to win the quarterback job.
Top Rookie: DT Mike Martin
Offensive MVP: TE Jared Cook
Defensive MVP: LB Zac Diles
Jared Cook will be a very good player in 2012. Write that down somewhere. He'll shred apart defenses in the preseason and then steal the starting job from Craig Stevens.
Top Rookie: DT Derek Wolfe
Offensive MVP: WR Mark Dell
Defensive MVP: SS Mike Adams
Mark Dell could end up as one of Denver's best receivers if he plays well this preseason. He's a very talented pass catcher who does the little things right.
Top Rookie: DE Allen Bailey
Offensive MVP: WR Dexter McCluster
Defensive MVP: CB DeQuan Menzie
DeQuan Menzie played against some outstanding competition in the SEC, so look for his first preseason to go well against third-string players.
Top Rookie: WR Juron Criner
Offensive MVP: RB Taiwan Jones
Defensive MVP: DL Desmond Bryant
Desmond Bryant should be able to make waves this year as a rotational player in Oakland. Under a more sensible regime, the three listed players could turn out well.
Top Rookie: DT Kendall Reyes
Offensive MVP: QB Jarrett Lee
Defensive MVP: CB Shareece Wright
Jarrett Lee is a very underrated quarterback who was able to lead his team to a national championship game berth in 2011. Lee should be able to have success against third-string preseason competition.