The NFL, more than any other professional sports league, peddles "what have you done for me lately." There's no affiliated minor leagues, and practice restrictions make long-term projects and developmental players somewhat a thing of the past.
Find me an NFL coach who has time for one-on-one player development under the current CBA, and I will show you a coach who is shirking a lot of his other duties.
Drafted players who don't start right away are already behind the eight-ball when it comes to meeting the expectations of their new team and fanbase. The pressure is on—for all draft picks, but especially high-rounders—to find a way to start immediately.
Here are the 25 players most likely to do it.