A NFL prospect isn’t guaranteed playing time just because they come off the board somewhere in the first two rounds. Plenty of rookies will struggle to unseat veterans who currently sit atop the depth chart. The NFL is a win-now league and coaches will typically start the player who gives the team the best chance to win.
This article looks at 10 rookies who’ll have a hard time seeing significant playing time in their first season. Most of the players on this list have the talent to play right away, but the opportunity just isn’t right. Others are too raw to be inserted into a major role.