While most NFL players have to fight for playing time and/or a roster spot in training camp, this is especially true for rookies. Players drafted in the early and middle rounds typically have a safe hold on roster spots, but they must prove themselves quickly and consistently in the offseason to crack the lineup when the season begins.
Modern trends have shifted toward the majority of first-round picks becoming immediate starters as rookies, but most have to outperform their competition from minicamp through training camp and the preseason to move up the depth chart.
The following slideshow looks at two handfuls of rookies who appear to be making good headway toward earning immediate playing time. These are players selected outside of the first round who are in good position to start and/or play frequently in their rookie seasons, in part because of the impressions they have already made in organized team activities and minicamps.
Players are listed in order of draft selection.