The Detroit Lions are in win-now mode with Calvin Johnson squarely in his prime. Finding someone to start opposite him—or in a few other notable spots like linebacker and safety—will be the key to the 2014 NFL draft since the salary-cap situation is anything but helpful.
General Manager Martin Mayhew landed seven rookies last year (including undrafted free agents) that started at least one game. Such cheap labor is the key to success when your team is paying three highly drafted player from the last collective bargaining agreement a king's ransom.
Can he get as lucky this season? Time will tell. Click through to find out seven new prospects who could start Week 1.
All salary cap and contract numbers are courtesy of spotrac.com.