There are perhaps more than 100 prospects who could start right away for NFL teams in this draft class, but that doesn't mean all of them will. In fact, most of them won't, because a lot of talented veterans in this league are willing to fight for their jobs.
Talent, NFL readiness and team need all have to be taken into consideration when projecting which prospects might start right away. We see 10, perhaps only 10, who project to be likely starters for whomever drafts them this May. We outline them in this slideshow.
A few ground rules before we get started:
- You won't see any quarterbacks. None of them look like a sure thing right now.
- We list no running backs, no tight ends (sorry, North Carolina's Eric Ebron, you just are not a rundown blocker yet) and just one wide receiver.
- It is easier to start right away at reactionary jobs, like defense, over offensive skill positions.
- Edge-rushers and edge-protectors are at a premium in this modern-day NFL.