In today’s NFL, expectations are at record-high levels when it comes to rookies. Fans and media alike look at their rookie class the same way they look at free agency, putting unreasonable goals on these first-year players.
In actuality, most NFL teams keep focused on the long-term development of their draft picks, putting more stock into the benefits down the road than just plug-and-play contributors.
To help temper unreasonable expectations, I’ve put what should be anticipated for each rookie that was taken in this year’s first round. Not every player will be an instant impact, and some may not provide much of anything as rookies. Here’s what to expect in year one for the top 32 picks in the 2014 draft.