Despite the aftermath of the draft being perhaps the quietest time of the NFL year, that hasn’t stopped players, coaches, media and fans around the world from buzzing about the league’s incoming class of rookies.
It’s obvious that big-name talents like Houston Texans No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney and Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will garner most of the national spotlight among this year’s rookie class, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll make the biggest impacts on their teams in 2014.
At this point in the cycle, offseason workouts have only just begun, and it remains largely unknown what roles each rookie will play on his team and how successful each could be at the next level.
That said, every team activity can be another opportunity for a first-year player to prove his worth or raise doubts. While veteran performances in OTAs are typically ignored, as the impressions a player makes in an unpadded minicamp means little in comparison to his past NFL experience, rookies have to establish themselves quickly to factor significantly into their teams’ 2014 plans.