Year in and year out, rookie players make a huge impact on the landscape of the NFL, and in 2014, the Carolina Panthers will expect that impact to compensate for the departures of several veterans who were key to the team's playoff run a season ago.
Projecting the magnitude of any rookie's effect on a team, whether positive or negative, usually isn't easy, especially before training camp, when position battles are decided.
The task is even more challenging for a team like Carolina, because general manager Dave Gettleman's penchant for adding talent before filling positional needs in the draft leaves many rookies with unclear roles on the roster.
However, with a bit of experience-based conjecture, one can begin to see the role that each rookie will fill for the Panthers this season. Read on to find out which players will see immediate playing time and which will spend extended time in development before stepping onto the field.