Buying or Selling Each 1st-Round Rookie as a Day 1 Starter

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Buying or Selling Each 1st-Round Rookie as a Day 1 Starter
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Teddy Bridgewater is going to have to earn his way to the top of the Minnesota Vikings' quarterback depth chart, but he has the talent to do so.

Long gone are the days when an NFL rookie's first season was seen as a year of development. That’s especially true for first-round draft picks, who are expected to become immediate impact players—and in many cases starters—for their new teams from Day 1.

Last season 19 of the 32 players selected in Round 1 of the 2013 NFL draft were in the starting lineup for their teams on Week 1.

That proportion is likely to rise in 2014 with a rookie class that has consistently been hailed as one of the league’s deepest in terms of talent in recent memory.

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