With offseason workouts just getting underway in the National Football League, teams clearly have a long way to go before finalizing their rosters. However, there a few surprises to be had early in the process.
In the world of professional football, the best player at his position usually finds a way to rise to the top of the depth chart by the time the regular season rolls around. While a player's rise to the top can be cemented with an impressive training camp or strong preseason performance, the path is often paved in OTAs and minicamps.
Over the next few pages, we will take a look at some of the more interesting positional competitions around the league that have yielded somewhat unexpected results to this young point in the working offseason.
Players considered as surprise front-runners include relative unknowns, low-round rookies and journeyman veterans. Rookies immediately jumping ahead of established starters were also considered.