The 2014 NFL rookie class has yet to take the field for any game action, but as the league’s spring workout season nears its close, each draft pick has had the opportunity to learn from his new team and hopefully, impress it.
As all rookies are expected to be practicing with their teams within weeks of the draft—on a timetable that was even shorter this year, thanks to the draft being pushed back to May—they are forced to acclimate rapidly.
For first-round picks, who will be expected to make significant contributions to their teams in short order, adapting quickly is especially important.
Not all learning opportunities have been created equal for this year’s rookie class thus far. Some have been kept off the field by injuries. Others have had to stay away from their teams altogether thanks to the perplexing NFL rule that does not allow rookies to attend offseason workouts (with the exception of rookie minicamps) until their respective universities hold their graduations.
Nonetheless, it’s already started to become clearer how each of this year’s 32 first-round picks could fit in with the NFL franchises that drafted them.