Everyone keeps close tabs on first-round NFL draft picks because they often have starting jobs or significant roles handed to them on a platter. It’s rarely a surprise when a top pick unseats a veteran. In fact, it’s expected.
The rest of the rookies have to earn everything they get. Even second-round picks don’t get nearly the same treatment as the players selected just a few picks before them.
Rookies who stand out during the offseason program are typically rewarded with early opportunities during training camp. What they do with those opportunities is what is really worth watching.
So, go ahead and monitor all the first-round picks, but also keep tabs on the following players once training camps fire up next month.