Every first-round pick from the 2014 NFL draft will be expected to learn, develop and prove themselves during their teams’ training camps, which will begin later this month. The ramifications of how well each rookie performs, however, will be greater for some Day 1 selections than others.
By virtue of being chosen within the top 32 slots of the draft, all first-round rookies are expected to immediately compete for significant playing time. Some of them will be Week 1 starters, while others will work their way up to starting roles over the course of their first years.
It varies greatly by situation as to how much of each rookie’s playing time is dependent on training-camp competition. Some of the highest draft choices, such as Houston Texans pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney and Atlanta Falcons right tackle Jake Matthews, are already virtual locks to start. Other first-round selections, however, truly will be fighting to earn playing time this summer.
For each of the following eight rookies, how much each of them will play remains very much undecided. While all of them have the talent to be impact players from day one, each of them still must prove themselves in camp and in the preseason to earn significant playing time this upcoming year.