Training camp is now only weeks away. Let the speculation on this year's rookie class begin.
The Buccaneers overhauled a large portion of the roster following Lovie Smith's hiring. Most of the additions were made on offense, particularly during the draft.
Higher-round picks like Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be expected to make immediate contributions. However, there are no guarantees in the NFL that anyone will fulfill their potential or stay healthy long enough for it to matter.
Expected competition and practice reps will be the key factors in determining each Bucs rookie's outlook for training camp. More competition means fewer practice reps and less time making an impression on coaches.
After finishing 4-12 last season, the Bucs need their rookies to be fast risers, especially if they intend on competing in what is shaping up to be an unforgiving NFC South.
Here are some expectations for the Bucs rookie class heading into this year's training camp.