Every NFL team has players on its roster that won't necessarily be counted on for the upcoming season but instead profile as prospects who could potentially develop into contributors or stars. With training camps just a few weeks away, it's time to identify the league's best young projects.
What constitutes a project? No prospect on this list is likely to earn much (if any) playing time this upcoming campaign, but all possess significant upside. These are players who will apprentice and hone their craft in 2014 (and potentially beyond), and then be expected to contribute once fully seasoned and ready.
Four quarterbacks made this list, and if any of them see the field this season it will mean disaster for their teams, as the starter (and in three cases, a backup signal-caller or two) will have gotten injured.
Also featured are a sixth-round running back, a seventh-round receiver, a fourth-round defensive end with only two years of football experience to his name, and a fourth-round linebacker who will surely be buried on his club's depth chart.
But despite the fact that all of these men won't be heard from this fall, they could one day blossom into NFL stars, which makes their progress worth following.
Here are the NFL's best young projects.