It's natural that attention will turn to the new faces and rookies, with veteran participation being kept to a minimum in offseason practices of the NFL.
Eight teams didn’t have a first-round selection in the tournament.. The 24 who did, which included some with multiple picks, gave us a chance to look closer at the personnel players that can make a difference. In many cases, it was sooner than expected.
Our NFL Nation reporters were asked to closely monitor the first-round picks, and how they fared in this offseason.
Did the Jaguars pick the right linebacker?No. 1? 1? . Can the Texans close down half of the field? Can Assume the No. The Falcons' wide receiver number 1? Is The heir apparent at Pittsburgh quarterback? Which of the wide receivers and pass rushers looks the part? These answers are listed in the order of “How” It was played out:
His achievements so far Walker is 6-foot-5 and 272 pounds. It's difficult not to be impressed by his physical abilities. However, he's still learning how to play outside linebacker for the Jaguars, which is where he will be playing with the first-team defense. Walker has been working closely with Bill Shuey, the outside linebackers coach..
Mike Caldwell, defensive coordinator, said, “You think about his size — his weight, his height, and his speed — it's almost like a unicorn.” “He is singular.” — Michael DiRocco
His achievements so far The coaching staff of the Lions gave Hutchinson nothing but praise throughout rookie and mandatory minicamp. Hutchinson was assisting the starters in drills and excelled as he prepares for his rookie season. Coach Dan Campbell is impressed with Hutchinson's strength, but believes there are areas to improve on technique and learn the system.
He doesn't say much, he just listens. He is like a sponge. Campbell explained that Campbell absorbs all the information and observes how things are done, as well as the coaches' instructions. Eric Woodyard
His achievements so far Lovie Smith, Texans coach, stated that Stingley, who is recovering from a major injury, is the focus of the team and is working to get better each day. Smith claimed in May that the No. Smith stated in May that the No. Protective backHe said that he believes Stingley will “do some great things here whenever it gets rolling.” — Sarah Barshop
His achievements so far Gardner was able to work well with the starters because of injuries but is not yet a starter. He will be. The thing that impresses coaches more than his 6-foot frame, speed and long arms is his willingness for learning. Jeff Ulbrich, defensive coordinator, said Gardner is “such a great football brain and thirst for the game.” — Rich Cimini
His achievements so far Due to an undisclosed injuries, Thibodeaux spent most of the spring in a white jersey. He was able to work with a trainer side-by at practice. Thibodeaux injured his back on a rep during practice the second week. He had to be out of action for the remainder of the spring due to it. However, it was clear that he was only on the field for a short time.. This is a special first step. Thibodeaux was part of the first-team defense that participated in the initial day of OTAs. — Jordan Raanan
His achievements so far Although it is impossible to tell how the 6-2, 320-pounder will do until they put on pads in training camps, it is hard to imagine him not being the starting left tackle for Game 1. Ekwonu was rotated withHe has been praised by his teammates and coaches as the starting quarterback during OTAs. He was chosen by the Panthers to be a long term solution in a position that had been a problem for a while. So far, so good. — David Newton
His achievements so far Neal, a draftee from Alabama, was the Giants' starting right-tackle since the first day in OTAs. This was evident throughout the spring. This was evident in the way Neal fits right in. “Just dominant” is the way veteran right guard describes Neal.described him. The spring was a great example of Neal's speed, size, and willingness to help immediately. — Jordan Raanan
His achievements so far Although it's difficult to tell for sure, London seems like he will.. While he did make a few catch in 7-on-7 play, the most important was that he –and second-round linebacker During 11-on-11 installation periods, — both worked with the veteran group (read — starters or key backups). It's clear that Atlanta expects London to be a part of its offense. Maybe even a major part. — Michael Rothstein
His achievements so far Cross will be competing for the left tackle position, Coach Pete Carroll said. However, the rookie has worked well with the No. 1 offense. He has also remained healthy, unlike many of Seattle's other draft selections. Cross wasn't the Seahawks' highest draft pick since 2010, and they didn’t allow him to sit on the bench for his first career. Cross was drafted withCross has been eliminated and there is no threat to his safety, so it will probably take an injury to keep him out of the lineup. — Brady Henderson
His achievements so far Wilson still has some work to do in mastering the route tree. But there is no doubt about his physical abilities. One of his most notable traits is his body control and the ability to adjust for off-target throws. He will be an immediate contributor to the wide receiver rotation. — Rich Cimini
His achievements so far Olave has always looked the part during OTAs or minicamp practices, displaying his fluid route-running skills as well as big-play ability. “Smooth as the side of the pillow,” says quarterbacksaid. “Just really smooth. He is able to get in and out very easily of the breaks. Electric. Smart, too.
In 7-on-7 drills, Olave was able to catch a pass between two defenders. This was one of the highlights plays of the spring. Winston has a chance for him to become Winston's favourite downfield target.. Mike Triplett
His achievements so far While there is a lot of excitement in the team as Williams continues to recover from ACL surgery on left knee, Dan Campbell, Lions coach doesn't expect him to be ready for training camp. Williams was seen around the facility, observing and was warmly welcomed by quarterback.However, the Lions are slowing down his recovery.
Campbell stated, “Absolutely we want to get him out there as quickly as possible.” He must get stronger. He requires a lot strength development in his lower extremities, legs, knees and everything. Eric Woodyard
His achievements so far Davis, who was weighing in at about 340 pounds at the combined, claimed that he has lost some weight this spring due to his hard work at the practice facility, and paying more attention to his diet. According to veteran, it hasn't affected Davis' strength.According to Davis, he is “pushing large weight like it's not” in the weight room. Davis is expected to join the defensive line rotation immediately.
He is believed by the coaching staff to have what it takes for a three-down player. Jonathan Gannon, defensive coordinator, stated that he is a large, explosive player who can win one on one. Tim McManus
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His achievements so far Hamilton impressed the Ravens this spring with his instincts and has picked up a few passes. He has been rotating withIt's only a matter if the playmaking Hamilton will be working with the starters every time.
Mike Macdonald, Ravens' defensive coordinator, said that Kyle was as advertised. He's doing what we expect him to. So, he's following the schedule exactly, but we don’t tell it to him — we try to instill a sense urgency for him. [I'm] Kyle made me very happy.” — Jamison Hensley
His achievements so far Smith said Green was a rookie who had “done a lot good things” since he joined the Texans. Green will likely start at guard for Houston.At left tackle At the right tackle Offensive lineman Green is described as “a humble, quiet kid,” but Green stated that he had “been working very hard for the past 2 weeks and I think he’s going to be an amazing player.” — Sarah Barshop
His achievements so far Washington said Dotson was one of the best draft prospects, and he has been sharp all spring. He can attack defenders' leverage to use it against him, opening up opportunities for veteran corners like. Dotson is patient and has a large catch radius. Dotson is a hard worker, but he has also been known to work outside. With Dotson was unable to participate in the OTA work nor the mandatory minicamp but he has developed a strong connection with quarterback . — John Keim
His achievements so far Johnson was chosen by the Chargers as a player to fill a position on the right side of their line. His early returns suggest that he is ready for the job. He's a great guy. “He has all of the things you look for in an interior player. But I think his mindset is impressive to his team,” Brandon Staley, coach, said at the end of minicamp. “He trains. He's well-prepared for meetings. He practice hard and goes out to the gym.
Staley said Johnson is “fitting right in” but also stated that he was happy to see him in pads at training camp. Staley said that Johnson “fits right in” for any NFL player, but he was more excited to see him in pads during training camp. — Lindsey Thiry
His achievements so far Burks' rookie minicamp started off in a bad way for him.. He was unable to attend minicamp, and was restricted to stationary biking conditioning. Rob Moore, Titans wide receiver coach said it was unfortunate. “Some things that he has to deal with are beyond his reach. The child has asthma.
Mike Vrabel, Titans' coach, stated that Burks and other rookies will be staying in Nashville for a short time to “get some heat” and to train and lift weights. Turron Davenport
His achievements so far The Saints believe in Penning's long-term ability, but they won't rush him to the start line ahead of veteran.They drafted Penning in Round 1 because they knew he would be a raw prospect. They knew that Penning would be a raw prospect coming out of Northern Iowa. But they love his combination size, speed, and agility. And they feel good about his eagerness and willingness to learn.
Doug Marrone, offensive line coach, stated that it is difficult to tell right now because we are not playing football. “But technically, he's done very well in picking up things. You can also see his hunger to learn.Mike Triplett
His achievements so far Pickett was a third-team offensive player during OTAs, minicamp and beyond. But he's. At minicamp, Matt Canada, the offensive coordinator, stated that “We've been very clear about this being a real laid out plan of how we evolve and find our quarterback for the 2022 season.” Three quarterbacks are competing for the job. Pickett was the most consistent, and it will be a difficult battle to take his place.
Wide receiverPickett's mastery over the playbook has impressed Claypool.Claypool stated, “He understands all.” “Sometimes I'll say, ‘Yo! What do I have?' We have some new plays in the works, and he'll immediately tell me. Pickett will be heading to Florida next week to train with Trubisky. — Brooke Pryor
His achievements so far McDuffie has been practicing with the starters ever since his first practice. He's expected to stay there for the regular-season opener against Cardinals and beyond. McDuffie, at 5-foot-11, is not as tall as Chiefs like their corners. But, they believe he has all the skills to make up for that.
Andy Reid coach said, “He's smart. He's smooth.” “I like the idea of being smart when you are in that position. It is important to leverage… We have big receivers against us. — Adam Teicher
His achievements so far Walker was lined up alongside the inside linebacker because the Packers don't often throw rookies in immediately.Since Day 1. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry appears determined to play more with two ILBs, which is due to Walker. He's shown more sub-packages with Campbell and Walker than he does with two outside linebackers. Rob Demovsky
His achievements so far Elam has worked with both the first and second teams defenses through the offseason. Elam also had a solid showing, including an impressive sideline intercept in the final minicamp. SafetyElam's field work was well-received by the team, with Elam saying that “you can already tell, it just listens.” He listens.” Coach Sean McDermott stated that Elam's greatest areas of growth are consistency and learning from his mistakes.
“He has been through the typical rookie growing pains. How do you make sure that your good play is followed up by another one? What if you have a bad play? How can you make it better and get another good one? It's mostly mental. — Alaina Getzenberg
His achievements so far Smith demonstrated that he is capable of starting the opener at left guard, and also saw some work at left tackle.You deserve some relaxation.
“Your head can swim a little bit as a rookie because of various things that happen at guard. Then you kick out and tackle and it becomes ‘Oh, there is a lot of room out there,' but he has done a good job,” All-Pro guardsaid. “The No. “The No. That's what we can do all day. — Todd Archer
His achievements so far The Ravens have placed Linderbaum with the first-team offensive from the beginning and he has not blinked. Training camp will be the real test. The pads will be on and it gets more physical.
“I told Tyler that it was my goal to have him in bed shaking every night, worrying about the next thing. So hopefully by training camp, that will not be the case, and then by the end of the season, he will feel good,” Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman stated. “You can see it every day that he's doing a great job. You can see it in some guys, you just have to see it every day. They just keep moving forward and he is one of them. — Jamison Hensley
His achievements so far Johnson had a quiet OTAs/minicamp, mainly because the camp was non-contact and it is difficult to assess linemen. Johnson lined up in wide-9, mostly working with the second and three teams. He believes that this position is the best for his speed and size. — Rich Cimini
His achievements so far Lloyd has been used by the Jaguars as an inside linebacker for early downs, but he's also been seen rushing off to the edge on third downs. He is a smooth drop-in to coverage and can run with tight ends and backs at times in man. Lloyd chose to stay in Jacksonville for his first news conference rather than return to Utah because he didn’t want to travel and wanted to get to work quickly. His work ethic is admired by the coaches. The first day Lloyd arrived at the facility, he called Tony Gilbert, the inside linebackers coach, to see film.
Mike Caldwell, defensive coordinator said, “When you have a guy that's hungry for coaching and that's ready to get coached that's somebody special. He'll continue to grow and continue performing and doing what we need him do.” — Michael DiRocco
His achievements so far Wyatt's athletic ability, his size and his power are the best aspects of him. They don't come out in non-padded training camps. For a better idea of Wyatt's potential impact on the field, we will have to wait to see what training camp looks like.The partners at the front. Rob Demovsky
His achievements so far The plug-and-play starter at leftguard, the UT–Chattanooga alum finished one mandatory minicamp practice by running 30 yards to try and recover a fumble. This led to a spirited mini-scrum that included an outside linebacker.As a result, many others were also impressed. Judon later acknowledged Strange's all-out approach as having made an immediate impression on many within the Patriots' organization.
Assistant coach Matt Patricia said that it was easy to see the athleticism of the offensive linemen. — Mike Reiss
His achievements so far Karlaftis is a key figure in both the base defense and all subpackages of the Chiefs. His efforts have been evident in practice. Andy Reid, Andy's coach, stated that his client runs an average of 100 miles per hour. “That motor probably jumps out at your face. He moves and goes. — Adam Teicher
His achievements so far It is clear to see what Hill means to the Bengals. With safetyHill didn't attend the offseason workouts, as he doesn’t have a new contract. However, Hill took reps at Bates’ place. Hill's side conversations and interactions with veterans were praised by Coach Zac Taylor as he adjusts to the league.
Taylor said, “That is what you want from the rookies – not feel like there are those walls between them and their vets communication wise, not to intimidate.” — Ben Baby
His achievements so far Cine's greatest attribute, his ability to hit a big hit, was by definition invisible during spring drills. He has made a solid transition to the team's short-term plans based on the rotational training he received from the first-team defense. Cine is competing alongside a second-year participantThe opposite is the starting job It seems that his coronation is inevitable. The question is, however, whether it will occur by Week 1. — Kevin Seifert