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According to Bleacher Report’s Chris Simms, Buffalo Bills rookie signal-caller Josh Allen won’t just start, but he’ll also earn mentions as a Rookie of the Year candidate. He shared the bold prediction on Pro Football Talk Live (via reporter Matthew Fairburn):

" I think he is going to be the starter from day one. This is a Buffalo Bills football team that was a good football team that I think has a good support system around him. They should be able to run the football. They’re going to be able to protect him. Weapons on the outside are not great. But I do think within that offense and some of the things we talked about, their defense being good, I think he can have a good enough year statistically and wins wise to where he’s in this conversation for rookie of the year."

Unlike the incumbents in front of the other first-round rookie signal-callers on the depth chart—Tyrod Taylor (in front of Baker Mayfield), Joe Flacco (Lamar Jackson), Josh McCown (Sam Darnold) and Sam Bradford (Josh Rosen)—McCarron doesn’t have an established track record under center. Allen could realistically beat him in an offseason battle for the starting spot.

Oakland surprised defensive tackle P.J. Hall with an early phone call, per San Jose Mercury News reporter Matt Schneidman. "I hadn’t heard about me going in the second round at all during this draft process, so it really shocked me when I got the phone call," Hall said.

The Raiders chose edge-rusher Arden Key in the third round as a high-value selection, but off-field concerns, injuries and fluctuating weight factored into his draft stock drop, per Miller’s scouting report. The added risks played into the boom-or-bust narrative.

" I spoke to over 10 scouts, coaches and executives regarding Hurst. One, in a heated rant, labeled the selection "irresponsible" by the Raiders because of Hurst’s heart condition (which hasn’t been publicly shared) and hoped the talented defender would "never put a f–king helmet on again in his life."

When you tally the skepticism for those three draft picks alone, it’s clear the Raiders didn’t receive high grades for the class. The trio of defensive linemen took reps as a unit and resembled a formidable group against rookie offensive tackle Kolton Miller, per Kyle Martin of the team’s official website.

"One thing about Key, Hall, and Hurst that’s obvious is their explosion. Each of them boasts a unique combination of power and agility that allows them to burst quickly off the line. Not only did the trio get to work with Defensive Line Coach Mike Trgovac, they were going up against first-round pick Kolton Miller, who was getting some reps at offensive tackle. Between the four of them there was a lot of talent on display, and it was clear they were all building some chemistry in the process."

Arguably the second-best running back in the draft fell late into the second round because of character concerns. The Washington Redskins expect Derrius Guice to uplift a backfield that lacked power between the tackles. Last year, Rob Kelley landed on injured reserve with high-ankle and MCL sprains. Samaje Perine didn’t provide the juice needed to carry the ground attack down the stretch.

Furthermore, head coach Jay Gruden avoided ambiguous coachspeak, plainly spelling out the rookie’s role, per reporter John Keim. "He’s more of a first-, second-down banger. But I’ve seen him at his pro day catch the football. He can catch the football fine, but really, our role for him is quite easy to see. It’s first, second down."

Assuming Chris Thompson makes a full recovery from a broken leg, he’ll continue to serve as the pass-catching asset in the backfield; though Guice insists he has the skill set to stay on the field for all three downs. "I’m a great receiver out the backfield, and I can block as well. So I’ll be able to protect the quarterback as well. My will to hit really separates from anyone else. I’m very willing to hit and do what I have to do to stay on the field."

The world saw Shaquem’s Griffin’s NFL dreams play out in real time when he was drafted in the fifth round. The moment with his twin brother, Shaquill, and relatives left a lasting impression on anyone who’s ever been told they couldn’t accomplish something in their lives. Weeks later, he reported to work like everyone else.

"He looked very comfortable, very natural. He has a sense already for scheme and terminology. The position is the right spot for him, it looks like. We can be aggressive and use his speed. He’s already shown some sense in the passing game and he had a couple really good plays adjusting to zone coverage and man coverage and things we’ve already seen. So those were good things to take away."

It’ll take more than a rookie minicamp and OTAs to properly assess any defensive player, but it’s possible we could see Griffin as a designated pass-rusher, a chase-and-tackle linebacker or dropping back in coverage. The Seahawks defense will go through major changes with notable names no longer in town. There’s room for creativity this summer.