Most NFL teams don’t draft players in the first round to have them ride the bench. The situation is a bit different for quarterbacks, but even many of them will play right away.
This year’s crop may be a bit different, but it goes on a team-by-team basis. In Arizona, Kyler Murray has all but been named the starter already.
Washington has already said that rookie QB Dwayne Haskins will be given the opportunity to win the job. The team is a bit less committal than the Cardinals, but it is still reasonable to think he may be play Week 1.
Flying against the idea that first rounders should contribute right away, CBS Sports has identified the players that should take a “redshirt” season.
Haskins, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, and Denver Broncos’ quarterback Drew Lock all make the list.
Jones and Lock aren’t major surprises, even for the G-Men, who took the Duke product all the way at No. 6. Both are behind veterans Eli Manning and Joe Flacco, respectively.
Haskins, however, is given a “minimal” chance to redshirt even though CBS writer Chris Trapasso calls the need “significant.”
Haskins needs at least half a season to get faster moving inside the pocket, learning to trust himself to throw the football before receivers come open, and improve his accuracy down the field. Will the presence of Case Keenum be enough to hold off a first-round pick quarterback in Washington? Doubtful, especially if Jay Gruden feels like he’s coaching for his job in 2019.
The QBs are not the surprising inclusions though. The player that may be the most controversial is Green Bay Packers edge rusher Rashan Gary.
The Michigan product is already dealing with significant changes as he makes the move to the NFL. The Packers are expected to try him at outside linebacker to begin his career, and the fact that at least one medical expert believes he needs surgery, and Gary may have an uphill battle to see significant playing time.
Given the Packers’ investment at the position in signing Za’Darius and Preston Smith, and the team’s desire to win right now with Aaron Rodgers in his prime, and Trapasso is confused by the pick in general.
Just the money given to the Smiths alone will stand as a reason Gary will have a difficult time seeing the field very often at all in 2019. Then, factor in his extremely limited arsenal of pass-rush moves/plans, and this seems like the perfect marriage of redshirt need and likelihood of it happening, provided the Packers don’t slot him in as a five-technique end to get him on the field immediately.
Beyond the quarterbacks and the Michigan star, other members of the list are offensive linemen Garrett Bradbury (Minnesota Vikings), Andre Dillard (Philadelphia Eagles), and Tytus Howard (Houston Texans), and edge rusher Ben Banogu (Indianapolis Colts).
For the full list, head to CBS Sports.