Detroit Lions: Best case scenarios for each offensive rookie

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Sorting out potential roles and best case scenarios for each Detroit Lions draft pick on offense (and one intriguing undrafted rookie)

After months of nervous speculation on the state of the 2020 NFL season, at least for now, the league is attempting to start the season on time.

The NFL announced recently that training camps are planning to open as scheduled, meaning that the Detroit Lions rookies are scheduled to report today (July 21st).

The lack of in-person workouts and organized team activities over the most recent offseason means that first year players will have even less time than usual to acclimate to the grueling and ultra-competitive battle for jobs in the NFL.

More than ever, the learning curve for Lions rookies will be a steep one, and the ability to quickly adapt will be crucial as they look to maximize their talents, justify their draft positions, and compete for spots starting this week.

Of their nine picks in April’s virtual draft, five of the new Lions play on the offensive side. At least one is assumed to be a full time starter in year one, another has the potential to be the best player in the draft at his position, and others will be looking to fill remaining gaps in the offense and solidify their places on the roster.

Here’s a breakdown of the likely roles for each of the five draft picks on offense, as well as an undrafted rookie who has the best chance of breaking into the lineup this year.