Jadeveon Clowney, LB, Texans: The No. 1 pick in the draft is recovering from his June surgery for a sports hernia. Clowney, who’s moving to outside linebacker, has the physical skills to develop into an impact player.
Bruce Ellington, WR, 49ers: The 49ers made a point in the offseason of upgrading their offensive firepower, especially at wide receiver. Ellington, a fourth-round pick, is expected to provide a deep threat for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Connor Shaw, QB, Browns: As an undrafted free agent, competition will be stiff. Shaw (left) will battle returnee Brian Hoyer, first-round pick Johnny Manziel and former Coastal Carolina quarterback and NFL veteran Tyler Thigpen for a roster spot.
Kelcy Quarles, DT, Giants: After going undrafted, Quarles must prove a lot in a short period of time to land a roster spot. On a recent Giants’ blog on ESPN.com, he is not listed as one of the nine defensive linemen expected to make the team.
Vic Hampton, CB, Bengals: Despite being undrafted, Hampton has the potential to stick with the Bengals. It appears he’ll battle for the sixth cornerback spot. He could be helped by his ability to contribute on special teams.
Marcus Lattimore, RB, 49ers: First, he must prove he is healthy enough to play. He will begin camp on the PUP list while second-round pick Carlos Hyde battles Frank Gore for carries.
Captain Munnerlyn, CB, Vikings: After five seasons with the Panthers, he signed a $15 million deal with Minnesota, where he’s expected to start despite starting camp on the PUP list with a hamstring injury. He’s coming off a standout season (74 tackles, 12 pass breakups).
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears: Jeffery (left) exploded onto the scene in his second season with 89 receptions for 1,421 yards, a 16.0-yard average, and seven touchdowns. He became a dangerous deep threat thanks to his 6-foot-3, 216-pound frame.
Stephon Gilmore, CB, Bills: The former first-round pick could have a breakout season in his third year. He missed five games last season due to injury and then had hip surgery in the offseason. He had two interceptions in 11 games.
D.J. Swearinger, S, Texans: He established his credentials as a rookie, making 71 tackles while displaying the toughness and fearlessness he had at USC. He also will be expected to help ease Jadeveon Clowney’s transition into the NFL.
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Compiled by Neil White