Jerry Hughes and Preston Brown would seem to be the more attractive IDP linebackers in this defense, but Manny Lawson can do a number of things capably and he's at least worth keeping an eye on until the younger first-rounder is back from surgery and ready to take over.
Ragland, the 41st overall pick, was thought to have a decent chance to go in the first round, so the Bills were more than happy to trade up in the second to get him. The big question for his IDP value is whether he can stay on the field for third down - his tackling abilities are excellent, but his coverage skills are so-so. With first-rounder Shaq Lawson (shoulder) expected to miss some regular season time, the pressure for Ragland to have a key impact as a rookie just went up.
While Bills fans are now a bit ticked at the way both Lawson and Whaley originally scoffed at Mel Kiper's suggestions that the player would need shoulder surgery, the Bills are taking a long-term approach and they still feel they got a player that's going to have a key role. Unless Lawson can somehow hit the season running, however, he's simply going to miss too much acclimation time to the new level to be IDP worthy out of the gate.
Lacy's weight has been a frequent subject of offseason discussion, with reports suggesting he's already dropped about 20 pounds since the end of his poor 2015 campaign. The Packers won't comment on his target weight, but it does seem the running back still has work to do, even though the team is pleased with his progress so far. Assuming he's in decent shape, Lacy is well positioned for a bounce-back season in what should be an efficient Green Bay offense,
Set to turn 33 shortly before Week 1, Fitzgerald only has one year remaining on his contract, but he remained highly effective last season even as John Brown and Michael Floyd also thrived (at times) in the excellent Arizona offense. While a repeat of 2015's 109-1,215-9 receiving line is probably too much to ask, Fitzgerald proved beyond any shred of doubt that he can still play at a high level. Barring a major injury or steep downturn in effectiveness, he'll likely stick around beyond 2016, be it in Arizona or elsewhere. With Floyd also entering the final year of his contract and likely seeking a big deal afterward, the Cardinals probably won't retain both receivers past 2016.
Walford is sitting out the first round of OTAs after injuring his knee in an offseason ATV accident. He may miss out on a few reps, but he should still have every opportunity to push for an increased role, likely at the expense of Mychal Rivera. The 2015 third-rounder caught 28 passes for 329 yards and three scores on 51 targets as a rookie; Rivera had 32 receptions for 280 yards and a touchdown on 46 targets.
Green should have plenty of time to recover before training camp starts, but his absence will allow Garrett Graham and Jeff Heuerman to take more reps with the first-team offense. Mostly used a No. 2 blocking tight end throughout his career, the 27-year-old Green finally has a good shot to earn an every-down role. Though unproven as a receiver, he has the necessary physical traits for success, having posted a 4.62 40-yard dash and 42.5-inch vertical at the 2011 combine. Granted, he's added a lot of weight since that time, in keeping with role as a block-first tight end. Green now hopes to find more of a balance as the likely starter on what should be a run-first team.
Mariota weighed 222 at the 2015 combine, but he apparently dropped some pounds during training camp and/or the regular season. Weight hasn't been a big issue for him one way or the other, so he likely just added a few pounds to help with durability. He'll still be one of the fastest (4.52 40) quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Titans have maintained that they mostly want him to focus on improving his footwork and accuracy from the pocket. While that's obviously a necessary part of the position, it was surprising to see Mariota attempt just 34 rushes (for 252 yards and 2 TDs) in 12 games last season. He should be a bit more active on the ground in his sophomore campaign, though it's also possible some of his pass attempts from last year will turn into hand-offs to DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. The Titans also added WR Rishard Matthews, and they hope to get much more out of both Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright; the former was a rookie last season and the latter was bogged down by injuries.
Nelson is doing individual work - running routes and catching passes - though presumably not at full speed. Having suffered his torn ACL last preseason, he may be ready for full participation at some point in camp. First, he'll need to prove that he can make sharp cuts while running at full speed. Nelson remains on track for Week 1.
Green-Beckham briefly dealt with soreness in the same hamstring that bothered him last season. He didn't miss much practice time, and while the Titans did add Rishard Matthews -- in addition to RBs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry -- during the offseason, DGB will have every chance to earn a starring role as one of Marcus Mariota's leading weapons.