Gregg Rosenthal will project post-draft starting lineups for all 32 teams with 100 percent accuracy or your money back.
» The Falcons essentially didn't lose anyone of significance from their NFC championship team. This is a young, deep squad with great continuity. The only new starter on offense is right guard Wes Schweitzer. (There is a change at fullback, but even a Pro Bowler like Patrick DiMarco only played 30 percent of the team's snaps.) If things crumble, it's fair to pin any struggles on the departure of coordinator Kyle Shanahan. This team is loaded otherwise.
» Give Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff credit for continuing to aggressively address the pass-rush issues. While Vic Beasley may be the only consistent edge defender who can win one-on-one matchups, the Falcons have depth: Adrian Clayborn, Brooks Reed, Derrick Shelby and McKinley are all versatile talents who can play different positions in three- or four-man fronts.
» Beasley and Reed, for instance, could be listed as outside linebackers or defensive ends. Almost every Falcons front-line player can move around. Look for Campbell, who was impressive as a rookie, to move to strong-side linebacker while Riley, Deion Jones' teammate in college, takes the weak side.
» The depth extends throughout the defense. Brian Poole and Jalen Collins round out a nice four-pack at cornerback. Almost every position except safety has a solid backup plan. In Year 3 of the Dan Quinn era, the coach has a full complement of his style of players. There's no excuse for the Falcons to finish 27th in points allowed again.
» This is the only team listed with two projected starting running backs. But the whole point of taking Christian McCaffrey at No. 8 overall is that he's not just a running back, right? It's easy to imagine a lot of formations where second-round pick Curtis Samuel and McCaffrey are both in the lineup at the same time, whether they are next to each other or across the formation.
Jonathan Stewart will still get plenty of carries, but his workload should be diminished. McCaffrey and Samuel should wind up taking snaps from Funchess and even Benjamin.
» The transition to a faster, more versatile offense makes it particularly costly that Cam Newton is spending the offseason recovering from shoulder surgery. This is supposed to be the offseason where Newton evolves away from many of the zone-read principles that have helped define the Panthers' offense.
New Orleans Saints
» Adrian Peterson may be on the field to take the first carry of the season in Minnesota, because Sean Payton loves drama and symbolism. But Mark Ingram is a better bet for more snaps during the year, because he knows the system and is more versatile. They should wind up splitting snaps and driving fantasy owners crazy, especially when third-round pick Alvin Kamara comes in to perform Darren Sproles' old role in the offense.
» The Saints' problems almost never change. They don't know who will start opposite Cameron Jordan, they have few edge rushers and they have question marks at linebacker. They are throwing a lot of players against the wall at linebacker (A.J. Klein, Manti Te'o, Alex Anzalone, Stephone Anthony, Craig Robertson, etc.) in the hopes that someone sticks. This approach hasn't worked in the past.
» It's not as if the Saints are embracing their status in the NFL ecosystem as a terrible defensive team. They believe they are better and improved last year under Dennis Allen, becoming a garden-variety bottom-five defense rather than a historically bad group. There is some reason for optimism. Squint hard and you can make the case this is the best secondary in the division. The defensive tackle duo is a plus. (Squinting can stop now.)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
» Jacquizz Rodgers is listed as the team's starting running back because Doug Martin is suspended for the first three games of the season. The reports about Martin's return to the field have been glowing. I'd usually be skeptical of such offseason fluffery, but the same was said about Martin all offseason before his career year in 2015. Rodgers and Charles Sims figure to split the work until Martin returns.
» Tampa's defensive line looks better than it has since Monte Kiffin's heyday. Noah Spence is primed to break out and the addition of Chris Baker gives the team flexibility. Gerald McCoy has the ability to put together a Defensive Player of the Year season. There is even quality depth up front, with Robert Ayers and Clinton McDonald not listed above.
» Only two cornerbacks were listed because I have no clue who the team's nickel cornerback will be. This position could sink the Bucs. There is no depth behind 2016 first-rounder Vernon Hargreaves and 34-year-old No. 1 cornerback Brent Grimes, who played well beyond his age last year. It's hard to imagine Grimes backing that season up.