Gregg Rosenthal will project post-draft starting lineups for all 32 teams, because there's no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring.
» The passing game is too talented not to excel. But the offensive line and Devonta Freeman's health will determine the effectiveness of the running game. Freeman has struggled to stay on the field since signing his big extension. Second-year pro Ito Smith is a promising backup, but he's no Freeman, who is a natural fit in coordinator Dirk Koetter's system.
» General manager Thomas Dimitroff surprisingly did little tinkering with his defense this offseason. More than anything, Atlanta needs Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley to improve while Keanu Neal and Deion Jones return to the field. Coach Dan Quinn has underperformed defensively, considering the talent on this roster.
» I'm not that concerned about the Falcons' secondary. They have talent and experience at safety, Damontae Kazee is a versatile fit for the nickelback position and the starting cornerbacks match up pretty well with the rest of the league. Desmond Trufant is capable of playing much better than he did in 2018.
Biggest change from a year ago: The focus on improving the Falcons up front hints at a more balanced offense under old/new coordinator Koetter.
» Carolina was one of the easiest teams to fill out for this league-wide exercise. There aren't a ton of position battles, especially on defense.
» It's a surprise the Panthers didn't add more competition at wide receiver or running back. The Norv Turner-Cam Newton marriage was promising until Newton hurt his shoulder last season, but Carolina's asking Cam to carry an undermanned wideout group once again. Perhaps D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel will continue to step up, but they don't match up well against other No. 1s and No. 2s around the league. Veterans Chris Hogan and Torrey Smith will also be in the mix for snaps in what should be a spread-the-wealth offense.
» General manager Marty Hurney drafted Greg Little in the second round to be the team's next left tackle. If he wins the job out of camp, look for Taylor Moton and Daryl Williams to compete on the right side, with Williams possibly kicking inside to left guard. Moton played well last season and Williams is coming off major surgery.
» Brian Burns may have been the best match of talent, scheme and need in the first round of the draft. The Panthers know how to coach up defensive linemen and need Burns to bring heat off the edge from the jump. He could be the key to the defense, because expecting veteran pickup Bruce Irvin to make a big impact at this stage of his career is expecting too much.
Biggest change from a year ago: The status of Newton's shoulder is more important than any roster shuffling for a coaching staff feeling the heat.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
» The wideout spots should be pretty open after Michael Thomas. Ted Ginn Jr. should be safe, although the pecking order between him, Tre'Quan Smith, respectably paid import Cameron Meredith and Keith Kirkwood seems unclear. Knowing Sean Payton's history, some undrafted rookie will probably beat them all out.
» The Saints' secondary play dipped last season, but this is still one of the deepest groups in the league. Getting a healthy Patrick Robinson back in the slot will help. Eli Apple will try to build on his strong play after being acquired from the Giants. The safeties form one of the better young duos in football. An experienced player like P.J. Williams or Ken Crawley might not even make the team.
Biggest change from a year ago: The defense is stable, with answers at every position. When's the last time a Saints team entered a season like that?
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
» I'm less excited about the 2019 Bucs after performing this exercise. While Bruce Arians could be the perfect match for Jameis Winston, there are too many other potholes dotted throughout the roster to ignore.
» The offense is mostly intact from a year ago, although replacing Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson with Breshad Perriman isn't exactly a win. Despite a sub-standard running back room led by Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones, the depth of weapons here still isn't the problem. Winston has plenty of talented folks to throw to.
» The huge contract for left tackle Donovan Smith is typical on an offensive line with four starters back despite poor overall play. The Bucs have finished in the bottom 10 teams in pass blocking for three straight seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.
» The bigger questions for the Bucs come on defense. They are configured in a 3-4 lineup above because that's primarily what coordinator Todd Bowles has done in the past. Gerald McCoy could be traded because he's not quite a fit in Bowles' scheme despite his still-solid production.
» The Bucs are hoping quantity can turn into quality at cornerback. They have at least six cornerbacks fighting for their top three spots, with four of them drafted in the top three rounds of the last two drafts. None of Tampa's cornerbacks have proven to be standouts, hence embattled general manager Jason Licht continuing to draft them.
Biggest change from a year ago: The Bucs are banking on the new coaching staff turning the ship around, because the roster doesn't look much better.