Now that the draft is in the books, NFL franchises have already begun shifting into the process of lowering unreasonable expectations for their greenhorns.
Michael Jordan is the sports world's most iconic figure because he always exceeded the hype. The opposite is true for the majority of NFL rookies.
By October and November, the post-draft hoopla will be long forgotten as coaches turn to trusted veterans for key roles in crucial games.
With a dozen marquee quarterbacks joining the league, let's rate how quickly they figure to ascend to the starting lineup.
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1. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns: I've never bought into the Brian Hoyerhype. This was a career backup written off by the rest of the league when the Browns signed him off the street after last year's draft. If ultra-talented quarterbacks such as Tom Brady, Carson Palmer and Robert Griffin III have struggled returning from ACL surgery, why should we believe Hoyer is a better option than Manziel this season?
2. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings: In declaring an open competition at quarterback, coach Mike Zimmer added that the organization hopes Bridgewater will be "the best guy." The former Louisville star was the most advanced of this year's prospects in terms of reading defenses, beating blitzes and keeping his poise in the pocket.
It helps his cause that "bridge" quarterback Matt Cassel doesn't have much of a headstart in picking up Norv Turner's offense. As defensive coordinator, Zimmer watched 2011 second-round pick Andy Dalton lead the Bengals to the playoffs as a rookie. He won't be afraid to give Bridgewater the reins coming out of training camp.
Prediction: Starts before Halloween
General manager Phil Emery doesn't believe in drafting late-round developmental quarterbacks, which suggests he views Fales as more than just a project. He's not alone. Jim Harbaugh rated Fales one of the top five quarterbacks in this year's draft class. Relevant fact: Jay Cutler has played only one 16-game season since joining the Bears in 2009.
Prediction: Starts as an injury fill-in before the end of the season
The Texans' depth chart essentially features four backups, of which Savage is the one least ready to manage an offense after a nondescript college career that included a hiatus of nearly three years from game action. If the Texans are out of the playoff hunt come late December, Savage could get an audition for 2015.
If McCarron takes over at some point, he will be at the helm of an offense with a true No. 1 receiver, quality secondary weapons and a strong running game. There is a roadblock in Year 1, though, with Jason Campbell entrenched as Dalton's insurance policy.
Prediction: Won't start until 2015 at the earliest
If Murray's career goes the way of others stuck with the "poor man's Drew Brees" label, he will wash out of the league before he gets a chance to take over an offense.
Prediction: Won't start until 2015 in a best-case scenario
Brady holds the NFL's most bizarre contract. He's severely underpaid on an annual basis, but his deal is essentially guaranteed through the life of it -- which ends at age 40 after the 2017 season. Unless Brady suffers a serious injury, enters protracted slump of epic proportions or pulls a surprise retirement, Garoppolo is stuck modeling visors for a few years.
Prediction: Won't start barring a Brady injury
11. Logan Thomas, Arizona Cardinals: NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock opined that Thomas has 25 or 30 game tapes, and "23 of them are bad." General manager Steve Keim's explanation for pulling the trigger on an experimental quarterback in Round 4: "When you are convinced you have the franchise quarterback, you take him in the first round. If you think a guy can be a franchise quarterback, you take a chance later in the draft."
Coach Bruce Arians believes Thomas' issues are "easily correctable," which seems counterintuitive. If that was the case, they would have already been corrected. If the Cardinals end up considering a position switch, the top two tight-end comparables for Thomas' combine measurables are Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham.
Prediction: Eventually converted to tight end