New Orleans doesn't have the same depth at receiver as it has enjoyed in recent years and quarterback Drew Brees needs some new targets with big-play ability. The Saints also have two receivers in their current lineup who were able to contribute early in their first seasons with the franchise ( Marques Colston and Kenny Stills). Don't be surprised if Cooks makes his own transition to the league look just as smooth.
4. C.J. Mosley, ILB, Baltimore: Mosley isn't the second coming of Ray Lewis, but the Ravens will appreciate everything he can do for that defense. His instincts and versatility make him the prototypical three-down linebacker, one who will fit in quickly with a Baltimore defense that lost several key players after winning the Super Bowl two years ago.
Even with those departures, the Ravens still have Haloti Ngata at nose tackle, Terrell Suggs rushing the passer from the outside and some blossoming young players who should understand this team's long-standing history of playing great defense. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome also is an Alabama alum, which gives him even more knowledge of what he's getting in Mosley. If you're looking for an early leader for Defensive Rookie of the Year, this is the guy.
5. Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia: The Eagles snagged one of the steals of the draft by landing Matthews in the second round. The former Vanderbilt product has first-round talent and he's got the smarts and talent to help Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense immediately.
The Eagles dumped Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson earlier this offseason. They'll also miss underrated possession receiver Jason Avant (now in Carolina), while Jeremy Maclin, the man who becomes the top target in this system, is returning from a torn ACL.
Those factors alone should equate to plenty of opportunities for Matthews. Kelly found a way to turn wide receiver Riley Cooper into a productive player after only one year in this system. Imagine what Matthews -- who has more talent and upside -- can do in his first season with the Eagles. He's not going to make people forget the speedy Jackson, but he's definitely going to help Philadelphia's cause.
1. Dee Ford, OLB, Kansas City: This really doesn't have anything to do with Ford as a player. By all accounts, he's a gifted pass-rusher who someday might live up to the first-round pick the Chiefs used on him Thursday night. It has everything to do with the Chiefs' needs this coming season and where exactly he fits into that picture. Kansas City simply isn't good enough to take a player whose real value will come after next season, when Pro Bowl outside linebacker Tamba Hali might be too old and expensive to keep on the roster.
This year, Hali and fellow Pro Bowler Justin Houston will continue to be the starting outside 'backers in a defense that won't need nearly as many reps from Ford in his rookie season. Granted, the Chiefs' pass rush did suffer when both Hali and Houston sustained injuries during the second half of last season. But that still means Ford's greatest value is as a backup who could provide more depth than instant impact.
He may be a star down the road -- and remember, he still has to prove he can move from defensive end to outside linebacker -- but the Chiefs likely won't reap any real impact from him until 2015 at the earliest.