NFL Veterans Whose Replacements Were Selected in 2016 NFL Draft

May 11, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Immediately following the NFL draft, we turn our attention to the players who are ready to step in and make an instant impact. But the most successful teams in the league are the ones who routinely draft to fill holes that won't open up until two or three years down the road. 
Since the rookie wage scale was instituted, the overwhelming majority of rookies, even those in the mid-to-late first round, are paid like backups, allowing teams to stash a player on a depth chart for a year or two. 
Playoff teams selecting in the late first round often take players with the intention to redshirt them for a season, and even more teams take this approach in the second and third rounds of the draft. 
Here's a look at a few teams this year who took this approach to the draft and the veterans who may no longer be in their teams' long-term plans.
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