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It's not too early to make a prediction as to some non-first rounders who will make a big impact this season.

Updated: August 17, 2004, 3:29 PM ET
By Todd McShay | Scouts, Inc.
With the exception of quarterbacks, first round draft picks are generally expected to make significant contributions as rookies. Unfortunately, that's not always the case.

Holding out is the easiest way to ruin a rookie season. After the Patriots finally came to terms with TE Ben Watson early Monday morning, QB Philip Rivers (Chargers) is the only remaining holdout in the 2004 draft class. At this point, both Watson and Rivers have jeopardized their rookie seasons. Browns' TE Kellen Winslow II and Seahawks' DT Marcus Tubbs held out longer than expected, but both players arrived at camp prior to the first preseason game.

Top picks such as Giants QB Eli Manning, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, Redskins DS Sean Taylor and Rams RB Steven Jackson all made impressive preseason debuts. On the contrary, first round selections such as Denver OLB D.J. Williams, Minnesota DE Kenechi Udeze and Green Bay DC Ahmad Carroll have struggled. But they still have nearly a month to overcome disappointing starts.

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