As the dust begins to settle from the nearly four-month NFL lockout, the impact will be felt most by inexperienced and under-performing players. The loss of rookie minicamps, organized team activities, and full-squad minicamps will only increase the pressure on these players during training camp.
First-round draft choice Nate Solder could be called upon to replace ten-year starter Matt Light at left tackle, if Light departs through free agency. Third-round selection Ryan Mallett will be attempting to make the difficult transition to NFL quarterback.
Meanwhile, second-year wide receiver Taylor Price will be expected to make bigger contributions in 2011 after a quiet rookie season, while third-year defensive lineman Ron Brace will look to justify his second-round draft status and earn a consistent spot in the defensive line rotation.
Of these four players, who would you choose as having been hurt most by the lockout?
Vote in the poll that is included in this blog entry. Since the poll was limited to four players, if you think it was someone else, feel free to include that in the comments section of the blog entry.