Khalil Mack - Oakland Raiders
One thing about Khalil Mack is that he never gets lost in his fame and success. After a year where he jumped onto the scene and has been named one of the nations top 100 football players. Now going into his second year he is already considered one of the most influential people in the NFL.
It's a good thing Khalil Mack is a humble guy, because otherwise this offseason might certainly go to his head. He has already made several lists of the NFL's best this offseason, and now he makes a somewhat improbable one - MMQB's most influential people for the 2015 NFL season.
James Starks - Green Bay Packers
Starks is entering his sixth season looking to once again be the second back behind Eddie Lacy. Despite his position on the depth chart the former Bull will be making 1.8 million, more than twice what Green Bay's starter will be making.
The 2015 Packers Salary Cap Positional Breakdown | Cheesehead TV
The Packers are the 28th ranked team in the NFL this year when it comes to percentage of their salary cap being used by the running back position. No Packer running back will make $2 million this year and James Starks ($1.8 million) is going to cost twice as much money as Eddie Lacy ($925 thousand), which is pretty ridiculous. But that's the NFL.
Branden Oliver - San Diego Chargers
Oliver came into the NFL in a much more humble fashion than his teammate Khalil Mack. Because of that he may be uniquely qualified to address the incoming NFL rookies.
Branden Oliver to address new NFLers at the Rookie Symposium | FOX Sports
"I’ll be sharing some of the things I went through my first year," Oliver said. "Financially, you want to be stable. Come in here with the mentality to stay focused and do what you’ve got to do. Learn from the veterans. I came into a good situation. Definitely learn from those guys and be humble."
Steven Means - Baltimore Ravens
Means never really got the attention he needed with Tampa but the Ravens seem down right Bullish on his future as an NFL pass rusher.
Is Steven Means Ravens' Next Pass Rusher?
"We have a young pass rusher – Steven Means is a guy just to throw out there – we’ll see how he does," Harbaugh said. "There’s not a guy in this [press conference] that probably knows who he is except for, maybe, the four of us. He’s a guy that’s going to be interesting to see how he develops."
Kristjan Sokoli - Seattle Seahawks
Sokoli is continuing to adjust to life in the NFL. He had an impressive minicamp and Coach Pete Carroll noticed.
Nine Things We Learned From Coach Pete Carroll At Seahawks Minicamp | Seattle Seahawks
Carroll came away impressed by the work of Seattle's 2015 rookies, a class headlined by defensive end Frank Clark, wide receiver Tyler Lockett, offensive linemen Terry Poole, Mark Glowinski, and Kristjan Sokoli, cornerback Tye Smith, and defensive end Obum Gwacham. Safety Ryan Murphy, Seattle's seventh-round pick, has yet to take part in any team activities as he finishes up at Oregon State.
Jake Schum - New York Jets
Schum was within a hair's breath of winning a spot in New York last year. This season he is back, and pushing the Jets punter, Quigley, for the position again this season.
2015 New York Jets Roster Predictions - Gang Green Nation
Both Folk and Quigley will face the tough competition of Furney and Schum again this year. I think Folk will be less protected unlike last year, Furney did will last year and I think he will ultimately lose the job, but not by much. Schum and Quigley on the other hand will be even fiercer than last year. Schum almost won last year and Quigley knew it bad. Quigley stepped up this year and it led to him being chosen as the P for the All AFC-East Team. Quigley will again step up and win the role, but it won't be an easy job. Purdum again will be reliable under center.