1. Carl Lawson, DE, NY Jets
It's difficult to fully gauge offensive/defensive line play without pads on. But even in spite of that, Carl Lawson was arguably the most impactful player during Thursday's practice.
The Jets prized free-agent signing was all over the backfield tallying at least two or three would-be sacks and recording a handful of pressures as well. He showed flashes of the game-wrecker the Jets are paying him to be.
Two of his sacks came while he was working against left tackle Mekhi Becton. There's a big difference between lining up opposite Frankie Luvu and Tarell Basham in practice and matching up with Carl Lawson.
The Jets handed Lawson a hefty three-year, $45 million contract this offseason to be the team's best pass rusher since the days of John Abraham. He's already making a strong first impression.
Of course, this is without pads, so this performance should be taken with a grain of salt. But you also have to remember that Lawson didn't have the advantage of playing alongside Quinnen Williams either.
The Jets have high hopes for Carl Lawson in 2021. And his performance so far in training camp should make the team very excited about his future.