Sadly roster development takes in a many factors
During my playing and coaching days I can name numerous instances of more talented players were placed lower on the depth chart because they were less experienced and/or ill suited to the scheme.
For Example Pn the first DC of my senior season I was the number 1 Center but by week one not only was I not starting I had moved positions
Could have always been Xavier Rhodes. I hear his name... then this 2013 scenario comes rushing back into my head.
"With the 23rd pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings select... Sharriff Floyd, DT; Florida!"
Eruption from Colts fans. Many shouting 'Hey, we're getting the FSU kid. The CB, Xavier Rhodes!!"
Grigson, yes, we're taking the FSU kid... but not the CB!!
"With the 24th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Indianapolis Colts select... Björn Werner, DE; FSU."
Deep sighs, mumblings and grumblings from many. Others are scrambling the web for info. Meanwhile-
"With the 25th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings select... Xavier Rhodes, CB; FSU.
Well, at least he eventually came here, in 2020 for his 8th season. But there was a chance long ago for him to always have been our CB.