How NFL Rookies Will Pan Out (Bold Predictions)
NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year: D’Andre Swift, Detroit Lions, Round 2, Pick 35
- The Georgia Bulldogs football program has created some of the best running back talents in Todd Gurley, Sony Michel, and Nick Chubb. Expect Swift to follow the path of former Bulldogs.
NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year: Chase Young, Washington Redskins, Round 1, Pick 2
- When former Ohio State wide receiver, Terry McLaurin, said that Chase Young was more productive in college than the Bosa brothers, it really put Young in a good spot going into the NFL, after what Nick did in his rookie season.
AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals, Round 1, Pick 1
- There is no doubt of Joe Burrow’s talent, but how it will translate into the NFL. With the Bengals moving on from Andy Dalton, the Bengals are putting all of their resources into Burrow being their franchise player.
AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year: Kyle Dugger, New England Patriots, Round 2, Pick 37
- As a small college guy, Dugger is a freak of nature. Put him into the Patriots’ star-studded secondary and expect the 6’ 2”, 220 lbs safety to provide the Pats with a lot of production.
Top Rookie QB: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals, Round 1, Pick 1
Top Rookie RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs, Round 1, Pick 32
- The only thing that can lower Helaire’s ceiling is Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid’s air raid offense. However, with his production under LSU’s air-raid offense, he can be a good balance in the pass-first offense.
Top Rookie WR: Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas Raiders, Round 1, Pick 12
- Tyreek Hill has shown that his speed kills in the NFL, and expect Ruggs to do the same. The only downfall here is the Raiders’ quarterback situation. After Carr’s standout rookie season, his performances have been sub-par ever since. Expect Ruggs to give Carr, or Mariota, the missing piece to Jon Gruden’s offense.
Top Rookie TE: Thaddeus Moss, Washington Redskins, Undrafted
- While being undrafted, Moss displayed his abilities as a vertical-threat tight end at LSU. If Dwayne Haskins can polish his game, Moss can play a huge role in Washington’s passing attack.
Top Rookie OL: Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Round 1, Pick 13
- While being drafted lower than projected, Tristan Wirfs will be given the task of protecting Tom Brady on their chase for a ring. With Brady under center, Wirfs will protect Brady at all costs.
Top Rookie DL: Chase Young, Washington Redskins, Round 1, Pick 2
Top Rookie LB: Isaiah Simmons, Arizona Cardinals, Round 1, Pick 8
- Isaiah Simmons is the most valuable prospect in the draft because of his athletic ability and versatility. The safety-linebacker breed allowed the Clemson defense to line up in unorthodox formations on the defensive side of the ball.
Top Rookie CB: Kristian Fulton, Tennessee Titans, Round 2, Pick 61
- The Tennessee Titans is the perfect landing spot for Fulton. As the nation’s top DB last year, he will be adding to the physical play of the Titans, adding to their solid defense.
Top Rookie S: Kyle Dugger, New England Patriots, Round 2, Pick 37
Rookie that will be a long-term talent: Jordan Love, Green Bay Packers, Round 1, Pick 26
- Under the mentorship of Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love couldn’t have landed in a better place. Although there has been much speculation surrounding Rodgers, Love, and the Green Bay Packers, the Packers obviously are looking for Rodgers to hand the torch off to Love eventually. After what Rodgers went through with Favre, he will likely be a mentor to Love, rather than dread him.
Biggest Bust: Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers, Round 1, Pick 6
- Two big concerns with Herbert.
- His inconsistency at Oregon. Herbert began to up his draft stock at the Rose Bowl and the Senior Bowl. However, Herbert never did anything outstanding at Oregon, against Pac-12 defenses.
- A lot of praise surrounding the “Herbert Hype,” was around his size. The concern is that a lot of the hype around Herbert surrounded his physical size, rather than his game.