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Rookies to Keep an Eye on this Season - Faded

by sanfordn 1 month ago


Offense

 

QB Forrest Ross - Lions

The no.1 pick is officially set in stone! After having a tough decision choosing between multiple QBs, the Lions believe Ross is their franchise quarterback. Shortly after he was drafted the Lions named Ross the day 1 starter, winning the job over incumbent Jared Goff. Expectations will be extremely high for this young kid, if he wants to be a fan favorite, he has to show why he was taken with the no.1 pick of the draft.

 

WR Felix Henderson - Steelers

Newly acquired Quarterback Jordan Love reached out to GM Mark Tringes on getting one last playmaker for the offense, and man did they strike gold. The human joystick himself Felix Henderson has found himself a home in Pittsburgh, with a blazing 4.38 40 yard dash this kid matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, his undersized body and frame might have scared off some GMs but Felix can make anything happen with the Ball in his hands. I believe Felix might be the best wideout from this entire class. 

 

QB Manu Perez - Broncos 

The Broncos had their franchise Quarterback fall right into their lap. This dual threat QB was seen as the best overall QB by most of the GMs in Madness. Perez doesn’t have the best arm strength, but has a lot of talent fitting the ball into tight places. He will have to bring his A-Game to show that he was the best QB in his class, and to make everyone who was taken ahead of him pay.

 

TE Nick Dickerson - Cardinals

The Cardinals have gained another great offensive weapon in Nick “long dick” Dickerson. Dickerson was the first tight end taken off the board and addresses a weakness for this Cardinals offense. Quarterback Kyler Murray has been demanding another pass catcher to help balance out the offense, and many think Nick was the right pick for Arizona with a depleted Tight end group. If the cards want Murray to stay, Dickerson will need to prove that he is a reliable target no matter what the situation is. 

 

WR Stephen Palmer - Jaguars

The late 1st rounder is ready to make waves. Head Coach Urban Meyer calls Palmer the “best slot receiver in this entire draft”. Getting him at pick 24 they were ecstatic, they knew with this kid there will be so many ways to use him. The 5’8 receiver is very shifty and can easily make plays when they call his name. He’s my underdog of this receiver class.

 

honorable mentions 

 

WR Jacob Copeland - Bills

Another late 1st round wideout has entered the portal, Jacob Copeland might be in the best but worst possible situation. Joining an offensive juggernaut in Buffalo, Copeland could find himself having a hard time finding touches from the Bills having Stefon Diggs, Allen Robinson, Dawson Knox, AND Ian Thomas. Copeland will need to make the most of his targets and earn Allens trust.

 

WR Gilbert Dunn - Vikings

The Vikings went wideout early in the draft, addressing a huge need for Minnesota after making what many are calling the worst roster move since Bill O’Brien traded Hopkins for scraps in their decision to trade 2nd year sensation Justin Jefferson to Cleveland. The Vikings believe they have found his replacement, with Dunn knowing to have catching issues in college, he will look to right the ship and show that he was worth being picked at number 3.

 

Defense

 

DE Terry Money - Jets

Terry “Nightmare” Money fell right into the Jets Lap at pick 11in what was a surprise to all seeing as Money was expected to be a top 5 draft pick. Shortly before Madness draft night a video was leaked by an unknown source that showed Money smoking with Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre using a gas mask. Money possesses an amazing package of strength and skill and will bolster this Jets defensive line that absolutely struggled to come alive last season. The only question about Money is how well he can stay out of trouble off the field, we will be keeping an eye on whether or not the commissioner looks into the situation for a possible suspension. Scary but great pick. 

 

CB John Sawyer - Packers 

The nation's top ranked corner fell to pick 9, with everyone questioning why he didn’t go to Detroit at pick 5. Sawyer gets to face that same Lions team twice a year. Possessing the best coverage skill set in the entire draft, Sawyer will look to match up against the best of the best week in and week out, the packers got a steal in this kid. The only eyebrow raiser is Sawyer's leadership and mentality on the field. Sawyer, a former standout on the basketball court, really found his groove in his one season at Tennessee. The Packers hope to keep him as a packer for life, but let’s see if they can keep him in the mindset.

 

LB Eddie Donnell - Chiefs

This 6th round linebacker has risen to the occasion very quickly, this hybrid linebacker has taken the helm of the starting roll on a very weakened Chiefs line backing core. With a high floor and low expectations, this kid has a lot to prove from being a nobody to a somebody. Will he become what the chiefs have been looking for since Derrick Thomas retired? Or will he be a 6th round bust?

 

CB Trey McMichael- Jets

Shockingly the first corner taken off the board, McMichael has all eyes on him. Known as a prolific shutdown corner in his college career McMichael hopes to help a Jets defense that ranked dead last in passing yards allowed last season. They believe McMichael is their guy. McMichael has the speed to keep up with any wideout in the Madness, lacking in weight and strength, McMichael will have to rely heavily on his speed to make up ground. 

 

OLB DaWann McClain - Giants

After a shocking chain of events in the Big Apple, the Giants have let a good amount of vets go to free agency. Most notably the shocking release of superstar pass rusher Lorenzo Carter who was cut off the team after reports surfaced that he was involved in money laundering and selling candy bars for $6 a bar. The Giants have replaced him with a young rookie in Dawann McClain, a not so big name in the draft but has good upside, McClain has very big shoes to fill, all the pressure is on him, will he fold? Or will he rise?

 

Honorable mentions 

 

LB Darren Boothe - Lions

With a shocking pick at number 5, the Lions got the best linebacker available in Darren Boothe. Boothe joins a defense absolutely begging for help in the run and pass, this sideline to sideline linebacker can just about do it all. With a great leadership mentality and the motivation to knock everyone’s head off who has the ball, he will fit right in with his new best friend head coach Dan Campbell. The only problem with Boothe is that he has a lot of injury concerns especially with his left ankle, Boothe will have to find a way to stay out of the medical tent and on the field at all times for this team. 

 

CB Jamie Lamb - Chargers

The 8th overall pick has landed in the beautiful city of Los Angeles. With the chargers desperate for corner help Lamb fits the bill. Known for his zone ability, Lamb will be someone who you don’t want to test on his own island, but if you catch him in man you’re in a Quarterbacks paradise. Lacking in weight and especially strength, Lamb doesn’t have the speed to catch up if he makes mistakes. Lamb will have to add some body mass and work on his man coverage if he wants to be seen as one of the top corners in this league. He’s lucky he has the son of the NFL legend Asante Samuel there to go against the best wideout on any team, along with superstar Derwin James providing additional help in the secondary. Lamb will have to learn to adjust to the Madness pace of play before or else he may get run out of the league quickly by the non existent chargers fans.

 
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