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25 NFL Rookies Set To Make Big Impacts In 2020

Darren - August 10, 2020
NFL

25 NFL Rookies Set To Make Big Impacts In 2020

Darren - August 10, 2020
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6. Isaiah Simmons

One of the most interesting defensive players from this years’ draft, Simmons could be a very useful asset for the Cardinals over the next couple of years. While he is primarily linebacker, he is capable of operating across the backline because of his athleticism.

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Almost guaranteed to get a lot of game time this year, Simmons will automatically improve the Cardinals’ defense. The Clemson star played safety, linebacker, and some slot corner as well as edge rusher. In sum, Arizona has one of the most interesting hybrid defensive players we’ve seen for a while.

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5. Jonathan Taylor

Some believe that the Indianapolis Colts are dark horses this season because they’ve put together a very strong offense. They traded up to land Taylor in the second round and it looks like it could prove to be a stroke of genius. This young running back is one of the most electric rookies in the NFL.

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The Colts are serious this year with the addition of Philip Rivers to join arguably the best offensive line in the NFL. A veteran quarterback of his aptitude with the likes of Taylor and Marlon Mack at his disposal will make this a team to watch in 2020.

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4. Ceedee Lamb

Suddenly the Dallas Cowboys have arguably the most dangerous offense in the league. They still have two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott and one of the most exciting running backs in Ezekiel Elliot. Now they’ve added a young phenom of a wide receiver in the Oklahoma Sooners’ Lamb.

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With Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup still in the mix, Lamb will have the opportunity to develop on the training field. However, one of the most exciting rookies in the league will definitely get game time in 2020. The Cowboys were lucky to land him with the number 17 pick.

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3. Jeff Okudah

Okudah’s numbers at Ohio State don’t look that impressive. Just three interceptions and 18 passes defended across three seasons are by no means off the scale. But they do prove how much quarterbacks tried to avoid throwing at him. With Okudah’s defensive aptitude, that’s no surprise.

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In sum, this pick made a lot of sense for the Detroit Lions. They needed a strong cornerback and Okudah fits the bill. Last year, Detroit gave up the most yards per game in the entire league. To sum up, you can expect Okudah to quickly become a fixture in their backline.

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2. Joe Burrow

After the best individual season in college quarterback history, Burrow will expect to start in week one. Burrow will also hope to replicate the impact of Baker Mayfield two seasons ago at the Browns. He helped LSU to a national title and now wants to lead the Cincinnati Bengals out of the doldrums.

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The young man does have some very exciting weapons at his disposal like AJ Green and Tee Higgins. This is a young group of players that could be fun to follow in 2020. Burrow must learn on the job because there is no chance that the Bengals redshirt him. With that comes a lot of pressure, but he has the technical ability to live up to it.

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1. Clyde Edwards-Helaire

When Patrick Mahomes handpicks you as one of his weapons, then you know you’re doing something right. Edwards-Helaire is definitely one of the most exciting rookies from this year’s draft. In short, the former LSU man has incredible, explosive skills and should make Kansas City even more dangerous.

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While his running game is clearly impressive, Edwards-Helaire also has a great catching game. When you have the best quarterback in the NFL in your franchise, this is a fantastic asset to have. Not only is he a highly-skilled individual, but he fits into a balanced and proven team.

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