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Buffalo Bills

Jordan Johnson, RB, Buffalo

His size and ability might remind you of another Buffalo running back who has done pretty good in the NFL (James Starks). Johnson ran for over 800 yards in 2015, then followed it up with 1,040 yards in 2016. Johnson runs with power and makes good decisions. Has a shot due to thin depth at the position.

New York Jets

Connor Harris, LB, Lindenwood

Harris rewrote the college record books amazing over 600 career tackles. Truly one of the most productive prospects in the draft and will carve out a role to his 53-man destination.

Miami Dolphins

Javancy Jones, LB, Jackson State

Line him up almost anywhere and watch the production erupt. Jones is a special athlete and his going undrafted was one of the bigger shocks of Day 3 in Philadelphia. Plays with a chip on his shoulder and lacks zero confidence in his ability. Jones keys and diagnoses action quickly and gets to the football. Late-round prospect will a lot of upside to earn a living in the NFL.

New England Patriots

Josh Augusta, DT, Missouri

Vince Wilfork comparisons will begin once the Patriots media get their first glimpse of this Tigers’ product. He was once 390 and was down to 347 for his Pro Day.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Justin Horton, OLB, Jacksonville

Great signing by the Jags this prospect has the talent to play in the NFL. Character and work ethic are superb.

Tennessee Titans

DeAngelo Brown, DT, Louisville

A lot to like about Brown, who flashes power at the point of attack. He led the team in tackles for loss (14) in his final college season and should provide a nice addition of depth heading into the season.

Indianapolis Colts

Jerome Lane, WR, Akron

Lane is a former basketball standout, who originally began his collegiate football career on the defensive side of the football. He made the switch to receiver and has had solid success. He is able to get underneath the ball and shows good concentration. He possesses a large catch radius with the speed to go all the way. Strong and wins one-on-one battles and shield the ball from defensive backs.

Houston Texans

Dylan Cole, LB, Missouri State

The Texans excel at getting to the passer and Cole can help add depth and potential to the defensive unit. Cole has great sideline to sideline speed to cover a lot of ground and can be the team’s poor man’s verison of Brian Cushing.

Cleveland Browns

B.J. Bello, LB, Illinois State

The hallmark of Bello’s game is his versatility. He is a three-down linebacker able to play in 3-4 or 4-3 schemes in almost any role of the position. He moves with fluidly and shows natural athleticism. Bello displays good range and does a good job changing direction and turning his hips. He is quick off the snap with good burst to put offensive lineman off balance.

Cincinnati Bengals

Demetrious Cox, FS, Michigan State

Cox help anchor the back end of the Spartans defense showing instictive traits redirect and make a play. The Bengals may have a possible practice squad player in Cox.

Baltimore Ravens

Tim Patrick, WR, Utah

The Ravens elected to bypass receiver at the top of their draft a position many thought would be addressed early. That leaves a great opportunity for Patrick. He is prospect with size and speed who can stretch the field vertically. Injuries have limited his upside in the past but a injury free camp can boost his stock.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Rushel Shell, RB, West Virginia

The Steelers know the value of depth after seeing Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams get banged up over the last few seasons. He has good vision and sees the cutback lanes. He lacks the perimeter speed to compete on the edges and will struggle to take the ball to the corner in the pros but is tough and hardnosed.

Denver Broncos

Shakir Soto, DE, Pittsburgh

Big feet big hands long arms, moves pretty well for his size, shows real solid pursuit, gets overshadowed by Ejuan Price but holds him own, can slice o-line can penetrate, has good knack to forward lean into the play, always around the ball,

Oakland Raiders

Kareem Are, OL, Florida State

The Raiders have a great starting five on the offensive line but little quality of depth after that and that is where Are can fill a void.

San Diego Chargers

Brandon Stewart, CB, Kansas

Trinity Valley CC transfer showed some good ball skills with the Jayhawks. He has decent size and knack for being around the football.

Kansas City Chiefs

Ashton Lampkin, CB, Oklahoma State

Lampkin is not a physical corner, rather than a techinquelly sound defensive back with a good range of coverage skills. He can suit plenty of different roles in the secondary and plays smart. The skill set is there to develop into a nickel corner.

Washington Redskins

Kyle Kalis, OL, Michigan

King has found a nice fit to earn a roster spot by signing with the Redskins. He is a no nonsense player who relishes the physicality of the position. He can add value in the teams run blocking.

Philadelphia Eagles

Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin

The Eagles have two players that have a real chance to make the 53-man roster. The first is former Badgers running back Clement. He has well versed in most areas of the position and Ryan Mathews time in Philly seems to be nearing the end. The other potential steal is Shepherd tight end Billy Brown. He was great at the East West Shrine game and could be a sneaky piece to the offense.

New York Giants

Jessamen Dunker, OL, Tennessee State

Dunker originally was recruited to play at Florida but after being charged with grand theft after a scooter he purchased was reported stolen. He’ll likely transition to guard after playing tackle but he is talented and versatile. The Giants could need all hands on deck to get their offensive line up to par.

Dallas Cowboys

Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas

Skipper will face a tough task of getting time early on with the stout offensive line unit the Cowboys boast. He does however brings a strong desire and physical ability to add qaulity depth for the Dallas offense along the front lines.

New Orleans Saints

Collin Buchanan, OL, Miami (Ohio)

The Saints were lucky to get a guy of Buchanan’s caliber as an undrafted free agent. The second team All-MAC offensive tackle will also serve as a guard at the next level. He brings great size (6-foot-4 and 316 pounds) and gives the Saints a valuable prospect moving forward.

Atlanta Falcons

Daniel Brunskill, OL, San Diego State

Hard to believe he did not go drafted one of the real prospects with upside. Brunskill has a tremendous skill set and hopefully the Falcons allow him to develop which shouldn’t take long because he is a quick learner and versatile.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cole Gardner, OL, Eastern Michigan

This is were a lot of MAC players earn their keep, by signing as undrafted free agents and eventually making the 53-man roster by summers end. Gardner helped anchor one of the best offensive lines in the country at Eastern Michigan and was All-MAC Second Team at tackle. He has the mental make-up and mechanics to last beyond the final roster cuts.

Carolina Panthers

Fred Ross, WR, Mississippi State

The Panthers got a bit of a steal by signing this 6-foot-1 and 213 pound receiver who can line-up all over the field for Carolina. He can become a solid possession time weapon in the Panthers offense. Keep a close on him during camp a name to remember.

Chicago Bears

Dieugot Joseph, OT, FIU

The Bears signed a very athletic tackle that originally arrived at FIU to play on the defensive side of the football. The coaching staff saw his potential and now he has a chance to make a solid contribution in Chicago. He possesses long arms and knows how to redirect opponents away from the ball. Excited to seem him develop in the Windy City.

Detroit Lions

Storm Norton, OL, Toledo

Massive offensive lineman with potential. The Lions were able to keep close tabs on the Rockets tackle being so close in Detroit. Agile enough deal with smaller quicker pass rushers. Good football IQ and coachable. Norton was voted team captain for the Rockets. He played right tackle at the East West Shrine game after spending two years at left tackle showing some versatility under fire down in St. Petes.

Green Bay Packers

Jonathan Calvin, DE, Mississippi State

His combination of speed and quickness along with the development of his pass rushing skills are going to be the bedrock of his NFL Draft value. Invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, scouting departments are well aware of his abilities and sharing their thoughts on what he needs to work on will help in the coming months. Another undrafted prospects to keep close eye on in Green Bay is Youngstown State defensive David Rivers.

Minnesota Vikings

R.J. Shelton, WR, Michigan State

Shelton was a team leader and MVP Voted the most valuable player (Governor’s Award) by his teammates his senior season, which speaks volumes to his locker room presence and importance to his teammates. Not a blazer and will need to show he has the legs to be an explosive player at the next level.

Arizona Cardinals

Ironhead Gallon, LB, Georgia Southern

Gallon will be looked to play safety again due to size restraints 5-foot-11 and 211 pounds. Possible NFL comparisons if a team wished to keep him at linebacker would be Los Angeles Rams Mark Barron and Arizona Cardinals Deone Bucannon in terms of size and ability. Dallas Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox another Georgia Southern alum who is not in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers.

San Francisco 49ers

KD Cannon, WR, Baylor

Cannon has a good shot at making a little noise in San Francisco. The WR core is far from being handcuffed at the starting spots. Now we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves and saying Cannon is going to start, but he can however, make a run at getting on the 53-man roster after camp.

Los Angeles Rams

Casey Sayles, DT, Ohio University

Sayles arrives with some strong competition but hopefully he can show his athleticism and ability by the time September rolls around. He had a ton of interest prior to the NFL Draft in part because of his hustle and upside.

Seattle Seahawks

Skyler Howard, QB, West Virginia

Seattle landed a real sleeper at quarterback and also a guy who fits perfectly in the Seahawks system. Howard is a ‘Gamer’ and odds have never been on his side but wins and production is what he leaves behind. Incumbent back-up Trevone Boykin off-field concerns leave an opening for Howard to seize.

Buffalo Bills

Rookie Watch

Adolphus Washington, DT, 3rd Round
Washington steps into the starting role in Rex Ryan defense in his rookie season. At Ohio State Washington, provided the Buckeyes with a high intensity player on the defensive interior. He has great hustle that is predicated on his versatility. He should be a bright spot for the Bills.

New York Jets

Rookie Watch

Jordan Jenkins, OLB, 3rd Round

Jenkins was the anchor to the Georgia Bulldogs defense being named a team captain and starting three years. Along with fellow rookie teammate Darron Lee (2016 1st Rd) the Jets have a young nucleus at the linebacker position. Jenkins currently is the teams starting outside linebacker and provides terrific sideline to sideline speed. The sure handed tackler should be heard often for making plays and being around the football.

Miami Dolphins

Rookie Watch

Laremy Tunsil, OT, 1st Round

It has been a rebuilding project of image and talent for Tunsil, since the facemask fill with pot videro aired the night of the 2016 NFL Draft. Athletically there are few who can match Tunsil and when he is focused he can be very special. Head coach Adam Gase will need to play extra attention to Tunsil both on and off the playing field. Miami has four former first round picks starting in their line-up that includes Brandon Albert (08′), Mike Pouncey (11′), Ja’Waun James (14′), and Tunsil.

New England Patriots

Rookie Watch

Joe Thuney, LG, 3rd Round

The former North Carolina State guard will work along side left tackle Nate Solder. Their early work will be to aid quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo into a safe working area as he replaces the suspended Tom Brady the first four games of the season. Thuney is versatile and was one of the players I thought did a very good job show casing that versatility at the East West Shrine this past January.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Rookie Watch

Jalen Ramsey, DB, 1st Round

Plenty of excitement surrounds the Jaguars heading into this season and deservingly so, with the possible potential on the current roster. Ramsey along with their first round pick Dante Fowler Jr. and second round pick this year Myles Jack the optimism is obvious. Personally thought Ramsey was the best prospect in this draft class and he proved at Florida State he can take over a game from the secondary. That is an impressive feat to accomplish.

Tennessee Titans

Rookie Watch

Tajae Sharpe, WR, 5th Round

Sharpe has done a superb job of adapting to the pro game in such a limited amount of time and by doing so he has placed former first round pick Kendall Wright, behind him on the teams depth chart. Derrick Henry is the big name rookie currently on the roster, but Sharpe should equal Henry’s impact on the field this season. Second year quarterback Marcus Mariota already appears to have a comfort with the former UMass receiver.

Indianapolis Colts

Rookie Watch

Antonio Morrison, LB,, 4th Round

D’Qwell Jackson has done a splendid job of eluding ‘Father Time’ over the course of his 10-year career. Morrison is a rangy linebacker who excels at zeroing in on his target. He has battled some injuries at Florida but the former Gator can flat out play when he is 100%. The Colts always could use another household name on the defensive unit. Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis were once the star of this defense. Freeney has been long gone as Mathis continues his high level of play.

Houston Texans

Rookie Watch

Will Fuller, WR, 1st Round

Sure he drops the ball from time to time, but he can get deep and feel he is a better route runner than he is given credit for. Fuller enters a offense as the first round pick with little pressure on him, due to the fact that DeAndre Hoplins and Jaelen Strong sit atop the depth chart. Fuller can ease into the position and then apply his speed to the slot and take the top off the defensive coverage.

Cleveland Browns

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Cincinnati Bengals

Rookie Watch

Clayton Fejedelem, S, 7th Round

This is a personal favorite and ever since seeing him at the East West Shrine Game, I felt pretty confident he would make the 53-man, regardless of what team he was selected to play for. He is the Kurt Coleman or Chris Maragos of the league. Walk-on player at college with a nose for the football, who is tucked on the bottle of the depth chart but give him time he’ll emerge.

Baltimore Ravens

Rookie Watch

Ronnie Stanley, LT, 1st Round

Not too much pressure for the former Notre Dame star offensive tackle. Just step in your rookie season to handle the blind side of the franchise quarterback, who is coming off an ACL injury. Stanley will face his ups-and-downs this season like any other rookie, but he has shown good consistent reps in camp. Ozzie Newsome hopes this is a 10-year plug and play guy from the get go.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Rookie Watch

Javon Hargrave, DT, 3nd Round

Hargrave has been impressive during training camp and the preseason. If you pay close attention the final product of Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Hargrave give the Steelers and very fierce front on the defensive line. He will gain more and more time with the starters as the season progresses, but he serves as an ideal piece to defensive unit.

Denver Broncos

Rookie Watch

Devontar Booker, RB, 4th Round

The Broncos got a steal in the fourth round and this also coincides why I so strongly disagree with Dallas Cowboys selecting Ezekiel Elliott being the fourth overall in the entire draft. With so many other needs the Cowboys should have grabbed a guy with Booker’s potential and addressed their punch less defensive unit. Booker should eat into the carries C.J Anderson until he finally secures the starting job in Denver, I’d say by Week 6.

Oakland Raiders

Rookie Watch

Jihad Ward, DT, 2nd Round

Sadly, one of the most exciting things I looked forward to watching in the NFL this season was the progress made by the trio of youngsters on the Raiders defensive line. Khalil Mack, Mario Edwards and Ward were the object of affection in my eyes. Edwards was placed on the IR with a chance to return later in the season but our initial glance to the future will be placed on hold until them. Ward has done a great job in camp and brings versatility to the position. He can plug the whole as well as disrupt the passing game with great efficiency.

San Diego Chargers

Rookie Watch

Hunter Henry, TE, 2nd Round

Antonio Gates outlasted Ladarius Green who was in a prime position to wrangle the starting job away from the future Hall of Fame tight end. Gates still sits atop the depth chart and continues to excel at being the trusted target to Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers. Enter Henry, the second round pick out of Arkansas who possesses the run catching ability the Chargers offense had made famous for tight ends over the Gates tenure. Keep your eye on the future as Henry embarks into his rookie season.

Kansas City Chiefs

 Rookie Watch

Tyreek Hill, WR, 5th Round

Hill possesses a very rare speed even the faster players in the league would envy. He has some issues off the field in college that almost derailed his chances of making it in the NFL. His impact will not be enormous, but Hill should receive enough touches to ignite the crowd and earn some highlight time in the Chiefs offensive scheme.

Washington Redskins

Rookie Watch

Su’a Cravens, LB, 2nd Round

The Washington Redskins will work Cravens into the line-up along the same ideology that Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams employ Deone Bucaanon and Mark Barron. Both drafting as safeties but have become the new hybrid linebacker. Cravens fits the criteria and will look to earn snaps behind Mason Foster.

Philadelphia Eagles

Rookie Watch

Carson Wentz, QB, 1st Round

Wentz from possibly being inactive for the start of the season, to now jumped over Chase Daniel as the starting Eagles quarterback, after Sam Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings. Wentz was the second overall pick in the entire draft and plenty of observers felt he could easily been the No. 1 pick overall. He’ll rely heavy on Ryan Mathews early on before he gains confidence to go down field.

New York Giants

Rookie Watch

Darian Thompson, FS, 3rd Round

The New York Giants ranked last in total defense last season and Thompson will be needed desperately. The Giants added plenty of defensive help via fee agency and Thompson will be a critical piece to resurrect the defense. He closes to the ball quickly and has spent time at both free and strong safety. Thompson leaves Boise State as an two-time first team All-MWC (2014-15) safety.

Dallas Cowboys

Rookie Watch

Dak Prescott, QB, 4th Round

One tackle made by Cliff Avril on quarterback Tony Romo, changed the future of Prescott. He has a fantastic preseason and now he’ll have zero time to sit behind Romo since he is going to miss a large portion if not the entire 2016 NFL season. Prescott has athletic ability to suit his mental toughness thus far to give the Cowboys some early hope.

New Orleans Saint

Rookie Watch

Michael Thomas, WR, 2nd Round

Thomas is in position to be an off the radar Rookie of the Year candidate. Thomas possesses great size and I love his fight for the football. When you place him in the New Orleans Saints offense it seems logical that he’ll be able to make an early impact.


Atlanta Falcons

 Rookie Watch

Deion Jones, LB, 2nd Round

The LSU Tigers will miss the intense hustle Jones now brings the Falcons. He is a fast and explosive player who excels at finding the football play after play. Rarely out of position he knows his gaps and stands atop the depth chart in Atlanta. Head coach Dan Quinn knows defense and Jones will be relied on to be the next Jesse Tuggle.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rookie Watch

Noah Spence, DE, 2nd Round

Spence originally committed to Ohio State, but he eventually had to transfer to Eastern Kentucky after being suspended and eventually declared ineligible after failing two drug tests. He has changed his ways and I feel he is as good as talent as those taken in the top ten of the 2016 NFL Draft. Nothing was more pleasing than seeing this young man dominate the Senior Bowl practices and has since continued his level of play in training camp and the preseason.

Carolina Panthers

Rookie Watch

James Bradberry, DB, 2nd Round

The Carolina Panthers currently have zero offensive rookies on their roster offensively. That is not the same case when it comes to the defense where two rookies are placed atop the depth chart. Bradberry and third round pick Daryl Worley will play a vital role in the out come of how the Panthers season eventually turns out. With Josh Norman off to the Washington Redskins the void is large.

Chicago Bears

Rookie Watch

Leonard Floyd, OLB, 1st Round

Long, lean and athletic is the description of Floyd. Seeing him in the final preseason game in Cleveland against the Browns you take notice of his quickness and ability to get behind the offensive line. The Bears are desperate for a new defensive identity and Floyd is going to be the guy given the first shot at the title.

Detroit Lions

 Rookie Watch

Taylor Decker, LT, 1st Round

Decker finds himself playing left tackle and will face the best defensive lineman snap after snap to protect Matthew Stafford and provide potency to the ground game. Decker has a bit nasty and I like that of every offensive lineman. The Lions are sneaky good and could make some noise in the NFC North and a lot of that success will be due to the play on the left side of the offensive line.

Green Bay Packers

Rookie Watch

Blake Martinez, LB, 4th Round

The rookie has already been given the starting job and he’ll be calling the plays in the Green Bay huddle on the defensive side of the football. Martinez reacts quickly and changes direction very smoothly. He is able to get to the sideline and takes pride in attacking the ball carrier. He is going to be fun to watch in the Packers defense.

Minnesota Vikings

Rookie Watch

Laquon Treadwell, WR, 1st Round

The acquisition of Sam Bradford, only increases the value of Treadwell in my humble observation. Bradford will be able to get the football vertical and Treadwell should really thrive having a seasoned veteran under center and add the fact that Adrian Peterson draws the defense to the line of scrimmage, there is a strong possibility Treadwell emerges as a star in 2016. Remember he was not at all to pleased being selected behind the other receivers taken in the first round. He’ll play with a chip on his shoulder.

Arizona Cardinals

Rookie Watch

Marqui Christian, SS, 5th Round

The former Midwestern State safety is the ‘poor man’ version of Jalen Ramsey. That is why I wanted to make sure we addressed his upside and potential as he is tucked beneath the giant names of Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Christian can play defensive back or safety and has terrific size and athleticism. Exciting to see this young man emerge on the NFL landscape and move up the ladder.

San Francisco 49ers

Rookie Watch

DeForest Buckner, DE, 1st Round

Chip Kelly continued his Oregon Duck craving by selecting Buckner in the first round. Buckner is a force and the days of Justin Smith seem like decades ago and also coincided with the 49ers success that has quickly evaporated. The defense is absent of Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith is gone as well, so the void is left to be filled and San Francisco hopes he’ll seize the job as the leader of the defense.

Los Angeles Rams

Rookie Watch

Tyler Higbee, TE, 4th Round

Several years have past and I have always fallen for the hype of the now Los Angeles Rams. Jared Goff is poised to become the starting quarterback and Todd Gurley displayed his incredible running ability last season so the next name on the list to eye up is none other than Higbee. He is a pass catching tight end with great size and speed. He’ll be the target Goff looks to the most as the duo grows together in the league.

Seattle Seahawks

Skyler Howard, QB West Virginia

Howard fits the mold and attitude of the Seattle Seahawks. With back-up Trevone Boykin off the field issues and the immense upside with Howard do not be surprised to see this undrafted pitbull seize the moment.

Buffalo Bills

Rookie Watch

Adolphus Washington, DT, 3rd Round
Washington steps into the starting role in Rex Ryan defense in his rookie season. At Ohio State Washington, provided the Buckeyes with a high intensity player on the defensive interior. He has great hustle that is predicated on his versatility. He should be a bright spot for the Bills.

New York Jets

Rookie Watch

Jordan Jenkins, OLB, 3rd Round

Jenkins was the anchor to the Georgia Bulldogs defense being named a team captain and starting three years. Along with fellow rookie teammate Darron Lee (2016 1st Rd) the Jets have a young nucleus at the linebacker position. Jenkins currently is the teams starting outside linebacker and provides terrific sideline to sideline speed. The sure handed tackler should be heard often for making plays and being around the football.

Miami Dolphins

Rookie Watch

Laremy Tunsil, OT, 1st Round

It has been a rebuilding project of image and talent for Tunsil, since the facemask fill with pot videro aired the night of the 2016 NFL Draft. Athletically there are few who can match Tunsil and when he is focused he can be very special. Head coach Adam Gase will need to play extra attention to Tunsil both on and off the playing field. Miami has four former first round picks starting in their line-up that includes Brandon Albert (08′), Mike Pouncey (11′), Ja’Waun James (14′), and Tunsil.

New England Patriots

Rookie Watch

Joe Thuney, LG, 3rd Round

The former North Carolina State guard will work along side left tackle Nate Solder. Their early work will be to aid quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo into a safe working area as he replaces the suspended Tom Brady the first four games of the season. Thuney is versatile and was one of the players I thought did a very good job show casing that versatility at the East West Shrine this past January.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Rookie Watch

Jalen Ramsey, DB, 1st Round

Plenty of excitement surrounds the Jaguars heading into this season and deservingly so, with the possible potential on the current roster. Ramsey along with their first round pick Dante Fowler Jr. and second round pick this year Myles Jack the optimism is obvious. Personally thought Ramsey was the best prospect in this draft class and he proved at Florida State he can take over a game from the secondary. That is an impressive feat to accomplish.

Tennessee Titans

Rookie Watch

Tajae Sharpe, WR, 5th Round

Sharpe has done a superb job of adapting to the pro game in such a limited amount of time and by doing so he has placed former first round pick Kendall Wright, behind him on the teams depth chart. Derrick Henry is the big name rookie currently on the roster, but Sharpe should equal Henry’s impact on the field this season. Second year quarterback Marcus Mariota already appears to have a comfort with the former UMass receiver.

Indianapolis Colts

Rookie Watch

Antonio Morrison, LB,, 4th Round

D’Qwell Jackson has done a splendid job of eluding ‘Father Time’ over the course of his 10-year career. Morrison is a rangy linebacker who excels at zeroing in on his target. He has battled some injuries at Florida but the former Gator can flat out play when he is 100%. The Colts always could use another household name on the defensive unit. Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis were once the star of this defense. Freeney has been long gone as Mathis continues his high level of play.

Houston Texans

Rookie Watch

Will Fuller, WR, 1st Round

Sure he drops the ball from time to time, but he can get deep and feel he is a better route runner than he is given credit for. Fuller enters a offense as the first round pick with little pressure on him, due to the fact that DeAndre Hoplins and Jaelen Strong sit atop the depth chart. Fuller can ease into the position and then apply his speed to the slot and take the top off the defensive coverage.

Cleveland Browns

Rookie Watch

Emmanuel Ogbah, OLB, 2nd Round

Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo were supposed to be the Browns long-term solution at outside linebacker. Kruger was released and plays for the New Orleans Saints and Mingo was traded to the New England Patriots. Ogbah now enters the position with the second round tag next to his name so expectations will be high for him to produce. His college tape reveals a young man who possesses an extremely intense motor. He is just fun to watch.

Cincinnati Bengals

Rookie Watch

Clayton Fejedelem, S, 7th Round

This is a personal favorite and ever since seeing him at the East West Shrine Game, I felt pretty confident he would make the 53-man, regardless of what team he was selected to play for. He is the Kurt Coleman or Chris Maragos of the league. Walk-on player at college with a nose for the football, who is tucked on the bottle of the depth chart but give him time he’ll emerge.

Baltimore Ravens

Rookie Watch

Ronnie Stanley, LT, 1st Round

Not too much pressure for the former Notre Dame star offensive tackle. Just step in your rookie season to handle the blind side of the franchise quarterback, who is coming off an ACL injury. Stanley will face his ups-and-downs this season like any other rookie, but he has shown good consistent reps in camp. Ozzie Newsome hopes this is a 10-year plug and play guy from the get go.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Rookie Watch

Javon Hargrave, DT, 3nd Round

Hargrave has been impressive during training camp and the preseason. If you pay close attention the final product of Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Hargrave give the Steelers and very fierce front on the defensive line. He will gain more and more time with the starters as the season progresses, but he serves as an ideal piece to defensive unit.

Denver Broncos

Rookie Watch

Devontar Booker, RB, 4th Round

The Broncos got a steal in the fourth round and this also coincides why I so strongly disagree with Dallas Cowboys selecting Ezekiel Elliott being the fourth overall in the entire draft. With so many other needs the Cowboys should have grabbed a guy with Booker’s potential and addressed their punch less defensive unit. Booker should eat into the carries C.J Anderson until he finally secures the starting job in Denver, I’d say by Week 6.

Oakland Raiders

Rookie Watch

Jihad Ward, DT, 2nd Round

Sadly, one of the most exciting things I looked forward to watching in the NFL this season was the progress made by the trio of youngsters on the Raiders defensive line. Khalil Mack, Mario Edwards and Ward were the object of affection in my eyes. Edwards was placed on the IR with a chance to return later in the season but our initial glance to the future will be placed on hold until them. Ward has done a great job in camp and brings versatility to the position. He can plug the whole as well as disrupt the passing game with great efficiency.

San Diego Chargers

Rookie Watch

Hunter Henry, TE, 2nd Round

Antonio Gates outlasted Ladarius Green who was in a prime position to wrangle the starting job away from the future Hall of Fame tight end. Gates still sits atop the depth chart and continues to excel at being the trusted target to Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers. Enter Henry, the second round pick out of Arkansas who possesses the run catching ability the Chargers offense had made famous for tight ends over the Gates tenure. Keep your eye on the future as Henry embarks into his rookie season.

Kansas City Chiefs

 Rookie Watch

Tyreek Hill, WR, 5th Round

Hill possesses a very rare speed even the faster players in the league would envy. He has some issues off the field in college that almost derailed his chances of making it in the NFL. His impact will not be enormous, but Hill should receive enough touches to ignite the crowd and earn some highlight time in the Chiefs offensive scheme.

Washington Redskins

Rookie Watch

Su’a Cravens, LB, 2nd Round

The Washington Redskins will work Cravens into the line-up along the same ideology that Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams employ Deone Bucaanon and Mark Barron. Both drafting as safeties but have become the new hybrid linebacker. Cravens fits the criteria and will look to earn snaps behind Mason Foster.

Philadelphia Eagles

Rookie Watch

Carson Wentz, QB, 1st Round

Wentz from possibly being inactive for the start of the season, to now jumped over Chase Daniel as the starting Eagles quarterback, after Sam Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings. Wentz was the second overall pick in the entire draft and plenty of observers felt he could easily been the No. 1 pick overall. He’ll rely heavy on Ryan Mathews early on before he gains confidence to go down field.

New York Giants

Rookie Watch

Darian Thompson, FS, 3rd Round

The New York Giants ranked last in total defense last season and Thompson will be needed desperately. The Giants added plenty of defensive help via fee agency and Thompson will be a critical piece to resurrect the defense. He closes to the ball quickly and has spent time at both free and strong safety. Thompson leaves Boise State as an two-time first team All-MWC (2014-15) safety.

Dallas Cowboys

Rookie Watch

Dak Prescott, QB, 4th Round

One tackle made by Cliff Avril on quarterback Tony Romo, changed the future of Prescott. He has a fantastic preseason and now he’ll have zero time to sit behind Romo since he is going to miss a large portion if not the entire 2016 NFL season. Prescott has athletic ability to suit his mental toughness thus far to give the Cowboys some early hope.

New Orleans Saint

Rookie Watch

Michael Thomas, WR, 2nd Round

Thomas is in position to be an off the radar Rookie of the Year candidate. Thomas possesses great size and I love his fight for the football. When you place him in the New Orleans Saints offense it seems logical that he’ll be able to make an early impact.


Atlanta Falcons

 Rookie Watch

Deion Jones, LB, 2nd Round

The LSU Tigers will miss the intense hustle Jones now brings the Falcons. He is a fast and explosive player who excels at finding the football play after play. Rarely out of position he knows his gaps and stands atop the depth chart in Atlanta. Head coach Dan Quinn knows defense and Jones will be relied on to be the next Jesse Tuggle.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rookie Watch

Noah Spence, DE, 2nd Round

Spence originally committed to Ohio State, but he eventually had to transfer to Eastern Kentucky after being suspended and eventually declared ineligible after failing two drug tests. He has changed his ways and I feel he is as good as talent as those taken in the top ten of the 2016 NFL Draft. Nothing was more pleasing than seeing this young man dominate the Senior Bowl practices and has since continued his level of play in training camp and the preseason.

Carolina Panthers

Rookie Watch

James Bradberry, DB, 2nd Round

The Carolina Panthers currently have zero offensive rookies on their roster offensively. That is not the same case when it comes to the defense where two rookies are placed atop the depth chart. Bradberry and third round pick Daryl Worley will play a vital role in the out come of how the Panthers season eventually turns out. With Josh Norman off to the Washington Redskins the void is large.

Chicago Bears

Rookie Watch

Leonard Floyd, OLB, 1st Round

Long, lean and athletic is the description of Floyd. Seeing him in the final preseason game in Cleveland against the Browns you take notice of his quickness and ability to get behind the offensive line. The Bears are desperate for a new defensive identity and Floyd is going to be the guy given the first shot at the title.

Detroit Lions

 Rookie Watch

Taylor Decker, LT, 1st Round

Decker finds himself playing left tackle and will face the best defensive lineman snap after snap to protect Matthew Stafford and provide potency to the ground game. Decker has a bit nasty and I like that of every offensive lineman. The Lions are sneaky good and could make some noise in the NFC North and a lot of that success will be due to the play on the left side of the offensive line.

Green Bay Packers

Rookie Watch

Blake Martinez, LB, 4th Round

The rookie has already been given the starting job and he’ll be calling the plays in the Green Bay huddle on the defensive side of the football. Martinez reacts quickly and changes direction very smoothly. He is able to get to the sideline and takes pride in attacking the ball carrier. He is going to be fun to watch in the Packers defense.

Minnesota Vikings

Rookie Watch

Laquon Treadwell, WR, 1st Round

The acquisition of Sam Bradford, only increases the value of Treadwell in my humble observation. Bradford will be able to get the football vertical and Treadwell should really thrive having a seasoned veteran under center and add the fact that Adrian Peterson draws the defense to the line of scrimmage, there is a strong possibility Treadwell emerges as a star in 2016. Remember he was not at all to pleased being selected behind the other receivers taken in the first round. He’ll play with a chip on his shoulder.

Arizona Cardinals

Rookie Watch

Marqui Christian, SS, 5th Round

The former Midwestern State safety is the ‘poor man’ version of Jalen Ramsey. That is why I wanted to make sure we addressed his upside and potential as he is tucked beneath the giant names of Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Christian can play defensive back or safety and has terrific size and athleticism. Exciting to see this young man emerge on the NFL landscape and move up the ladder.

San Francisco 49ers

Rookie Watch

DeForest Buckner, DE, 1st Round

Chip Kelly continued his Oregon Duck craving by selecting Buckner in the first round. Buckner is a force and the days of Justin Smith seem like decades ago and also coincided with the 49ers success that has quickly evaporated. The defense is absent of Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith is gone as well, so the void is left to be filled and San Francisco hopes he’ll seize the job as the leader of the defense.

Los Angeles Rams

Rookie Watch

Tyler Higbee, TE, 4th Round

Several years have past and I have always fallen for the hype of the now Los Angeles Rams. Jared Goff is poised to become the starting quarterback and Todd Gurley displayed his incredible running ability last season so the next name on the list to eye up is none other than Higbee. He is a pass catching tight end with great size and speed. He’ll be the target Goff looks to the most as the duo grows together in the league.

Seattle Seahawks

Rookie Watch

Alex Collins, RB, 5th Round

The Seattle Seahawks are superb in talent evaluation and hitting on guys who fit their system to perfection. Collins, C.J. Prosise, Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael are stand on the verge of being ‘The Guy’ in the Seattle backfield. Collins may have the long-term edge on the competitors.

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