The NFL has had its fair share of impact rookies the past few years, so chances are at least a few in 2013 will leave their mark. Most of the first round draft picks this year were non-skilled positions, but they can still make an impact and help a team win a few extra games. Here are five ready to do just that.
The first wide receiver off the board will get plenty of playing time right away for the St. Louis Rams. The team might still be a year or two away from truly competing, but Austin and quarterback Sam Bradford could really create a nice bond.
Austin has all the tools to be an impact player from day one, with the only drawback being his size. Still, expect Austin to have a great rookie season.
It is easy to predict that the #1 pick in the draft will have a solid season, but it is not going to be extremely easy for Eric Fisher from day one. He is a better left tackle, but the Chiefs already have Branden Albert at that position. Fisher will start at right tackle, and that position will be important to help the Chiefs get back to being playoff contenders and to make the Chiefs’ D sought after in fantasy football.
It is hard to replace a legend, but that is what the Baltimore Ravens are hoping Arthur Brown can do. The linebacker, along with fellow rookie Matt Elam, will try to get the Ravens back to be being a top rated defense in the NFL. If the Ravens plan on making it back to the Super Bowl, they better get results from Brown.
It is just too easy to label Star a star, but he could be a key piece for the Carolina Panthers if they have hopes of turning around after a terrible 2012 campaign. Lotulelei should start at defensive tackle right away, and his versatility will allow him to cause a lot of trouble.
Sometimes, where a player gets drafted makes all the difference in the world. Ball might not be the most talented running back in this year’s draft, but the Denver Broncos need help. He is about their only healthy and capable option. Look for him to get a lot of touches, especially in the red zone.