7 NFL Rookies to Watch this Year
There are some NFL fans who love the pre-season because it gives us a glimpse of what is to come during the regular season. For most fans, however, the pre-season is boring because the games don't have the same star power as the regular season games do. Most of the stars don't play, as the rookies and free agents are leaving everything on the field in hopes of taking their first steps to stardom, making the 53-man roster. Watch for these 7 NFL rookies, who will make an immediate impact this year.
7. Jamal Adams, S, Jets
Jamal Adams should fill a big hole in the secondary for the New York Jets after they traded Calvin Pryor to the Cleveland Browns in the off-season. The Jets are going to utilize Adams' athleticism by having him roam the field the same way he did at LSU. Look for Jamal Adams to record several sacks, interceptions and big hits this year.
6. DeShaun Watson, QB, Texans
Rookie quarterbacks usually struggle in the NFL, but few of them are set up to succeed like DeShaun Watson. The Houston Texans have an excellent offense with Lamar Miller at running back and DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver. The balanced offensive attack should give Watson plenty of time in the pocket to find an open receiver. If the play breaks down, then Watson can always take off for a big run.
5. Corey Davis, WR, Titans
Corey Davis was one of the most explosive players in college football with 33 touchdowns in his last two years at Western Michigan. The Tennessee Titans possess one of the best rushing attacks in the league, so Davis should see a lot of single coverage. Since his excellent speed makes him nearly impossible to cover, Corey Davis should easily tally several long touchdowns this year.
4. Mitch Trubisky, QB, Bears
Mitch Trubisky is supposed to be the future of the Chicago Bears franchise, and it looks like he may get to help the team win games this season. Trubisky has looked amazing in the pre-season while Mike Glennon looks completely incompetent. Everyone doubted the Bears when they selected Trubisky with the second overall pick, so it will be fun to watch him attempt to prove his doubters wrong on a very bad Bears team.
3. Myles Garrett, DE, Browns
Myles Garrett was an unstoppable force at Texas A&M, which earned him a trip to Cleveland as the top overall pick in the 2017 draft. Cleveland may be the laughing stock of professional football, but they have quietly built a solid defense. This will prevent Garrett from getting double teamed, so he should easily lead all rookies in sacks this year.
2. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars
Leonard Fournette proved he is an absolute freak on the field during his short time at LSU. He is a threat to score a touchdown every time he touches the ball. The only things that can stop Fournette from being one of the lead leaders in rushing are injuries and the poor offensive line in Jacksonville.
1. Christian McCaffery, RB, Panthers
Christian McCaffery is one of the rare running backs with hands of a wide receiver and the powerful body of a running back. Operating the zone rushing scheme in Carolina with Cam Newton will give McCaffery plenty of space to gain yardage on the ground and through the air. He may be young, but nothing can stop McCaffery from being one of the best dual threat running backs in the league.