NFL draftees looking to make instant impact

Lane Penley, Sport's Editor

The NFL draft gives college players that have made a significant impact in the NCAA  an opportunity to carry over their talents to the professional level. For most players, they will be focused on trying to make the final 53-man roster when the pre-season games roll around. But, for a few select players, they will immediately be a very influential part of their team. These players were the very elite of college football, and they are expected to have similar success in the league.


Top Quarterbacks:

Kyler Murray- Arizona Cardinals

Daniel Jones- New York Giants

Dwayne Haskins- Washington Redskins

Drew Lock- Denver Broncos

Will Grier- Carolina Panthers


This is a tough position to truly decide who will make the biggest impact in their rookie season, but it mainly comes down to not who is better, but to which team was lacking talent in that spot coming in to the draft. For that reason, I am going with Kyler Murray. With the Josh Rosen trade to Miami, the Cardinals have made it clear they intend for Murray to start from the get go.  This gives him an immediate opportunity to make an impact. He has consistently shown at Oklahoma that he is capable of making big plays under pressure, which is a very important trait to have in the league. His smaller stature makes his feet quick and nimble, and he can snake through an opponents defensive line and once he gets up to top speed, there is no stopping him. Murray is the perfect breath of fresh air for the struggling Cardinals team that showed no electricity on offense in the 2018 season.


Top Running Backs:

Josh Jacobs- Oakland Raiders

Miles Sanders- Philadelphia Eagles

Darrell Henderson- Los Angeles Rams

David Montgomery- Chicago Bears

Devin Singletary- Buffalo Bills


The running back position did not showcase as many high-profile players this year in the draft, and most teams were not necessarily looking to find a franchise running-back out of the ones who were available this year. But just a couple days after the draft, the Raiders starting RB Isaiah Crowell went down for the entire season after suffering a torn achilles, meaning that Josh Jacobs will more than likely now step in as RB1. At Alabama, the position was a spot that the team was very deep in talent at, but Jacobs still found a way to make an impact every time he touched the football. He runs like a tank and is a threat going outside of the line or through it. Look for Jacobs to fill the shoes of Crowell and please the Black Hole in 2019.


Wide Receivers:

Marquise Brown- Baltimore Ravens

N’Keal Harry- New England Patriots

Deebo Samuel- San Francisco 49ers

A.J. Brown- Tennessee Titans

Mecole Hardman- Kansas City Chiefs


This year’s draft was stacked with talent at the wide receiver spot. There were many promising ones drafted and most will get to see some action at some point in the season. N’Keal Harry was a star at Arizona State and shows great ability to go up and grab the football with his length, speed, and strength. Another thing that will play in his favor will be the simple fact that Tom Brady will be throwing him the football. So you can bet that he feels very fortunate to be gifted with that. The Patriots seem to utilize their receivers very well and do a great job of developing them into better players by reducing drops and increasing yards after the catch. With the retirement of Gronkowski, it is only fitting that Tom Brady is reloaded with another great weapon to target.