2014 NFL Draft: Instant Impact Offensive Rookies

2014 NFL Draft: Instant Impact Offensive Rookies

NFL Draft Impact Players
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When a team drafts a player, whether it's in the first round, the second round or even the seventh round, they are hoping to get production in year one from that player in most situations. Obviously though, it almost never seems to work out that way in the NFL, or in most sports for that matter.

This year though, we have an incredibly strong draft class. Here's a look at three players at QB, RB, and WR who should make an instant impact.

3. Teddy Bridgewater, QB

Teddy Bridgewater
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3. Teddy Bridgewater, QB

Teddy Bridgewater
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I'm taking a flyer here on Bridgewater under the assumption that he may very well end up being one of the top quarterbacks taken early in the second round, or possibly in a situation where a team trades up late into the first to take him. The real flyer though is the fact that no one seems to know where his stock actually stands.

2. Johnny Manziel, QB

Johnny Manziel
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2. Johnny Manziel, QB

Johnny Manziel
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Manziel is going to end up pushing for a starting job no matter where he lands, and I think his talent and will to win is going to get him that starting job as well. He's a playmaker with both his arm and his legs, and I'm excited to see where he gets drafted.

1. Blake Bortles, QB

Blake Bortles
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1. Blake Bortles, QB

Blake Bortles
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Bortles has all of the makings of a strong NFL quarterback, and if he ends up in the right spot, then he's going to be incredibly good. I could see him having the best career out of any of the quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft.

3. Bishop Sankey, RB

Bishop Sankey
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3. Bishop Sankey, RB

Bishop Sankey
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Sankey has very good hands, but the key to his success in my opinion is going to be his ability to find the open holes and use his blockers well. He's very good at both of these things, and that's huge for a running back in the NFL, especially a rookie.

2. Carlos Hyde, RB

Carlos Hyde
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2. Carlos Hyde, RB

Carlos Hyde
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I think Hyde is the best pure running back talent in this class, and he'll probably be the first back taken off of the board. I could see him landing in a great spot also because he'll be a second-round pick to a team who needs a back and is looking for their future workhorse.

1. Tre Mason, RB

Tre Mason
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1. Tre Mason, RB

Tre Mason
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The running back group this year isn't getting a ton of attention, and while I don't believe that Mason is the best pure running back out of the group, I think he's the best playmaker. Whichever team takes Mason is going to get him into spots where he can make plays, and that's going to be key to having an impact for this rookie running back class.

3. Mike Evans, WR

Mike Evans
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3. Mike Evans, WR

Mike Evans
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Evans' ability to go up and get a jump ball is scary good. He actually bailed Johnny Manziel out quite a bit during their time at Texas A&M, and he'll make some quarterback's job a whole lot easier at the next level. Expect to hear Evans' name often in 2014.

2. Brandin Cooks, WR

Brandin Cooks
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2. Brandin Cooks, WR

Brandin Cooks
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Many will be surprised to see Cooks listed above Evans here. This by no means is me saying that Cooks should be drafted above Evans, but in terms of year one wide receivers, I think that his upside is going to be ridiculous. Cooks is also going to be in a spot where he'll be playing for a team that should have weapons to make his life a bit easier, and his speed is going to help him at the next level.

1. Sammy Watkins, WR

Sammy Watkins
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1. Sammy Watkins, WR

Sammy Watkins
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Watkins is the obvious choice at number one, he literally can do pretty much anything that you could imagine from a wide receiver. He absolutely dominated at times during his time with the Clemson Tigers, and I believe that he's going to be the biggest instant impact player in this draft.

Jeff Smith is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSM8ith, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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