Impact Rookies NFL Draft 2013

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June 17, 2013 by Ell and Mike Sports

Teams Impact Rookies
Cardinals Ell: Although Tyrann Mathieu would be the interesting pick, the impact rookie should be Guard Jonathan Cooper out of UNC. He is an athletic lineman who should help solidify Arizona’s overall O-line and run game.

Mike: With one of the worst O-lines in football last year, the Cardinals picked the right time to take the best guard in the draft, Johnathan Cooper. He will not only bring his size, but intelligence to an O-line that didn’t do so well provide run lanes or pass coverage last year. Go Coop Go, say it Cards fans lol.

Falcons Ell: CB Desmond Trufant out of the University of Washington should be a starter from day 1 with the Falcons current secondary situation. I believe Trufant has the speed and cover skills to take over the #1 corner spot for years to come and help the defense try to keep up with the offense.

Mike: With their explosive offense the Falcons had to build their defense through the draft this year. Desmond Trufant out of Washington was much needed with the exits of CBs Brent Crimes and Dunta Robinson. He is young and should learn quickly from Ashante Samuel. The Falcons secondary should be much improved this year with two ball hawking corners.

Ravens Ell: Free Safety Matt Elam out of the University of Florida was the best safety in the draft in my opinion. Elam is a small, but hard-hitting physical safety who will have big shoes to fill with the departure of FS Ed Reed.

Mike: I really love the Arthur Brown pick. The LB out of Kansas State has a nose for the football. He makes plays and is great from sideline to sideline. Brown will need to work on his block shredding to be elite in the NFL but has a lot of intangibles and skills to be a solid LB.

Bills Ell: Wide Receiver Robert Woods out of USC has good speed and route running. He knows how to get open and just create plays in space with his quickness. Woods should be able to claim the #2 WR spot across from Stevie Johnson. If he’s put in the slot, that could also open the door for him to showcase his talents.

Mike: While I didn’t agree with the Bills selection of E.J. Manuel out of Florida State over Geno Smith, I can see why they did. Manuel has great size at 6’5 240. He has a great arm, with above average accuracy. His biggest setbacks are how quickly he will adjust to a pro-style offense and will his turnovers carry over to the NFL, but Manuel also has good mobility. If Manuel can lower his turnovers and pick up the O quick, Stevie Johnson will be a very happy WR.

Panthers Ell: With a huge hold in the middle of their D-line, Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei out of Utah will be the impact rookie for the Panthers. He has the strength and massive body to take on double teams while the athletic linebackers behind him are free to make plays. They should feel lucky injury concerns allowed them to fill a need with a star player.

Mike: Star Lotulelei from Utah has to be the best pick for Carolina since Luke Kuechly. He will provide space for Luke to work and provide pressure up the middle. The middle of the panthers D-line has been unproductive for the past few seasons. He will get rid of that omen. The Samoan show has landed, Cam doesn’t have to plat defense and offense this year lol.

Bears Ell: The Bears have already made moves prior to the draft via trade and former draft picks to sure up the O-line. The addition of Kyle Long out of Oregon at Guard should complete the transition of youth into the O-line; as he brings the toughness and athleticism you expect in an NFL caliber guard. He is a raw prospect, so he will need coaching, but he is their future at guard and should contribute to the run game immediately

.Mike: I know Jay Cutler was happy about the pick of Kyle Long, the guard out of Oregon. The Bears O-line was not as bad as years past last season, but it needed improvement. The son of Howie Long will bring toughness, athleticism, and youth to the O-line and bring solid pass protection and run protection, which he did well at Oregon. Look for Forte to gash between the tackles more this year.

Bengals Ell: Running back Giovani Bernard out of UNC should help provide an immediate boost to the Bengals run game as the home run hitter. Despite his size, Bernard has the quickness, vision, and hands to take the starting spot from RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis sometime this season; being the more complete back. However, this pick in no way takes away from what I think TE Tyler Eifert will also bring.

Mike: There is no question the Bengals needed more weapons on offense with defenses focusing their attention on AJ Green. TE Tyler Eifert out of Notre Dame was clearly the best college football last year will definitely take some pressure off AJ. While he has great size, he has even better athleticism and his hands are great. Jermaine Gresham will not be the starting tight end when the season starts, barring injury.

Browns Ell: The Browns didn’t leave much to choose from, but DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo out of LSU should provide an immediate impact as a pass rusher as most teams will aim to double team the highly paid OLB Paul Kruger. Mingo has the speed and athleticism to make the switch to linebacker and after a pro style defense at LSU should be ready to make noise next season.

Mike: Barkevious Mingo may be undersized but is an explosive DE from LSU. Combined with Paul Kruger, they could become a deadly combination with some great coaching and added repertoire to Mingo’s skills.

Cowboys Ell: Center Travis Frederick out of Wisconsin is the impact rookie for the Cowboys. Despite being considered a reach, he should help solidify an O-line with need in the interior especially center. He is a blue collar tough lineman like most Wisconsin lineman and has good size for the position. He should be QB Tony Romo’s center for a long time to come.

Mike: Terrence Williams out of Baylor will be a good WR for the Cowboys. He has great hands and will go get the ball. He’s not very fast, but he’s reliable. Williams will fight for the 4th WR spot on the team but could jump to number 3. With the number of injuries at WR the past few seasons he might get even more playing time. My sleeper in this draft will not be slept on after this year.

Broncos Ell: Running back Montee Ball out of Wisconsin is a small, but powerful runner with good vision almost built in the mold of RB Willis McGahee. With the injuries at running back and RB Ronnie Hillman best as a 3rd down back, this leaves the door open for Ball to see a significant amount of carries and possibly take over the load as lead back.

Mike: The Broncos get my top rated running back, Montee Ball in the second round. Ball has the best vision out of any back in this draft and is a great short yardage runner. A touchdown machine in college, Ball has a nose for the end zone. Manning will love this guy.

Lions Ell: Guard Larry Warford out of Kentucky is a huge lineman who should be the starter from Day 1 at the right guard position. He has the strength and footwork to open up big holes for the run game that the Lions have never been able to get consistency out of, this should change.  Although the Lions have a young, questionable line Warford should be a bright spot.

Mike: Darius Slay out of Miss St. should be a welcomed addition to the secondary that Aaron Rodgers has ripped apart the last few years. Slay is big and physical, I had him rated close to Milliner as he went up against the same competition and had more picks than Milliner. Slay fell because of a meniscus problem in his knee. If all is well with his knee, watch out.

Packers Ell: DE/DT Datone Jones from UCLA is an athletic inside/outside defender on the D-line making him a good fit for the 3-4 system. The Packers have been in need of more push from their D-line outside of NT BJ Raji since Cullen Jenkins left and Jones should be ready to deliver.

Mike: Eddie Lacy from Alabama is the impact rookie for the Pack. He brings strength and quick feet to a running game that has been able to compliment the pass game. He will be a great red zone running back. Look out fantasy footballers; he will be a touchdown machine in the red zone. He needs to work on catching out the backfield. Mr. Rodgers neighborhood has a new weapon.

Texans Ell: WR Deandre Hopkins from Clemson is a speedy, athletic receiver who has the explosiveness to hopefully be the starter the Texans have been looking for opposite WR Andre Johnson. Hopkins has a knack for scoring touchdowns and that fits the scheme of HC Gary Kubiak well. They hope he will be the x-factor that carries them deep in the playoffs.

Mike: The Texans added a big-time WR in Deandre Hopkins from Clemson. He has deceptive speed, but great hands. He will have to develop his route running, but he should compliment Andre Johnson well. If you double team Johnson this year, it could come back to bite you with this playmaker on the other side.

Colts Ell: Although I’m not sure how DE Bjorn Werner out of Florida State will fit into the 3-4 system, I had considered him as the best pure pass rusher in the draft and a top 5 prospect. He has good speed, size, and athleticism and should definitely be an upgrade over the departed DE Dwight Freeney as the pass rush specialist.

Mike: The Colts got great value with their first round pick, Bjorn Werner. Werner his a big strong DE that has a great bull rush. I rated him as my best 4-3 DE. He will be a perfect fit Pagano’s defense. He will be a great sack man in the NFL.

Jaguars Ell: Although I would like to go with Tackle Luke Joeckel who I consider to be the best tackle in the draft, it is Free safety Jonathan Cyprien out of Florida International who should be the impact rookie. He will provide good speed, cover skills, and a high motor to a secondary in need.

Mike: Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M was regarded as the top pick in the draft. While not the top player taken, I believe he still was the best player available and will provide quality protection for whoever is QB of the young Jags this season and many more after. Maybe Gabbert will stand tall in the pocket with the arrival of Joeckel.

Chiefs Ell: Offensive tackle Eric Fisher, the draft’s #1 overall pick, out of Central Michigan is a solid, athletic lineman with a mean streak who will help solidify a good KC O-line. Fisher should have a better learning curve with LT Branden Albert not getting trade, allowing Fisher to start at RT, taking a lot of pressure off him, and gradually moving to LT.

Mike: Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan will be thrust into a starting job at RT with Branden A0lbert at LT. He will solidify the Chiefs O-line for years to come. I can hear Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles saying YES!

Dolphins Ell: DE/OLB Cameron Jordan out of Oregon may be a raw athlete, but I believe he is in a position to contribute immediately. He is a tall defender with long arms who should continue to pick up weight to handle the NFL grind. He has the speed, motor, and athleticism to be an elite pass rusher, but must continue to polish his skills. Working across from DE Cameron Wake taking on double teams should give him his shot at a lot of one on one matchups.

Mike: Jamar Taylor the second round pick out of Boise State brings size and athleticism to a weak Dolphins secondary. He will start and I believe will be an upgrade over the often overhyped Sean Smith.


Ell: The Vikings already have one the best D-lines with DT Kevin Williams and DE Jared Allen still playing at a great level, but the addition of DT Shariff Floyd out of Florida should take this unit to another level. I had has a top 5 DT, so to be selected late in the 1st he is an absolute steal. He has the athleticism and size to be effective as both a run and pass stopper and that’s always a plus as a DT.  He should lineup right next to Williams immediately, which should help his learning curve, and begin to unleash havoc on the NFC North.

Mike: With the pick of DT Shariff Floyd out of Florida, the Vikings have a stud. I believe he is the closest thing to Warren Sapp we have ever seen. While he doesn’t possess the speed of Sapp, he has quick hands and gets off of blocks well and is a beast up the middle. The Vikings run defense will be much improved with this former Gator.

Patriots Ell: It’s hard to pick into the brain of HC Bill Belichick, but I know he loves defense and I believe LB Jamie Collins out of Southern Miss will be that impact player. He is an athletic, speedy LB (converted Safety) who is a flat-out playmaker. With DE/OLB Chandler Jones on the other side drawing double teams, Collins should have his fair share of one on one matchups.

Mike: WR Josh Boyce out of TCU will make a lot of plays for New England this year. He could help out in the return game and at WR. He had good speed and agility, should be a good secondary option for the Brady bunch.

Saints Ell: Strong safety Kenny Vaccaro out of the University of Texas is a tough physical safety who should be able to take SS Roman Harper’s job and bring youth and speed to the position. Vaccaro and FS Malcolm Jenkins should be a strong duo for years to come. He can provide similar hit power to Harper and will not be as much of a liability in pass coverage.

Mike: The Saints defense was abysmal last year, so they drafted a defensive playmaker out of Texas in S Kenny Vaccaro. You can plug him in, he will be a starter and playmaker for years to come in this league. Once he gets the speed of the game down, which won’t take long, the saints D will be much improved.

Giants Ell: Tackle Justin Pugh out of Syracuse will be an immediate help to a Giants O-line in need of athleticism and youth and that’s exactly what he will bring. He is a solid lineman who does need to add strength and continue to develop, but he will definitely find a spot to keep for years to come.

Mike: The pick of Justin Pugh out of Syracuse was a much needed and good pick for the Giants. He adds some stability to an average O-line. He also adds youth; he will provide two time super bowl champion Eli Manning with solid protection for many years to come. He will be a future pro bowler.

Jets Ell: After trading away CB Darrelle Revis, CB Dee Milliner from Alabama was there ripe for the picking. He is a corner with great size, speed, and cover skills as I had a top 5 grade on him. However, he does still need work with his footwork and overall learning curve that most cornerbacks struggle with. However, playing across from another tall, physical in CB Antonio Cromartie, Milliner could learn a lot.

Mike: With the loss of the best shutdown CB in football, the Jets needed a CB, and drafted the best one in the draft, Dee Milliner from Alabama. Coached well, good size and speed, Milliner is a great tackler, will need to polish his cover skills for the next level, but could become a shut down corner in his own right; he just needs to put the work in.

Raiders Ell: Linebacker Sio Moore out of UConn will be the impact player for a Raiders D in dire need of a linebacker. Moore has the ability to lineup at multiple linebacker spots and also rushes the passer. He will find a spot somewhere in the lineup and possibly be moved around in order to make plays.

Mike: Tyler Wilson from Arkansas will battle for the QB position, but I believe by week 8 the position is his. Matt Flynn lost his job to a rookie last year and will do it again this year. He has the arm and size, needs to move around more in the pocket more to avoid big hits. Oakland, I believe your future is in Mr. Wilson.

Eagles Ell: The key problem to the Eagles last year was the O-line. Tackle Lane Johnson out of the University of Oklahoma along with the starters returning from injury will help solidify this unit for Chip Kelly’s speed offense. Johnson is an athletic lineman who can block defenders at the 2nd level and should hold down the RT spot for now which happens to be Vick’s blindside. Johnson has the ability to play guard and tackle.

Mike: Lane Johnson from Oklahoma will definitely be an impact rookie. He is a big athletic lineman that will give Michael Vick, the eventual winner of the QB battle, the protection fans have been crying for, for years. Combined with Sam Peters, Vick should have time to pick defenses apart.

Steelers Ell: Running back Le’veon Bell out of Michigan State in my opinion was the most complete back in the draft. I believe he will give the Steelers that power back they have been missing since RB Jerome “The Bus” Bettis. Bell has better speed and hands than most people think and should solidify the starting job.

Mike: The Steelers had a lot of great picks, but I really love the pick of LB Jarvis Jones out of Georgia. A top 5 player on most draft boards, Jones is great as a pass rusher and knows how to get to the QB. I know he has big shoes to fill in James Harrison but I believe he will fit in just right.

Chargers Ell: Offensive tackle DJ Fluker out of Alabama is a massive player with long arms and good strength who should help solidify the Chargers weak O-line. Fluker is a good run blocker who could still use help in pass protection, but he will help bring the Chargers run game back to life and eventually help keep Rivers upright as the season progresses.

Mike: I love the DJ Fluker pick, but for years I’ve been screaming for the Charger to get Phillip Rivers some WR help. Keenan Allen from Cal, is a big WR with deceptive speed and great hands that will give Rivers some good help. He reminds me of Vincent Jackson but more fluid and higher upside. Go Chargers Go!

49ers Ell: Although Safety Eric Reid out of LSU seems like the safe pick here, it’s Defensive end Tank Carradine out of Florida State who should be the impact player. He is an athletic lineman with the versatility to play anywhere on the D-line and maybe even linebacker. He is the eventual replacement for DE Justin Smith, but I believe they could use production opposite of him now and any pass rush is always welcome in the league.

Mike: The NFC champs had a great draft overall, but their 4th round selection of DE Corey Lemonier out of Auburn was their best pick. A much underrated player in this draft, Lemonier is great as a pass rusher, but he is still raw with his technique and needs help defending the run game. He adds depth to a great D-line but he will make an impact this year especially on third downs.

Seahawks Ell: DT Jesse Williams out of Alabama was a steal in the 5th round of the draft, as I had a 2nd-3rd round grade on him. He has great size at 6’3, 323lbs. and has the strength to go with the size. A bit of a raw prospect, but I think he has the motor, strength, and athleticism to contribute at DE and DT as a run stopper/space-eater; the Seahawks LBs will love him.

Mike: The Seahawks addition of WR Chris Harper out of Kansas State is a great one. Harper is a big WR with strong hands that has drawn comparisons to WR Anquan Boldin. If he could be more consistent, then this offense could be even better than it was last year; now that’s saying something.

Rams Ell: Wide receiver Tavon Austin out of West Virginia was the best receiver in the draft in my opinion. He has the ability to be an x-factor for the Rams offense and has the speed to make plays in space or for the deep ball. Despite his size, he is a tough guy and should be ready for the league immediately.

Mike: The Rams jumped up and took the top playmaker in the draft, Tavon Austin. The superlatives about this speedy guy from West Virginia are endless. He is great in space and when not in space. Though many marvel at his speed, his quickness is amazing. Sam Bradford has a new toy, finally some speed added to this lethargic Rams O. Could the fastest team on turf be returning??? Not yet but it’s a start.

Buccaneers Ell: Johnathan Banks out of Mississippi St. will complete a newly formed secondary and will have the talented CB Darrelle Revis to learn from. Banks will be tested early and often, but he is coming off a senior year where he won the Jim Thorpe Award (top college CB). He has good size, cover skills, and brings physicality to the position by mid season this could be one of the strongest secondaries.

Mike: The addition of Johnathan Banks will be great addition to an already improved Bucs secondary. With him playing alongside Revis he should learn a lot quickly just by watching the best shutdown CB in the NFL. He will be tested often; as QBs tend to sway away from throwing at Revis Island. If he can play as he did at Miss. State, he will have his own island as well.

Titans Ell: Guard Chance Warmack from Alabama was considered a top 5 overall prospect and will immediately help the Titans run game and solidify their O-line. Although he is short, he comes from a pro style running offense and has the strength to push the pile and athleticism to open up big holes. It’s all up to QB Jake Locker and RB CJ2K to get it done with a complete line.

Mike: The Titans needed to add some youth to the inside of their O-line and they did with the big Guard from Alabama, Chance Warmack. Chris Johnson will love running behind this big guy. He loves to run block as he led the rushing attack for Alabama, national champs. Can we see CJ2K? Maybe, if this guy is opening the holes he did at Bama.

Redskins Ell: Cornerback David Amerson from NC State will be the impact player in the secondary the Redskins have been hoping for opposite CB Deangelo Hall. He has the size, speed, and skills to contribute now and show that he is an immediate upgrade.

Mike: TE Jordan Reed out of Florida is a very dynamic TE. I’ve watched him since a freshman at Florida. He is fast quick and a great receiver. He could also be used out of the backfield. He reminds me a lot of former Gator TE Aaron Hernandez. He isn’t a grey blocker but sure will make some plays to move the chains for RG3 and company. He along with Fred Davis will be a good combination for this evolving offense.

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