Five Impact Rookies
Jul 4, 2010
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No. 1 - Ryan Mathews – The Fresno State standout was drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the 12th overall pick after trading up 16 spots to land him, and looks to immediately help a backfield that no longer has the services of the once stellar LaDanian Tomilison. The pounding, fast, running back ran for more than 1,800 yards his final year as a Bulldog and punched in an impressive 19 rushing touchdowns, both single season school records. At 6-feet tall and 220 pounds, the rookie will be a welcome and active addition to
No. 2 – Ben Tate – Taken in the second round with the 56th overall pick by the Houston Texans, the Auburn running back should quickly become a factor in the crowded
No. 3 – Dez Bryant – While most wide receivers fail to be true impact players in their rookie campaigns the often troubled, yet immensely talented, Bryant could just be the exception to the rule. While Dallas is taking a risk on a player that was suspended the final nine games of his 2009 season, they are also landing a player that in 2008 caught 87 passes for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging 17 yards a reception. With Roy Williams struggling to take hold in ‘Big D,’ just as he did in Detroit, Bryant looks to be the impact wide-out complimenting the electric Miles Austin. With the talented Tony Romo throwing the ball and two explosive wideouts in the fold this season for
No. 4 - C.J. Spiller – The Buffalo Bills chose the Clemson Tiger with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2010 draft for good reason. Spiller is a speedy playmaker looking to score every time he touches the ball. In his senior year at Clemson, Spiller ran for more than 1,200 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns, and gathered another 503 yards through the air, scoring four receiving touchdowns. Spiller should be quickly worked into the Bills struggling offense, adding playmaking ability both on the ground and in the passing game. Spiller should be a nice addition to your team this year somewhere around the seventh or eighth round of your draft. If he were in a more high-powered offense I would take him sooner, but being a struggling Buffalo Bill will slow down his rookie season.
No. 5 – Jahvid Best – The California Bear running back was drafted with the 30th overall pick in the first round by the Detroit Lions.