With the recent success of 15-year-old Cori Gauff at Wimbledon, it has inspired me to write about some promising rookies. I’m here to showcase one first-year player for each team in the AFC East, that will have a great season in the NFL this year. These fresh-faced players will immediately pay dividends for their draft selection by each team. This article is for rookies on offence but do not worry the defensive rookies will be coming soon!
New England Patriots: N’Keal Harry – WR
This pick was a surprise to many fans and analysts due to Harry becoming the first wide receiver taken in the first round since Belicheck became Patriots head coach. However, don’t be surprised when Harry becomes a favourite of Tom Brady’s this season. With his size and frame at 6ft 2 and 103kg, it’ll be easy for him to box out smaller defensive backs making him a nightmare for any opposition. I expect Harry to be Brady’s go-to red-zone target. It’ll take Harry time to get used to the system however I expect he’ll finish with 10 touchdowns this season; He’s essentially replacing the targets that used to go to Foxborough favourite Rob Gronkowski. His impact will be key for the Patriots’ success this season.
Buffalo Bills: Devin Singletary – RB
The Bills got a steal when they were able to select Singletary in the 3rd round. He was a monster during his time in college at FAU racking up 4,684 total yards and a staggering 67 touchdowns. Singletary was nicknamed ‘Motor’ and you can see why when watching him run. He’s a man that never stops pumping his legs till the whistle blows and speeds away from defenders. He might have a difficult time getting many carries in a Bills running back room that is almost overflowing with players. However, expect him when he touches the ball to power through and past defenders for the Bills. The Bills will have a strong rushing attack this season I guarantee it!
New York Jets: Chuma Edoga – T
With the Jets only drafting 2 offensive rookies this year, I went with Edoga to make more of an impact than tight end Trevon Wesco. Edoga was selected with the 92nd pick in the 2019 draft. He played at USC for 4 years, was a solid starter and was even named All-PAC 12 in his senior season. He has the potential to take over from veteran Kelvin Beachum at offensive tackle this season. If Beachum who’s now aged 30, struggles to stay healthy this season. As that has been a difficulty throughout his NFL career. I expect Edoga to rise to the occasion and cement his claim to be the starting left tackle. This would be better for Sam Darnold who will need a better offensive line this season.
Miami Dolphins: Michael Deiter – G
Selected with the 78th pick from the University of Wisconsin, Deiter has more draft prestige on him than any of his competitors for the guard spot in Miami. On a roster that has two undrafted free agents, a fifth-round and a seventh-round pick as their options at guard. I don’t see much standing in the way of Deiter walking into the starting line up for the Dolphins. At the University of Wisconsin, Deiter displayed great power and agility. He was named All-American in 2018 and twice All-Big 10 in 2017 and 2018. Dieter was named an offensive captain so expect him to bring a commanding voice to a locker room that is quieter than a family of church mice.
Alex Riley is a 49ers fan who’s followed the game since 2010, He’s currently at the University of Leicester. You can find him on Twitter at @NFLRiley and his blog at www.rileynfl.wordpress.com
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