Predicting This Year's NFL Surprise-Impact Rookies

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Predicting This Year's NFL Surprise-Impact Rookies
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First- and second-rounders are seemingly expected to make an impact as rookies regardless of their position. As top-64 picks, fans and teams alike look for these players to produce at high levels, as they’re treated almost like free-agent signings rather than rookies entering their first year as professionals.

After those top two rounds, expectations fall drastically for incoming rookies. However, that doesn’t mean immediate impacts can’t be found in the third through seventh rounds.  Just last year saw third-rounder Keenan Allen, fourth-rounder David Bakhtiari, fifth-rounder Zac Stacy and sixth-rounder Andre Ellington contribute heavily to their teams' success.

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