With the 2021 NFL Draft now in the rearview mirror, the time has come for us to begin analyzing team rosters, team schedules, team depth charts, and much more! Identifying rookies that could win the NFL Rookie of the Year award is always a fun offseason discussion.
Last year, an overlooked quarterback in Justin Herbert came in and set the league on fire with several rookie records. Herbert wasn’t even suppose to start as early as he did, and yet he accomplished things not many predicted he would.
Will another rookie quarterback have the same early success?
Will a wide receiver emerge as the top offensive rookie this upcoming season?
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Trey Lance if he somehow beats out Garoppolo in training camp. We know Jimmy is a terrible practice player so there's a chance and with the situation Lance is in, with everyone healthy, wow.
Najee. Or Kyle Pitts. Najee because of the opportunity Pittsburgh will give him on the ground and in the air. And Pitts should be the betting favorite if he’s healthy because Matt Ryan will love having a middle of the field target with Julio and Ridley on the outside.
Tutu Atwell. McVey and Stafford, and outside of Kuup, who else do they have who is legit? He'll have plenty of opportunities.
I like Zach Wilson because he's guaranteed the starting job and has better betting odds than Lawrence.
Realistically, this should be Lance, because Shanahan is Shanahan.
If I were betting I would go TE Kyle Pitts with the Falcons. If the kid is as advertised this is a sweet position lining up opposite Hayden Hurst on the line, in between Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Last year Matty Ice threw 45k yards and 26 TDs. Todd Gurley (who is no longer on the team) accounted for 9 red zone TDs. They currently lack a pure red zone option and in Coach Arthur Smith's system racked in 8 TDs. Pitts could come in and take on that role. Maybe throw in a TE sweep or two and again, IF as advertised, he should do numbers.
Trey Lance would be my pick
Steelers o-line is very questionable right now