While we all know about the first and second round prospects that come in and earn starting roles and make an immediate impact, but every year we see a guy drafted in the fourth through seventh round come in and find a role right away. Here is a look at a few Day 3 picks that could be immediate impact rookies.
Day 3 Picks that Could be Immediate Impact Rookies
Wyatt Teller G Buffalo Bills
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) August 14, 2017
When Richie Incognito retired the Bills had a huge void at guard that needed to be filled and the Bills only real addition was drafted Teller in the fifth round. Teller played right guard in college and he’s only has Vladimir Ducasse in front of him. Teller isn’t a great athlete but is good at the point of attack and uses his strong upper body to stear defenders. In the Bills gap system that power to block the defender fit exactly with what they want. Teller may not start game one, but it should only be a matter of time.
Keke Coutee WR Houston Texans
— Brian Johannes (@Draft_Brian) April 2, 2018
Houston is looking to add more weapons to help in the development of Deshaun Watson. With Braxton Miller failing to establish himself as a weapon out of the slot and Bruce Ellington doing the same, the door is open for Coutee to come in and earn that role. With a lot of attention to DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller that could leave Coutee open underneath and give him a great opportunity to showcase his explosiveness and speed in space.
Maurice Hurst DT Oakland Raiders
A heart condition is why Hurst fell to the 5th round, but Michigan and Harvard doctors gave him the all clear and if it doesn’t affect him, the Raiders have a potential value pick here. While Hurst isn’t the top 10 prospect some make him out to be he is one of the best penetrators in the entire draft and would give the Raiders some much needed help in the interior. It wouldn’t be a shock to see Hurst start next to Eddy Vanderdoes by years end.
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo OLB Los Angeles Rams
The Rams were very active adding big time pieces to their defense, but it wasn’t at the outside linebacker position as they traded away Robert Quinn to the Dolphins and Connor Barwin wasn’t retained. That leaves the door open for Okoronkwo who isn’t the biggest linebacker but has good length and straightline speed to get after the quarterback. Okoronkwo is a bit of a stiff athlete, but without much talent ahead of him he could realistically start day one. And with so much attention going to Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald that should leave plenty of one on one opportunities for Okoronkwo.