For as long as I can remember the All American team has been the greatest collection of football players in the country. The guys who you could expect big things from. The gold standard. With this group of rookies there are a lot of strong candidates who could really hit the ground running. After considering things like fit, opportunity and, of course, talent we have narrowed the field down to eleven. So here is my rookie All American team for offense.
Offensive Rookie All American Team
Quarterback – Josh Rosen
I’m not sure Rosen will be the first rookie QB to earn the starting job this year, but I have no doubt he’ll get on the field and see significant playing time. Probably more than most of the other rookies considering the starters each have to overthrow. And when Rosen takes that starting job I believe he will prove to be the best passer in this draft class. Rosen is very accurate and as smart a prospect as you’re likely to find. Despite very little to work with I’d expect him to be very efficient and get the most out of the weapons he has to work with.
Running back – Derrius Guice
Guice may have tumbled on draft day, but I believe it will prove to be a blessing in disguise. He now finds himself in Washington and will be running behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. On top of that he might be the best skill player on the team and will almost certainly be featuring him as the focal point of the offense.
Running back – Saquon Barkley
Barkley is a rare athlete and a big time talent. What he can do not only as a ball carrier, but as a receiver out of the backfield can change an offense. And while I thing a sub par offensive line will hurt him and the other talented playmakers will take touches away from him, his talent will overcome. I expect him to be one of the most impactful rookies in the league next year.
Wide receiver – Calvin Ridley
Ridley was my top rated pass catcher in the draft. His routes are excellent and he has all the tools to thrive. He will likely be the Falcons slot receiver, but in such an explosive offense he will have as much opportunity to put up big numbers as any rookie in this class.
Wide receiver – Anthony Miller
Miller projects to be the Bears number two receiver as a rookie. This should mean lot of targets in an offense that is expected to air things out a lot more in 2018. And with Allen Robinson drawing most of the attention, Miller will have plenty of opportunity to make big plays.
Wide receiver- Dante Pettis
Pettis looks like a specialist who will work out of the slot and return kicks. However, he’s a great specialist. He will see plenty of targets in San Francisco in an offense that loves to utilize slot receivers. He also projects to be one of the best return men in the league.
Offensive line – Quenton Nelson
Nelson projects as a potential pro bowl guard as a rookie. He will start day one and likely dominate right out of the gate. There isn’t much more to be said, this kid is a stud.
Offensive line – Frank Ragnow
Ragnow looks like he’ll be the Lions left guard to start the season and I expect him to do well. He’s agile, powerful and smart and should hold well against the best the NFL has to offer.
Offensive line – Will Hernandez
Hernandez is extremely powerful. Strong enough to put muscle just about anyone the league has to throw at him. The only thing that eclipses Hernandez’s power is his nastiness. He will start for the Giants and often Billy his opponent.
Offensive line – James Daniels
The Bears strength for the last few years has been the interior of their offensive line. With Josh Sitton leaving in free agency, it leaves a great opportunity for Daniels. I expect him to step in, fill the void and Chicago won’t miss a beat.
Offensive line – Billy Price
Price is a godsend to a Bengals offensive line that looked pretty terrible most of last year. With his ability to come right in and start on the interior of the line Cincinnati might actually be able to utilize their strong group of playmakers this season.