As the 2021 NFL season approaches, Sky Sports’ Cameron Hogwood is researching some of the rookies looking to make a splash; from Jelan Phillips to Milton Williams and from D’Wayne Eskridge to Rashon Slater
After being picked by the San Francisco 49ers round 5 safety team, Talanoa Khufanga set himself the goal of becoming a professional special squad player in his rookie season.
The absence of Yakiska Tartt and Tarvarius Moore this summer gave him the opportunity to “watch me” audition in front of newly appointed Defense Coordinator DeMeko Ryans. Meanwhile, his speeches deserve the unofficial approval of outside observers who cannot harm him.
Each league team has its own rookie story, the names you know, and the names you just learned. Factory-built meta-people, ready for instant conquest, an advanced but temperamental “no jury” team, silent killers, offended, outright outcasts with the expectation of retribution.
Justin Jefferson had his debut season, like a few others, setting a new NFL record for getting yards in a rookie season in the Super Bowl era with 1,400 yards, breaking expectations and allaying post-Stephon Diggs fears for the Minnesota Vikings. James Robinson became the self-proclaimed undrafted rookie ambassador, finishing fifth in fast-paced yards for the stagnant Jacksonville Jaguars, and Justin Herbert received the Rookie of the Year Award to reassure the Los Angeles Chargers of their response to the quarterback.
Tristan Wirfs’ right tackle in the first round allowed Tom Brady just one sack during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Cup campaign as the standout player in the coveted class of attacking linemen, while Michael Onwenu won over 90 percent of the clicks in the sixth round. as he divided his time between left-back, right-back and left tackle for the New England Patriots. Camren Curl, the Washington defender in the seventh round, fired without issue when Landon Collins fell injured, and final second-round defender Jeremy Chinn topped the Carolina Panthers’ all-round draft-class defense with the most tackles from a rookie.
From Joe Burrow and Chase Young, who in every sense are unanimous # 1 and # 2 in general, to characters like Harrison Bryant and Darnell Mooney, who became pearls of the third day, the stories go deep. Who will be next?
Forget for a moment about the red flags and Jalan Phillips is the most technically savvy player to enter the league after the Miami Dolphins outweighed his heavy injury history with his typical passing traits to make him 18th overall. Phillips retired from football for medical reasons in December 2018 after having two concussions in a year at UCLA and subsequently turned to research in music production before returning to the field with Miami in 2020 after his transition and did 45 grabs together with eight bags. There is talent, but so are the question marks.
There was a time when the Detroit Lions used offensive selection Penay Sewell, 7th overall pick and defensive ending Buffalo Bills Gregory Russo, The 30th place in the overall ranking seemed to be destined to take the leading positions in their groups of positions. That will almost remain in Sewell’s case, while Russo’s design stock fell after the couple abandoned the 2020 season due to Covid-19. While their decision to do so was fully justified in times of uncertainty, the year leading up to soccer competition is an even more difficult step towards the professional side.
Like Phillips, he appreciates the Philadelphia Eagles’ undeniable second-round center skill set. Landon Dickerson was curbed by questions about his history of knee injuries while the New Orleans Saints surprise pick in the first round Payton Turner It looks like it’s direct competition on the right flank of defense for 2018 first-grader Marcus Davenport, the added six-game suspension in David Onyemata’s defensive tackle also tempts to use it in the interior.