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Greatest-Case Situations for 8 Most Polarizing NFL Rookies This Season

Brad Gagnon @@Brad_Gagnon Featured Columnist IV May 29, 2024 Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for 8 Most Polarizing NFL Rookies This Season 0 of 8 Jamie Squire/Getty Images Extremes. They’re so often on display in the NFL, especially among rookies. And with these eight first-year players in particular, those extreme potential 2024 results could easily be

Greatest-Case Situations for 8 Most Polarizing NFL Rookies This Season

Brad Gagnon@@Brad_GagnonX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVCould 29, 2024

Greatest- and Worst-Case Situations for 8 Most Polarizing NFL Rookies This Season

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    KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MAY 22:  Wide receiver Xavier Worthy #1 of the Kansas City Chiefs participates in OTA Offseason workouts at The University of Kansas Health System Training Complex on May 22, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    Extremes. They’re so typically on show within the NFL, particularly amongst rookies.

    And with these eight first-year gamers specifically, these excessive potential 2024 outcomes may simply be very, excellent or very, very dangerous.

    Let’s summarize the best- and worst-case situations for these notably polarizing rooks.

New England Patriots QB Drake Maye

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    Foxborough, MA - May 11: New England Patriots QB Drake Maye at the team's 2024 Rookie Mini-Camp. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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    Polarizing as a result of: The No. 3 total decide is simply 21 years previous coming off solely two seasons as a starter at North Carolina, and he is vulnerable to huge errors. That mentioned, he possesses each software you need to see in a future franchise quarterback.

    Greatest case: The Patriots give Maye a while to settle in and develop with restricted assist in that offense, and he finally prospers late within the yr to arrange a possible breakout 2025 marketing campaign for him and the group.

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    Worst case: A group low on endurance throws Maye to the wolves too early, and a horrendous supporting forged both results in damaged confidence, damaged bones, or all the above.

Minnesota Vikings QB J.J. McCarthy

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    EAGAN, MN - MAY 10: Minnesota Vikings quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) makes a pass during Minnesota Vikings Rookie Camp on May 10, 2024, at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, MN.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    Polarizing as a result of: The tenth total decide led Michigan to appreciable success the final two seasons, and in the suitable system he may do the identical on the NFL degree. That mentioned, his school numbers weren’t mega, and he won’t have the arm power to take over video games within the execs.

    Greatest case: Both Kevin O’Connell modifications the Vikings offense dramatically and McCarthy excels, or McCarthy excels by adapting shortly to an offense that—by 2023 requirements—will ask him to do a heck of much more than he needed to do at Michigan.

    Worst case: O’Connell is simply too cussed and McCarthy pays the value, or McCarthy is simply too rigid and O’Connell pays the value. Regardless, one thing probably has to provide.

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs WR Xavier Worthy

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    KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MAY 22:  Wide receiver Xavier Worthy #1 of the Kansas City Chiefs participates in OTA Offseason workouts at The University of Kansas Health System Training Complex on May 22, 2024 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    Polarizing as a result of: He made historical past by displaying off his unmatched velocity on the mix and has a stable resume popping out of Texas, however the No. 28 total decide could need to work onerous to beat a measurement drawback and a nasty drop behavior.

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    Greatest case: Patrick Mahomes’ presence helps him overcome these points, and he shines inside an elite offense proper off the bat.

    Worst case: An absence of expertise elsewhere at receiver in Kansas Metropolis places an excessive amount of on Worthy’s shoulders early on, and he is shaken by a poor begin if not a demotion.

Las Vegas Raiders TE Brock Bowers

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    NAPA, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 24: Brock Bowers, University of Georgia tight end, trains in his hometown on April 24, 2024 in Napa, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for MET-Rx)

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    Polarizing as a result of: The mega-versatile No. 13 total choice delivered in three straight seasons at Georgia, however statistically he was at his greatest as a freshman in 2021. On high of that, the 4 different tight ends drafted within the high 15 within the final 20 years—Kyle Pitts, T.J. Hockenson, Eric Ebron and Vernon Davis—have usually and so far didn’t take off as game-changers.

    Greatest case: Not like all 4 of these aforementioned tight ends, Bowers scores greater than three touchdowns as a rookie in a tough-to-gauge however probably proficient Raiders offense.

    Worst case: Opponents benefit from his undersized body, and he struggles mightily on account of that and the Raiders’ shaky quarterback state of affairs throughout a confidence-shaking rookie marketing campaign.

Dallas Cowboys OT Tyler Guyton

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    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 03: Tyler Guyton #OL31 of the Oklahoma participates in a drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 03, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

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    Polarizing as a result of: All the time a proper sort out in school, the twenty ninth total decide will transfer to left sort out and presumably begin instantly on Dak Prescott’s blind facet. Some could consider that is an enormous threat, particularly as a result of he wasn’t even an offensive lineman to start out his school profession. That mentioned, his measurement and bodily skills are onerous to overlook.

    Greatest case: Guyton steps in for Tyron Smith and dominates together with his 6’8″, 322-pound body.

    Worst case: He is overwhelmed by the transition to the left facet with virtually no margin for error in an all-or-nothing season for Prescott and the Cowboys, and that have damages him long-term.

Cincinnati Bengals OT Amarius Mims

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    DETROIT, MI - APRIL 25: The Cincinnati Bengals select Georgia Offensive Tackle Amarius Mims with the 18th overall pick in during Day 1 of the NFL Draft on April 25, 2024 at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza in Detroit, MI. (Photo by John Smolek/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    Polarizing as a result of: Like Guyton, he is about as bodily engaging as an offensive lineman will get. The No. 18 total decide is 6’8″, 340 kilos with surprising athleticism. That mentioned, he has eight profession school begins below his belt and wishes vital improvement on the NFL degree.

    Greatest case: Each Orlando Brown Jr. and Trent Brown keep wholesome and produce to a passable degree all through the 2024 season in order that the inexperienced Mims would not need to see the sector in any respect.

    Worst case: Both Brown goes down for a major interval and Mims is pressured into motion earlier than the Cincinnati employees has been in a position to coach him up sufficient.

Miami Dolphins DE Chop Robinson

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    MAMII GARDNES, FL - MAY 10: Miami Dolphin draft pick Chop Robinson (44) runs drills during the Miami Dolphins Rookie Mini Camp on Friday. May 10, 2024 at Baptist Health Training Complex in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Photo by Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    Polarizing as a result of: The No. 21 total decide recorded simply 11.5 sacks in three school seasons, inflicting many to surprise if he can execute regardless of the very fact he is a wildly superior athlete who placed on a present on the mix.

    Greatest case: Jaelan Phillips, Bradley Chubb and Shaquil Barrett ship on the sting for Miami, giving Robinson an opportunity to get acclimated earlier than making an affect down the stretch for a contending group.

    Worst case: Lingering main accidents stop Phillips and/or Chubb from factoring in early on, Barrett cannot revive his profession on the age of 31, and the 21-year-old Robinson is given an excessive amount of too early.

Philadelphia Eagles CB Cooper DeJean

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 29: Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on February 29, 2024, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    Polarizing as a result of: Whereas he is extraordinarily versatile and coming off two sturdy seasons at Iowa, the No. 40 total choice won’t have a transparent dwelling within the NFL. He hasn’t performed a lot man protection as a cornerback, and there is additionally no assure he’ll come via if he transitions to security.

    Greatest case: DeJean comes via with rather less stress within the slot as a rookie and stands out on particular groups whereas first-rounder Quinyon Mitchell and the group’s veteran defensive backs usually maintain issues down.

    Worst case: Accidents power him into motion at a number of positions, and he by no means finds that clear dwelling as a rookie and is in limbo getting into 2025.

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