NFL rookies who will make the biggest impact this season
Making a big impact in the NFL as a rookie is difficult, and it’s not always the top picks who make the biggest difference. Here’s a look at 25 rookies who could be the biggest factors in the league in 2020.
Cam Akers, RB, Rams
After cutting Todd Gurley, the Rams are set for a running back committee with Akers, Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown, Akers was the team’s second-round pick and could have the most versatility on the ground with 1,369 yards from scrimmage at Florida State last season.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, 49ers
The pressure is on Aiyuk to perform in his rookie season in San Francisco, especially with Deebo Samuel likely to miss the start of 2020 due to injury. Aiyuk was a star at Arizona State last season with 1,192 yards receiving and eight touchdowns en route to a first-round selection in the draft.
Derrick Brown, DT, Panthers
Brown was arguably the most dominant interior defensive lineman in this year’s draft class and could anchor Carolina’s revamped defense for years to come. He had four sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in his senior season at Auburn.