What rookies stood out the most
by Sebastian Quezada (Staff Writer) – 10/13/15
With the NFL preseason games ending and the regular season starting once again, the 2015 NFL rookies have had the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents out on the field and fans have made their own predictions.
As the first regular season game began for most teams on Sunday, top picks Marcus Mariota and Jamies Winston showed what they are capable of doing on the field.
With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing the Tennesse Titans on Sunday afteroon, Mariota and Winston were closely observed on their overall performance. “On this day at least, Mariota, the No. 2 pick, was tops. By a mile,” states reporter Don Banks for Sports Illustrated. With the win over the Bucs of a score of 42 to 14, it was “resounding a success for Mariota as anyone could have imagined,” states Banks.
Mariota completed 13 out of 16 passes for 209 yards, with no interceptions and four touchdowns in his first NFL game. As for Winston, he completed 16 out of his 33 passes for 210 yards with two interceptions, two fumbles and two touchdowns. “His performances in the team’s first game was shaky,” writes Banks. Since Mariota put on a show, this means that in future games “it’ll raise the expectation level all the more, and will crank up the amount of hype that surrounds him to new levels,” theorized Banks. As for Winston, the Bucs feel like he will have “no doubt better games,” and in the future will be a “difference making quarterback,” reassured Banks.
As for the rest of the eight top draft picks: Dante Fowler Jr., Amari Cooper, Brandon Scherff, Leonard Williams, Kevin White, Vic Beasley, Ereck Flowers, and Todd Gurley, two top players who were standouts during pre season games were Cooper and Beasley. Being the fourth overall draft pick, Cooper had much to show and has not shied away from the spotlight. “Already he has displayed the speed, size, superb route running, run-after-the-catch ability and hands to make him a top-flight receiving threat,” states NFL News. In his first NFL game against the Bengals, Cooper had 5 receptions for 47 yards total. “He lead the team in receiving yards, and it was a strong performance by Cooper,” states ESPN.
Beasley was the eighth draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons who were searching for a pass rusher in the draft. The main concern coaches had with Beasley was his size, but he made that up with his skills. “Beasley is a fast and explosive player who can really come at the quarterback and be a threat to the offense,” states NFL reporter Bucky Brooks.
Only two of the top ten players in draft were quickly projected as being “busts,” and they were Fowler and Flower. It didn’t take long for Flower to get injured as he was a quick bust right after he tore his ACL during a team practice with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Then came Flower who was chosen by the Giants but was seen to “lack technique and will struggle against faster pass rushers,” reported Rantsports. Another rookie player who has also experienced problems is Chicago Bears Kevin White, who has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower shin that required surgery and has been out since August 30th.
As for the rest of the 2015 rookie draft class, the NFL is projecting a “high level of production such as the rookie class of 2014.” As the season goes on, rookies will get to showcase their talents and impress the fans.