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    Moments after the Washington Redskins made Brian Orakpo their first-round pick last Saturday, Jim Zorn was asked if the highly touted defensive end would play this season.

    "He's going to play," Zorn said without hesitation.

    Several NFL player-personnel people share that expectation about Orakpo and others selected in the early rounds of the draft. They see immediate contributions from rookies on both sides of the ball, but are especially confident that the defensive choices will provide the greatest impact because they generally can rely more on raw athletic skill while learning the ropes of the pro game.

    How large a contribution any of the rookies make is debatable. This year's college crop was widely viewed as being shy of exceptional talent, thus prompting so many downward trades.

    Nevertheless, there will be rookies who make their presence felt during the 2009 season.

    "I feel like I'm ready to play wherever they ask me to play," defensive end Robert Ayers said shortly after the Denver Broncos made him the second of their two first-round picks.

    Here's a list of the top 10 draftees most likely to have an impact as rookies:


    1. Robert Ayers, DE, Denver Broncos

    Pick: First round/18th overall
    He can play end or outside linebacker, making him particularly valuable this season as the Broncos convert from a 4-3 to 3-4 scheme. Most talent evaluators considered him the best outside linebacker prospect in the draft, even though he was only a one-year starter and had only nine career sacks at Tennessee. But Ayers is a remarkably talented and versatile athlete who can rush the passer, play the run, and drop into coverage. New Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan figures to make the most of all that Ayers has to offer.


    2. Jason Smith, OT, St. Louis Rams

    Pick: First round/Second overall
    Smith steps off the Baylor campus and into a gaping hole created by the release of Orlando Pace. Coming anywhere near what Pace accomplished in a career that has assured him a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame won't be easy, but Smith has the rare combination of size (6-foot-6, 309 pounds) and quickness to be highly effective blocking for the run as well as protecting the passer. He played left and right tackle in college, and, given Alex Barron's impressive work on the left side during minicamp earlier this month, Smith could open his rookie season on the right side.


    3. Brian Orakpo, DE, Washington Redskins

    Pick: First round/13th overall
    The surprise fall out of the top 10 of the former Texas standout figures to provide an instant upgrade to a defense that ranked near the bottom of the league with only 24 sacks in 2008. Orakpo's impressive combination of strength and speed should allow defensive coordinator Greg Blache to use him as a strong-side linebacker to stop the run on early downs and as a pass-rushing end. Orakpo should also benefit greatly from having the game's most dominant tackle, Albert Haynesworth, drawing blockers inside.


    4. B.J. Raji, DT, Green Bay Packers

    Pick: First round/Ninth overall
    As yet another club shifting from a 4-3 to a 3-4, the Packers had to have an anchor in the middle. Raji should give them a good one right away. At the very most, he'll have a chance to unseat Ryan Pickett as a starter. At the very least, the former Boston College star should see considerable playing time alternating with Pickett and will likely have a regular spot as an inside rusher on passing downs.


    5. Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos

    Pick: First round/12th overall
    He looks to be an ideal fit for the scheme being installed by new coach Josh McDaniels. Although McDaniels runs a spread offense that utilizes short passes as an extension of the running game, he does seek balance from a strong ground attack. And he wants runners who are well versed in all aspects of the scheme. At Georgia, Moreno displayed excellent instincts when it came to picking the best openings created by the zone blocking the Bulldogs employed. Moreno also did a nice job of running routes and in pass protection, two other qualities that should help ensure he'll have a significant role as a rookie.


    6. Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings

    Pick: First round/22nd overall
    Provided the off-field character issues that caused him to plummet to a spot where his enormous skills say he shouldn't have been available don't resurface, Harvin should make a huge impact. The former Florida standout is a dynamic playmaker, and he should go a long way toward allowing the Vikings to stretch opposing defenses. That assumes, of course, that Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson can consistently get the ball in his hands.

    7. Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers

    Pick: First round/10th overall
    Thanks largely to his amazingly productive final two seasons at Texas Tech, Crabtree was universally seen as the best receiver in the draft. And maybe he is. He certainly has the size (6-1 and 214 pounds) and athleticism to be an immediate difference-maker, presuming he makes a full recovery from foot surgery. Despite questions about his lack of speed, he routinely got good separation on his routes. The question is, do the quarterback-challenged 49ers have someone who can take advantage of all of his talent?

    8. Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants

    Pick: First round/29th overall
    There might not be a more NFL-ready receiver in the draft than Nicks. At 6-1 and 212 pounds, he has the frame and the skills to fill the game-breaking vacancy created by the release of Plaxico Burress, even though that wasn't a role Nicks filled at North Carolina. Nicks' 12 touchdown catches and 1,222 receiving yards as a junior last season certainly seemed Burress-like. And he apparently showed enough savvy to convince the Giants not to follow through on a trade for someone with more experience, such as Cleveland's Braylon Edwards.

    9. Rey Maualuga, LB, Cincinnati Bengals

    Pick: Second round/38th overall
    The former USC Trojan figures to be an immediate difference-maker in the middle of the Bengals' defense and could prove to be a steal in the second round. He hits hard, plays the run exceptionally well, and has enough speed and athleticism to be an asset in pass coverage. Working next to former USC teammate Keith Rivers, Maualuga should do plenty to help improve the NFL's 12th-ranked defense last year.

    10. Pat White, QB, Miami Dolphins

    Pick: Second round/44th overall
    He's an ideal fit for the offense that gave us the "Wildcat" last season. With his tremendous versatility and explosiveness, the former West Virginia standout provides the Dolphins' strategists with all sorts of possibilities as a passer, runner, and receiver. He should have plenty of opportunities to make an impact as a rookie, either on his own or as a complement to other playmakers.


    Pratama's comments: Funny how we had such a terrible draft, yet garnered 2of the top 10 according to Carucci. It must be confusing speaking out of both sides of your mouth.

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  • #2
    Wow, and the Broncos have what had to be two of the Top Ten last year, too.

    Nice infusion of talent.

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    • #3
      Lovin' the Ayers love... We're hearing so much about Knowshon and his ability that the media has forgotten what a versatile talent we have on the end, and #1 too! Fortunatley he landed on a team that's so shallow at his positions that he'll more than just get his feet wet this year. (Remember saying that about Moss too, though )

      If the rookies this year come out playin half as well as our rookies last year, we'll be in great shape.

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      • #4
        Across the board the Bronco's draft left a lot of heads scratching. But by most accounts we drafted the best RB (and athlete) and the best OLB/DE in the draft. If not the best they are projected to be top 2-3 at their positions.

        That said, I like the intangibles that are starting to emerge. Both have showed a terrific attitude and a lot of humility and both have showed a strong work ethic. For Ayers, we have seen that he has been staying after practice to address some of his weakeness. So if that trend contiues it is a good sign for their careers.

        I cant wait for camp to start. That's when we will really know how the team is shaping up. Camp will separate the men from the boys and by the looks of things Dove Valley Country Club is closed and this will be a very exciting and competitive camp.
        Remember: If you dont feed the trolls - they will go away! Neither logic nor a compelling argument will make a difference.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by topscribe View Post
          Wow, and the Broncos have what had to be two of the Top Ten last year, too.

          Nice infusion of talent.

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          Heck I would say 2 of the top 5.
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          • #6
            Thanks for the article. Nice to see the media out there is giving Denver some love.
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            • #7
              This article is over a month old.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by jdubv724 View Post
                This article is over a month old.
                What does that matter? Nothing has changed in regards to rookies.
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                • #9
                  I think the whole draft class including some of the UFA's are looking good. If you get a couple of people out of the draft you are usually considered to have done well. This year the Broncos could get as many as 5 or 6 or more key people out of this year's rookie class. If they do that the staff should get accolades for a job well done.

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                  • #10
                    talent on a team doesn´t mean crap if we can´t stop run between the tackles

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by IHSD View Post
                      What does that matter? Nothing has changed in regards to rookies.
                      This has already been posted.
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                      • #12
                        you guys drive me insane!! If he had said that we had a bad draft, everyone would be saying, "oh this analyst doesn't know what he is talking about, he's just a paid fan who doesn't do any research and just says things to make good stories."

                        But since he put Knowshon and Ayers in the top 5, Carucci immediately becomes all knowing and a great amazing sports analyst who is 100% right about this, as if Knowsh and Ayers are guaranteed to be amazing now. Give me a break. Stop choosing what to believe and what not to believe based on if they say the BRoncos did well or not. Be objective. Sheesh.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jdubv724 View Post
                          This article is over a month old.
                          It's not milk, it didn't go sour.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Snake=Superbowl View Post
                            you guys drive me insane!! If he had said that we had a bad draft, everyone would be saying, "oh this analyst doesn't know what he is talking about, he's just a paid fan who doesn't do any research and just says things to make good stories."

                            But since he put Knowshon and Ayers in the top 5, Carucci immediately becomes all knowing and a great amazing sports analyst who is 100% right about this, as if Knowsh and Ayers are guaranteed to be amazing now. Give me a break. Stop choosing what to believe and what not to believe based on if they say the BRoncos did well or not. Be objective. Sheesh.

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                            • #15
                              Dannnggg i didnt know Robert Ayers was the number 1 rookie haha. thats cool even more excited.

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