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Hutchinson is more prepared to make an early impact than other rushers in this class. He is relentless as a player and should be respected against a healthy Romeo Okwara. Kayvon Thibodeaux is missing from this list because there is a chance he won’t play in Week 1. If he plays and plays well, then he will have a place in the completely revamped Week 2 leaderboard. 2
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Gardner is the figurehead of the phrase “stats don’t tell the whole story.” As a Bearcat and early in his pro career, the No. 4 overall pick was lightly tested. The respect other teams have for him outweighs what the stats might suggest. 3
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That may seem high for the offensive lineman, but Los Angeles is excited about what the rookie has shown so far. The Chargers have done a good job beefing up Justin Herbert’s protection, and now the Boston College product has the chance to play alongside veteran Corey Linsley. 4
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Michael Carter is a good ball carrier, but his lack of ideal height prevents him from being a player every time. Hall is the three-try running back the Jets were missing. The Iowa State product should excel in a wide-area blocking scheme that allows him to use vision and balance to find gaps. 5
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Davis is going to be a rotating player for Philadelphia with Javon Hargrave and Fletcher Cox starting. The viral training camp moment was a bit of a stretch, but that shouldn’t ignore the combination of size and speed the former national champion brings to the table. 6
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London looked good in the limited exposure it got during pre-season. An injury meant a bit of a setback for the rookie, but he returned to training this week. The reality is that Marcus Mariota doesn’t have many promising outlets in this offense, and London is going to have an inherent advantage with his size. seven
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Wilson’s production is closely tied to second-year quarterback Zach Wilson. If the latter has taken a step forward and can remain healthy, the Wilson-Wilson connection could be fruitful. The Jets have more mouths to feed in this offense after adding CJ Uzomah, Jeremy Ruckert, Wilson and others. He is the third Jet to make the list. 8
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Dotson’s selection looked like a reach on draft night, as the team reacted to several wide receivers caught earlier. There was some buzz in training camp suggesting the Penn State product might be a good fit for Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz. Dotson, despite being smaller, has been used vertically on deep overs and skinny posts by the Nittany Lions and that should continue with Wentz. 9
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Pitre was higher on my personal board relative to the consensus, so maybe there’s a bias in that placement. Pitre is a truly versatile player who should be able to get his hands on football. There was a strong secondary presence in the rookie rankings every week a year ago; who could continue with another talented group. ten
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New York doesn’t seem to like Kenny Golladay or Darius Slayton. They can’t count on Kadarius Toney, and Collin Johnson has already suffered an injury. That leaves them with Robinson, who was drafted much earlier than expected by talent evaluators. The Giants have a plan for the Kentucky rookie and are about to reveal it. 11
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Chris Jones and Frank Clark are expected to distract the rookie until he establishes himself in the league. During the pre-season, Karlaftis showed his ability to win with strength and speed from the snap of his fingers. 12
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Brisker made a few splatter plays during the preseason. Chicago may have its share of team struggles in 2022, but the secondary is intriguing with Jaylon Johnson, Kyler Gordon and Brisker. The Bears open the season at home on Sunday against the 49ers. 13
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Walker is going to earn a few reps with sheer strength, but those opportunities are much more limited in the NFL. It will take him some time to develop his pass rush plan, but Jacksonville was willing to bet on the potential. 14
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Pickens was hard-hitting as a blocker in addition to making dazzling catches in training camp. The biggest impediment to his production is the number of mouths to feed in this offense with Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, Najee Harris, Pat Freiermuth and others. 15
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Hill will likely open the season in some packages for the Bengals, but his expected playing time certainly dropped when Jessie Bates signed his franchise tag. It might take some time for his impact to be felt on the pitch, but there have been several bright spots from pre-season.