18 Rookies Who Can Make an Immediate Fantasy Impact in 2021

May 03, 2021
18 Rookies Who Can Make an Immediate Fantasy Impact in 2021

The 2021 NFL Draft is over, so now it’s time for me to retreat to the rankings cave and develop the first iteration of 4for4’s 2021 projections. But first, let’s run down the rookies that could make an immediate impact this season. For redraft purposes, I’m mainly interested in players who will (or could) start or play a significant part-time role this season.

I’ll go position-by-position and run down my favorite rookies and landing spots. The first section will be dedicated to those rookies best positioned to make an immediate impact, though I’ll discuss a number of “dark horse” rookies in the section below. I’ll also include an opportunity grade for each player.

EDITOR'S NOTE: After the 18 impact rookies, John goes on and mentions 12 dark horse candidates. Make sure to also check out this recent expert industry redraft mock to see where the top rookies were selected.

Impact Rookies

These rookies landed in good-to-great situations and could see immediate playing time, though some of the quarterbacks mentioned in this section could sit several games until their new teams deem them ready to play.

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