18 Impact Rookies Drafted Outside the First Round of the 2023 NFL Draft

May 01, 2023
18 Impact Rookies Drafted Outside the First Round of the 2023 NFL Draft

The 2023 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 official projections. But first, let’s run down the rookies (drafted in the second round or later) that could make an immediate impact this season. Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series for those rookies drafted in the first round.

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For redraft purposes, I’m mainly interested in players who will (or could) start or play a significant part-time role this season. This year, I’ve broken this article up into two parts–those rookies “likely” to make an immediate fantasy impact in 2023, and those rookies who “could” make an impact.

For the premium rookies, I’ll add the player’s draft capital and opportunity grade in parenthesis. When discussing receivers, I’ll refer to Matt Harmon’s excellent work at Reception Perception.

Likely to Make Immediate Fantasy Impact

RB Zach Charbonnet, Seahawks (2nd, C)

Charbonnet joins a backfield that already features talented sophomore Ken Walker–1,215 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games–so Charbonnet is likely to serve as Walker’s backup despite gaining 1,680 yards from scrimmage as a senior at UCLA. His arrival certainly puts a dent in Walker’s 2023 upside.

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