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Projecting Every 1st-Round Pick’s Year 1 Impact


The NFL draft provides every team and fanbase with hope, but it’s fleeting. It’s a false narrative based on the unknown. Once the season arrives, reality strikes. Not every draft pick is going to be successful, and multiple first-round selections will fail. Some will be natural fits and provide instant impact. Others will need more time. And a few will be busts. With rookie minicamps providing an initial glimpse, Bleacher Report decided to look at each first-round fit. (Photo Credit: Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

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By Brent Sobleski – Bleacher Report 5.16.17

Every first-round pick’s story will be different and, although most NFL career’s are short lived, their first season typically doesn’t tell it all. All 32 teams hope that their rookie comes in and can make an immediate impact for their squad like Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott did in 2016. For the Giants, they decided to help their offense with the 23rd overall pick in April’s NFL Draft and selected Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram.

Engram is a vertical receiving threat that has the potential to make an impact in the passing game right away, but there are still major questions about his blocking ability and the ability of the entire offensive line to keep Eli Manning upright. The rookie’s first season could go sour pretty quickly if he struggles out of the gate or the Giants offensive line can’t give Manning enough time to find his receivers down the field. Unlike many rookies, Engram is the outright favorite to land the starting job and will ultimately have the final say on how his rookie season goes with how he performs on the football field.