The 2016 NFL Draft has ended and all of the NFL rookies are reporting for team minicamps. With most fan fare coming to the rookies drafted in the 1st and 2nd Rounds this article will outline those NFL rookies drafted on Day 3 (Rounds 4-7) who will make an impact on their respective teams immediately.

Sheldon Day-DT-Jaguars
Drafted: Round 4

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The Jaguars have improved immensely on both sides of the ball and I view Day as a steal in the 4th Round. He has experience at defensive end and tackle with outstanding quickness off snap and is into gaps before you know it. Jags HC Gus Bradley likes to use a defensive line rotation to keep his guys fresh and Day should be able to crack that rotation as a rookie.

Miles Killebrew-S-Lions
Drafted: Round 4

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The Lions struggled mightily on defense last season and Killebrew is the next NFL rookie who is a mix between a safety and linebacker. He should be a mainstay in the Lions nickel and dime packages who can be a force against the run and will hold his own against slower ends and receivers in space. He needs work on his technique, but that shouldn’t keep him off the field as a rookie.

Andrew Billings-DT-Bengals
Drafted: Round 4

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Billings is considered one of the steals of the draft as some pundits had him as a Top 20 player. The Bengals have depth up front, so Billings won’t be forced into action, but his skill set says otherwise. He fits the Bengals defensive scheme perfectly and is a great compliment to Geno Atkins and Domata Peko.

Kenneth Dixon-RB-Ravens
Drafted: Round 4

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Dixon was one of the highest rated backs in a weak class and managed to fall to the 4th Round. He is the best receiving back in this year’s draft and can become the Ravens third-down scat back as a rookie. The Ravens have their fair share of backs on the roster, but Dixon could be the best out of any of them.

Spencer Drango-OG-Browns
Drafted: Round 5

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Drango was a four-year starter at Baylor, there’s no questioning his intensity or strength at the line of scrimmage. He played tackle in college but will make the move inside in the NFL. Currently veteran John Greco is slated above Drango on the depth chart, but if an injury arises or he just plain beats out the 31-year-old Spencer will make an impact as a rookie.

Harlan Miller-DB-Cardinals
Drafted: Round 6

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Harlan Miller is a perfect fit for the Cardinals aggressive defense. He plays with quick feet and has the ability to mirror and match receivers’ movements down the field. He is always in hot pursuit in run support and is willing to sprint across the field to get into the action. Tenacious wrap-up tackler that will help make him rise up the Cards depth chart. I had a 3rd Round grade on Miller coming into the draft and even though Arizona has a solid group of defensive backs, Miller can make an impact in dime and quarter packages.

Vadal Alexander-OL-Raiders
Drafted: Round 7

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Alexander, like Miller, earned a 3rd-4th Round grade on my big board. He is a versatile lineman who can play inside or out, but will be primarily a guard with the Raiders. Oakland signed Kilechi Osemele in the offseason and Alexander projects to be his immediate backup at RG, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes heads turn at camp and they move him to LG to compete with Gabe Jackson. Either way, Vadal will be playing quite a bit as a rookie.

Daniel Lasco-RB-Saints
Drafted: Round 7

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Lasco reminds me a lot of Darren Sproles, just a lot larger. He fits perfectly with Sean Payton and the Saints offensive system, and I think he will begin to overtake the backs ahead of him quickly. He is a shifty runner who can excel in the passing game, and Drew Brees loves to utilize backs in through the air. Look for Lasco to become the receiving back New Orleans has lacked since Sproles left town.

 

 

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