Rookie Players to Watch: AFC West
The NFL Draft was a month ago and now OTA’s are one week down around the league. Each team has a bunch of rookie players on its roster and they are looking to make an impact in their first year in the league. The Oakland Raiders seem to be on the rise and look to compete in the playoffs this season. The San Diego Chargers are looking to rebuild and hopefully get back to what they once were before Rivers retires. The Chiefs went from 1-5 to 11-5 and made it to the AFC Divisional game before losing, can they finish this season? Finally the Denver Broncos, after winning the Superbowl, they look to replace Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, they want to repeat as champs, but it won’t be easy. Let’s see which rookie on each team you need to watch out for in the upcoming season.
Oakland Raiders rookie to watch: Connor Cook – QB
While Laremy Tunsil did fall in the draft due to the video leak of him smoking from a bong with a gas mask, Connor Cook fell way further and for reasons somewhat unknown. Connor Cook was a projected first to second round pick by many scouts, but the Oakland Raiders took him in the fourth to compete as a backup behind Derek Carr. Supposedly the reason for his fall is due to character issues. Cook was the starting quarterback for three years and never once was voted team captain. Rumors said he wasn’t a very good leader and on the field his teammates liked him, but off the field they didn’t want anything to do with him. This was a steal for Oakland and you have to wonder, are they looking at Cook as a legitimate backup option, or will they use him as trade bait in the future? Cook finished his collegiate career with 9,194 yards, 71 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. We will have to see how he can do during his tenure at Oakland and if that will be his home forever or if he will be traded and become a starter somewhere else.
San Diego Chargers rookie to watch: Joey Bosa – DE
J.J. Watt 2.0. This is what many scouts and fans have called Joey Bosa while at Ohio State. Many see him as the next great defensive end, being so athletic and strong. Bosa does have a chance to be a great defensive end, and while he did have a great career in college, the comparisons need to take a step back. Bosa hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet, but you have to expect him to impress in his rookie year. Bosa had 148 tackles, 51 for loss, 26 sacks, an interception, two fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles and six pass deflections. Bosa is big at 6’6″ at 275 pounds, and he was a consensus All-American in 2014 and 2015. He will have an impact on the Chargers defensive line and if he can do well enough, he could compete for rookie of the year.
Kansas City Chiefs rookie to watch: Keivarae Russell – CB
The Chiefs had probably one of the weakest draft classes this year. With no first round picks, their first pick came in the second round. The pick to watch out for though came in the third in cornerback Keivarae Russell. The Chiefs already have two good corners, but adding Russell gives them a chance to improve the secondary even more. Russell had 169 tackles, seven for loss, one and a half sacks, five interceptions, 12 pass deflections, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. The Chiefs drafted two other corners in this draft, so Russell will have a lot of competition come training camp.
Denver Broncos rookie to watch: Paxton Lynch – QB
Out goes Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, in comes Paxton Lynch and Mark Sanchez. While everyone has assumed that Lynch will be the starter, the team has come out to say that Sanchez will be the starter, while Lynch competes for the backup job. Now this was said after the draft, so Denver has the right to say Sanchez is the starter since Lynch hasn’t hit the field yet. That opinion will change though and by week 1, Lynch could end up being the starter. Lynch is a huge quarterback at 6’7″ 245 pounds, he threw for 8,865 yards, 59 touchdowns and 23 interceptions, while rushing for 687 yards and 17 touchdowns. Lynch being able to run and produce yards at that height is impressive and gives him an advantage over Sanchez. If Lynch can have good camps and impress during the pre-season, expect him to take over for Manning and try to lead Denver back to the Superbowl.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/rookie-players-to-watch-afc-west/https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/042916_broncos_draft_08-XL.jpg?fit=1008%2C768&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/042916_broncos_draft_08-XL.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AFC WestDenver BroncosFootballKansas City ChiefsNFLOakland RaidersRecent PostsSan Diego ChargersAFC West,Denver Broncos,Kansas City Chiefs,NFL,Oakland Raiders,rookie,San Diego ChargersThe NFL Draft was a month ago and now OTA’s are one week down around the league. Each team has a bunch of rookie players on its roster and they are looking to make an impact in their first year in the league. The Oakland Raiders seem to be...Brandon KnappBrandon KnappKnappmb@outlook.comEditorBrandon is a senior at Central Michigan University majoring in Journalism and minoring in Sports Management. He loves the Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Red Wings, Lions, Tigers and Pistons, UFC, WWE and Video Games. Follow him at @BKnappBlogs on Twitter.MyFantasySportsTalk