Features: 10 Bold Predictions for 2016 NFL Rookies

May 21, 2016 • Ben Heck • Features, Front Page, Lists, NFL Draft

It’s never too early for a few 2016 rookie predictions, right?

  1. Denver’s Paxton Lynch will be the team’s starting quarterback, over veteran Mark Sanchez, by Week 6.
  2. Running back Ezekiel Elliot, the No. 4 overall pick, will rush for 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns behind Dallas’ offensive line.
  3. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey overcomes early off-season knee injury (Ramsey suffered a small meniscus tear in OTAs this week) to put up an impressive rookie campaign in 12 starts for the Jaguars.
  4. Former Baylor WR Corey Coleman leads the Cleveland Browns in receiving, catching passes from former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. In 16 games, Coleman catches 70 passes for over 1,000 yards.
  5. DeForest Buckner records 10.0 sacks with the 49ers, under his former head coach Chip Kelly and former Oregon DL coach Jerry Azzinaro.
  6. Pittsburgh’s second-round pick, Sean Davis, out-performs their first-round pick, Artie Burns, in the team’s revamped defensive backfield.
  7. Ryan Kelly starts all 16 games at center for the Indianapolis Colts, snapping the ball to a fresh, recharged quarterback Andrew Luck.
  8. Say what you want about Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson saying the Eagles are “Bradford’s team,” the rookie Carson Wentz will be taking over the starting role before the mid-season mark.
  9. Laremy Tunsil proves to teams they shouldn’t have let him drop out of the top 10, as the offensive tackle starts all 16 games for Miami and gets a Pro Bowl nod in his first season.
  10. With Bills’ first-round pick Shaq Lawson undergoing shoulder surgery, his Clemson teammate Kevin Dodd (drafted by Tennessee at No. 33) will out-perform him on the football field in 2016.

Photo: San Francisco 49ers

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