Ranking the top 10 instant impact rookies for the 2021 NFL season: Kyle Pitts, Ja'Marr Chase head of the class - CBS Sports
May 06, 2021 2 mins, 6 secs

Now that draft picks need to be considered rookies, it's time to pinpoint which are ready to be "instant impact" players -- one of my favorite phrases to type this time of year on the NFL calendar.

Here's my list of the top 10 instant impact rookies from the 2021 NFL Draft class. .

You'd learn nothing from me writing Trevor Lawrence is instant impact!

Grant, my selection for the best Falcons pick -- when factoring in value -- will be instant impact in Atlanta.

The Falcons safety group consists of Erik Harris, Duron Harmon, and 2020 fourth-round pick Jaylinn Hawkins.

However the Falcons want to use him -- and it's likely he wears a variety of hats -- Grant will excel.

He's an older prospect who'll turn 24 in November, so there better be early returns on the Falcons making Grant the No.

He produced early in his college career at Ole Miss, steadily improved his production each season in Oxford and tested extremely well at his pro day. .

He's nearly 6-foot-1 and 216 pounds -- large for a modern-day NFL safety.

He routinely makes splash plays against the run because of his twitch, skill to avoid or shed blockers, and speed to the football. .

But he's not a box safety.

He's a rangy ball hawk.

Insane ball production.

Cisco can and will be placed into a playmaker role in Joe Cullen's defense in 2021, and his production and athletic traits indicate he'll be ready to pick off where he left off at Syracuse early in his NFL career. .

Ojulari did not deserve to have to wait until the 50th pick in the 2021 draft to hear his name called.

He sets a mean edge and can rip through blockers to make impact plays in the backfield against the run.

And I believe he's good enough right now to be instant impact flying around the edge in New York's defense. .

Have to get one offensive linemen in here, and I didn't want it to be a first-round pick.

Samuel screams instant impact on film.

He's feisty at the line of scrimmage, stays in phase during the route like a five-year veteran -- thanks to jagged athletic traits -- and plays the football in the air like his father. .

It implies he's fast and is a "see ball, get ball" type of second-level defender

Sure, there's Tee Higgins -- who turned in a fine rookie year -- and the super-steady Tyler Boyd in Cincinnati. 

Other than that, he's an elite rookie receiver from the first snap of the 2021 season. 


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