The 2016 NFL draft was recently completed, so every football fan can dream about their new young players becoming a Hall of Famer for their favorite franchise. Succeeding in the NFL as a rookie requires an immense amount of talent and hard work, but you also have to drafted into the right situation. Placing talented coaches and players around a young player in a great way to get the most out of their talents. There is a reason why the Cleveland Browns rarely find a superstar in the NFL draft every year. These are the five rookies that were drafted into the perfect situation to have a long and successful career in the NFL.
Paxton Lynch fell to the end of the 1st round because most people in the league do not believe he can start right away. The Denver Broncos said they do not have these feelings about Lynch, but they are still going to let him sit behind Mark Sanchez to start the season. Aaron Rodgers has already proven that sitting on the bench for a few years can actually improve your game in the long run. Even if Paxton Lynch is called upon to start at some point during the 2016 season, he will not be required to win games on the strength of his arm. The Broncos won the Super Bowl this year with little help from Peyton Manning, and there are no signs of the team regressing this season.
You may disagree with the Dallas Cowboys using the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on a running back, but it is hard to argue with the scheme fit for Ezekiel Elliot. The Dallas Cowboys clearly have the best offensive line in the league, so player as talented as Elliot should have no problem finding huge holes to run through all season. The offensive line of the Cowboys turned Darren McFadden into one of the better running backs in the league last year, so it is going to be fun to see what they can do with Ezekiel Elliot. A fully healthy Dez Bryant and Tony Romo will only help Elliot run all over the NFL. The sports betting sites certainly are going to have Ezekiel Elliot as one of the biggest favorites to lead the league in rushing this season.
Will Fullmer’s 1,258 yards and 14 TDs as a junior in college proved he was one of the best deep threat receivers in the country. Slotting on the other side of the field as DeAndre Hopkins should give Will Fuller plenty of easy coverage to take advantage of his great speed. The Houston Texans’ passing game was able to succeed without a second star receiver last year, so it should be a lot of fun to see what they can do with someone as talented as Fuller paired with Hopkins.
C.J Prosise started his college career at Notre Dame as a wide receiver, but he was transitioned to running back to improve the physical talent at the position. He may only have one full season as a running back under his belt, but he is in the perfect situation to have a successful career. Nobody loves to pound the ball like the Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, and they will need a young player to step up after the retirement of Marshawn Lynch.
Tight ends notoriously have a hard time making the transition from college to the NFL, but Hunter Henry may be the one to buck this trend. Everyone knows Phillip Rivers loves to throw to his tight ends, and Hunter Henry may be the only one he has left late in the season. Ladarius Green is now in Pittsburgh and Antonio Gates is nearing the end of his career, so Hunter Henry has a clear path to be the star tight end for the San Diego Chargers for the foreseeable future.