In rating the top rookies, I was glad to see at least a handful of guys who figured prominently on last year's Big Board among the top 10. That's not just a hat-tip to my own evals. Think about it: Rookies are drafted high because the plan in most cases is to get them on the field right away. And with the steep learning curve, the injuries that pile up and the spotlight, many high picks deal with a difficult adjustment. It's common to see great years out of lesser-known rookies who step in for an injured teammate. This class certainly provides a mix, and you'll see guys from a number of different rounds.
6hL. Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers
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