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Which Rookies Will Make The Pro Bowl First?

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We’re not even a week removed from the NFL Draft, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t discuss which rookies are most likely to become Pro Bowlers first.

Adjusting to the speed and physicality of the professional game can take some time. However, the bottom feeders of the league need their rookies to produce from day one.

Without further ado, let’s see which five newcomers should become Pro Bowlers the quickest.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys – Yes, Darren McFadden had a comeback year in Dallas this past season, but he isn’t the long-term option in the backfield by any means.

Even though Jerry Jones is receiving some flack for going running back this high, former Ohio State product Ezekiel Elliott has all of the tools to become a star in the ‘Big D’.

The Cowboys arguably have the best offensive line in the game, which will make life so much easier for Elliott. The 6-foot, 225 pound back has elite vision and decisiveness.

Elliott is also a more than capable pass blocker and with Tony Romo as his quarterback, expect for Elliott to be more of a threat out of the backfield.

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars – Although he was still picked very high at five, Ramsey may end up making the top four teams regret not selecting him. The Florida State product can line up pretty much anywhere.

With his unique combination of great size and tremendous athleticism, he could easily play cornerback or free safety.

“I’m a player who can do a lot of things for a team, can make plays, be a game-changer,” Ramsey stressed. “That’s what’s needed. Most people think just offensive players can make plays, change games, make big plays, but as we saw in the Super Bowl this year, Von Miller, he was the game-changer. He was the playmaker.”

During his three-year stay in Tallahassee, Ramsey totaled 180 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, three interceptions and 26 pass breakups.

Also, Ramsey played press, zone and off-coverage at the collegiate level. It’s safe to say he’s prepared for just about anything.

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Miami Dolphins – Despite the draft day drama, Tunsil is a player capable of being a multi-time Pro Bowler in this league.

Standing at 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, Tunsil provides elite foot quickness, while being able to keep his base balanced.

As the Miami Dolphins look to finally turn the corner, don’t be surprised to see Tunsil become the anchor of the offensive line.

Myles Jack, OLB, Jacksonville Jaguars – Another Jaguar?

This young team is definitely on the rise. From an offensive standpoint, they’re ready to compete now, but it’s on the other side of the ball where they must improve, which is why six of their seven picks were defensive prospects.

However, the addition of Myles Jack was the biggest steal for the Jaguars.

Jack is one of the most versatile players of this draft class. He wasn’t just a pass-rusher at UCLA, Jack also spent some time at running back.

Nonetheless, the main concern with Jack is his health. 

“I’ll be there at rookie minicamp,” Jack expressed. “I’m 100% healthy. I’m cleared. The knee shouldn’t be a concern anymore. I have definitely proved that with my play. There’s nothing else to talk about. I’m ready to play ball.”

Health concerns is what caused Jack to slide.

“It was, honestly, humiliating,” Jack admitted. “It was embarrassing having to sit there, and afterwards walking out, having my girl to my left, my mom to my right, my grandmother to the right of her and having to look at them, it was a tough feeling. It wasn’t a good night, truthfully.”

Jack will look to use his draft slide as motivation going forward.

Noah Spence, OLB, Tampa Bay Bucccaneers – In an effort to bolster their pass defense, the Buccaneers selected cornerback Vernon Hargreaves in the first round.

To follow that up, Tampa Bay picked up pass-rusher Noah Spence.

Spence has a motor that doesn’t stop to go along with a knack for always being around the ball. He has experience of playing with both his hands on and off the ground.

The issues Spence endured at Ohio State are well documented, but he showed signs of improving off the field during his short stint at EKU.

This past season, Spence finished with 11.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss and 63 tackles.


About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.