Experts say that it takes three years to properly assess if an NFL draft pick is good or bad.
The player needs to adjust to the NFL style in his first year and perform according to expectations in his second and third years.
However, these three rookies do not need much time to introduce themselves to the rest of the league.
— NFL (@NFL) November 4, 2021
Their exceptional play from the beginning leaves no room for doubt that they will dominate the competition.
They don’t manifest jitters whenever they take the field because they look like seasoned veterans.
If they keep up the stellar start to their careers, it won’t be long before the Associated Press includes them to an All-Pro team.
3. Micah Parsons
The former Penn State standout is not taking his stint with America’s Team for granted.
After all, it’s his lifelong dream to be a Dallas Cowboy.
His versatility helped defensive coordinator Dan Quinn soften DeMarcus Lawrence‘s abrupt exit due to injury.
Micah Parsons took over from the two-time Pro Bowler and now has 13 quarterback hits and five sacks.
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) November 1, 2021
He’s also adept in run defense and zone coverages at linebacker.
The Pennsylvania native leads all rookies in pass rush win rate at 26.2 percent.
His efforts helped the Cowboys claim a 6-2 record, the best in the NFC East.
Parsons also has 52 total tackles, 10 tackles for losses, and two passes defended through eight games.
The Cowboys’ game against the Denver Broncos was his best with 10 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and three quarterback hits despite the loss.
2. Rashawn Slater
Justin Herbert is having a solid sophomore season for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Aside from his innate talent, he gets enough time to make plays because of Rashawn Slater‘s blindside protection.
However, he rarely gives up a sack and has an 88.3 percent pass block win rate.
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) November 10, 2021
He also allowed not more than one pressure in five of his eight NFL games.
The blocking he provides is monumental for the Chargers’ 5-3 record.
Slater has also helped Herbert throw for 2,350 yards and 18 touchdowns through Week 9.
1. Ja’Marr Chase
Gone are the days when Ja’Marr Chase received criticisms about his pass-catching or the lack of it.
Now, it’s hard to take away your attention from him because he can create a big play any time in the game.
The rookie from LSU has had a solid start to his career, and it helps that he’s familiar with quarterback Joe Burrow.
As of writing, Chase has 835 receiving yards on 44 receptions and seven touchdowns.
Ja'Marr Chase and Joe Burrow have been in sync. Here, @MattBowen41 highlights Burrow's ball placement, timing, and trust when targeting Chase against Man and Zone coverage. They face the #Browns in Week 9. #NFL #RuleTheJungle | @GregCosell | @PlaybooKFoley pic.twitter.com/JfnJj9MyEk
— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) November 6, 2021
Chase also averages 92.8 yards per contest, the fourth-best in the league.
Aside from catching the ball, he has also proved his route-running skills against Baltimore Ravens All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
Therefore, opposing defenses must keep an eye on him every time he lines up because he’s capable of big plays.