Ranking NFL rookie year impact for non-Round 1 draft picks

The 2024 NFL draft is now a few weeks behind us, which means two important things. First, the preparation for the 2025 draft is on. And second, we can dive deeper on prospect impact now that we know each player's NFL home.

We know plenty of first-rounders will see significant starting time right out of the gate, but considering the depth of this class, I expect plenty of players taken outside Round 1 to also play key roles this coming season.

With that in mind, let's dive in on 20 players drafted on either Day 2 or Day 3 -- Rounds 2-7 -- who can make an immediate rookie season impact for their pro teams. There are certainly more than 20 candidates for these two lists (especially from Day 2), but I decided to rank the top 10 on each side of the ball. I also included two bonus longer shots out of the seventh round who could make a mark.

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