The 2016 NFL Draft is right around the corner, but for a moment, let's examine how some key figures from last year's draft class are progressing.
The 2015 campaign saw plenty of significant contributions from rookies on the offensive side of the ball. Offensive Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley took the league by storm, eclipsing 125 rushing yards in each of his first four starts. Meanwhile, wide receiver Amari Cooper routinely torched opposing secondaries, posting a 1,000-yard campaign in his debut season. David Johnson was one of the league's most explosive running backs in the second half of the season, excelling in all facets of the game. And of course, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota appeared to validate their lofty draft positions (Nos. 1 and 2, respectively), showing immense promise as quarterbacks to build around.
It's easy to expect big things from all of those guys in 2016, but who else will make their mark in Year 2? Which offensive player from the 2015 draft class is bound to break out in a major way in 2016?
Based on Parker's talent, he will be one of the focal points of the passing game. With
Jarvis Landry playing in the slot and possibly getting double-teamed, Parker will win a number of one-on-one matchups, and I fully expect him to have 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns by season's end.
With Rawls' talent, I don't think the
Seahawks are in much of a panic in the wake of
Beast Mode announcing his retirement. I'm expecting Rawls to do a lot in the ground game, because he'll be carrying the load this season.
With a full offseason to grow more familiar with
Ryan Tannehill, Parker will receive even more opportunities in 2016. I'm really excited to see what he does this season.