Which NFL Team's Rookie Class Will Make the Biggest Impact in 2019?


The 2019 NFL Draft was plenty exciting featuring six Day 1 trades and a run on pass rushers and defensive linemen. Days 2 and 3 of the draft are where teams really find value. Which team found the most value? Here's a look at the rookie classes that will have the most impact on the 2019 NFL season.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers offseason was focused around losing two of the franchise's Killer B's - WR Antonio Brown and RB Le'Veon Bell. Brown was traded to Oakland and the free agent Bell signed with the New York Jets. Pittsburgh needed to upgrade a defense that hasn't been the same since LB Ryan Shazier's injury two years ago. That is why Pittsburgh traded up to take Michigan LB Devin Bush. At 5-feet-11 and 225 pounds, Bush runs 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and is a guy who can play on every down. 

The Steelers also took Justin Layne, a lanky 6-2 cornerback out of Michigan State who should pair nicely with Joe Haden. Add in RB Benny Snell and the Steelers have a rookie class that embodies toughness and all that the Pittsburgh organization is about.

New England Patriots

For the first time in the Bill Belichick era, the Patriots selected a wide receiver in the first round. N'Keal Harry out of Arizona State is a big-bodied, extremely capable receiver that gives Tom Brady a legitimate threat on the outside. Cornerback Joejuan Williams from Vanderbilt is an athletic 6-4 and should be a Day 1 starter. The Patriots also added a high-motor edge rusher in Michigan's Chase Winovich and they added a big back in Damien Harris that is very versatile. Harris is a strong pass receiver and blocker. Belichick won big with his 2019 draft class.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals hit the jackpot in the 2019 draft. First overall pick Kyler Murray should have an immediate impact, though he is surely to suffer from some rookie growing pains. Still, in new head coach Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense Murray should shine. He'll have two new targets in second-round pick Andy Isabella and fourth-rounder Hakeem Butler. Isabella is the 5-9 speedster who will likely play in the slot and Butler is the prototypical big receiver at 6-5 and will play on the outside. All three should play right away.

On defense, the Cardinals added Washington CB Byron Murphy, who should challenge Robert Alford for the starting job opposite Patrick Peterson. Defensive end Zach Allen (Boston College) and safety Deionte Thompson (Alabama) both have the potential to start. The Cardinals draft class may have the most impact as a full six rookies could wind up as starters.