A great rookie class can push a team to the next level. A rebuilding club can become relevant with special rookie impetus — witness the Colts with Andrew Luck, Dwayne Allen and so on, or the Redskins with Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris and others last season.
Teams are now more prone than ever to start rookies, or feature them in prominent roles. Occasionally, it’s out of need, but many times the kids are just too good to keep off the field.
Here are the 10 teams this season that are poised to get the most from their draft classes as a whole in Year One.
— Eric Edholm
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