With the NFL Draft in the rear-view mirror, the attention has now shifted to which draft selections will have impactful roles with their new franchises.
As many know, WVU saw five players taken in this years draft, with many expected to contribute immediately.
Today, ESPN.com put out a story that asked each team’s beat writer to select one rookie that will have the most significant impact during their rookie season.
Of WVU’s five rookies, three were selected to be the teams most impactful rookies: Karl Joseph of the Raiders, Wendell Smallwood of the Eagles and Daryl Worley for the Panthers.
In Oakland, Joseph was called a “perfect fit” by defensive backs coach and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson. As long as Joseph recovers from his knee injury, he will be expected to step into a starting role immediately.
For Philadelphia, Smallwood is expected to compete for a starting job at the running back position. He is expected to contribute on the offensive side of the ball, regardless if he starts or not.
For the reigning NFC Champions, the Panthers had big shoes to fill in replacing All-Pro Cornerback Josh Norman. The Panthers selected Worley hoping he could fill those shoes, and he is expected to step in and compete for a starting job.
To read the full ESPN article, click here.