The 2016 NFL season is just around the corner as all eyes will be focused on the newest rookie class including the top defensive stars of that group. Among that list that everyone will have their eyes on is defensive back Jalen Ramsey for the Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive end Joey Bosa of the San Diego Chargers and linebacker Leonard Floyd of the Chicago Bears.
While that group looks great on paper there are concerns with each of them including Ramsey who just received a minor knee procedure last week. That being said many expect him to be ready for the Jaguars start of training camp. For us, each of these stars has a chance at making a name for themselves in their first season in the NFL.
That being said, what other 2016 NFL defensive rookies will make a big impact in their first full season in the NFL? Here is our list of other top defensive NFL rookies to watch in 2016:
Karl Joseph, Safety: The Oakland Raiders safety is the exact style of player we like at the safety position. Joseph is a physical hard hitting safety that also possesses great technical skill that allows him to use his abilities to come up in the box as well as cover players in man coverage.
Myles Jack, Linebacker: Leading up to the 2016 NFL draft, Jack was talked about as one of the best players in this draft. Than concerns over the potential of a big time knee injury dropped him to the second round for the Jaguars teaming him up with Ramsey to form a dynamic rookie duo. Jack showed during his time in college he can cover in pass situations after leading the country in pass breakups. Jacks explosiveness should help him also get to the quarterback in 2016.
Robert Nkemdiche, Defensive Tackle: The former Mississippi star will be taking his talents to a very good defensive team in the Arizona Cardinals. Nkemdiche posses great strength and quickness something that should help him not only stop opposing running backs but also get to the opposing quarterback. He will also get the bonus of playing on one of the NFL’s top teams.
Sean Davis, Cornerback: Now I will say I love Ramsey as well as Eli Apple but everyone has the first round cornerbacks on their top defensive player board. For us we have turned our attention to the six foot one inch Davis who played his college football at the University of Maryland. Davis was the Pittsburgh Steelers second cornerback drafted as the team took Artie Burns in the first round. Davis has great size and the knack for finding the ball after recording three interceptions during 2015. Along with that, he likes to hit something that is hard to find in cornerbacks and it showed up in the stat sheet for the Terps as he forced five fumbles.
We could see each of these players taking home the 2016 NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year Award!
How do you like out of the 2016 NFL Defensive Rookies entering the 2016 NFL season?