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2024 NFL Draft: 4 Non-QBs Set Up For Success In Rookie Year

The 2024 NFL Draft is in the books and there are many rookies that will enter the league in great situations.

Of course, quarterbacks are at the forefront of this. There are many that will step into starting roles right away, led by Caleb Williams and Jayden Daniels. That does not mean that they will be the most impactful right away.

Below, check out five players that will make an impact as rookies.

4. Rome Odunze, WR, Chicago Bears

The lone reason that Odunze is not hired on this list is because a lot of his success is based on the play of the quarterback. While there are high hopes for Williams, he is still a rookie and anything is possible. Outside of that, Odunze is the prototypical NFL wide receiver that all 32 teams would want. He will join D.J. Moore and Keenan Allen in what is now an elite group of receivers.

3. Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers hired Jeff Hafley to be their new defensive coordinator and they somehow landed arguably the best linebacker in the draft in the second round. Not a bad start for Hafley, who can use Cooper plenty in a blitz-heavy defense. Green Bay is going to bolster an elite front seven with the addition of Cooper to go along with Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, Kenny Smith, and others.

2. Joe Alt, OT, Los Angeles Chargers

This was a classic Jim Harbaugh selection in the first round. Despite moving on from both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, the Chargers selected Joe Alt out of Notre Dame with the fifth-overall pick in the draft. Whether it was in San Francisco or Michigan, Harbaugh wants to build teams that are tough and physical in the trenches. The Chargers already feature Rashawn Slater at left tackle. He is one of the top tackles in the league, when healthy. Now, Alt can be placed on the right side and make up one of the best duos in the league.

1. Xavier Worthy, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

A speedy, first-round wide receiver heading to Kansas City? Xavier Worthy might be set up for the best success out of any pick in this draft. Why? Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid. The Chiefs traded up to No. 28 to select Worthy and add a weapon on the outside. Kansas City needed to upgrade the wide receiver position drastically this offseason and has now added Worthy and Marquise Brown. There will now be other weapons outside of Travis Kelce for Mahomes to work with.


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