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Impact Rookies for All 32 NFL Teams in 2022

Drake London, Atlanta Falcons, during OTAs

The Atlanta Falcons hope wide receiver Drake London, the eighth overall pick in this year's draft, catches on quickly for the team.

It's well established that the draft is where NFL teams build the foundation of their rosters. However, draftees aren't just foundations of the future. More and more in the modern NFL era, scouts and execs are targeting players who can immediately contribute to the success of the franchise.

As the 2022 NFL Draft picks settle into their new homes and roles, we're starting to put see how some of these rookies are going to play significant roles for their respective teams immediately.

Related: Best and Worst 2022 NFL Draft Pick for Every Team

Here are 32 rookies — one from each team — who will be asked to contribute at a high level in 2022.

AFC East

James Cook, RB, Buffalo Bills
The Bills are already loaded on offense. Cook gives them an Alvin Kamara-type player who can both run between the tackles and excel in the passing game, something they sorely lacked last year.

Channing Tindall, LB, Miami Dolphins
Tindall brings his championship pedigree from Georgia to a defensive unit that desperately needs a playmaker with his skill set on the defensive side of the ball.

Cole Strange, G, New England Patriots
New England wants to run the ball and shorten games. Strange will be a Day 1 starter on the offensive line, and his aggressive style could become the identity of this offensive line unit.

Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, New York Jets
There's been plenty of buzz surrounding the improvements the Jets made on the offensive side of the ball. Johnson, however, will be asked to be a game-changer on defense — especially in terms of getting after opposing quarterbacks.

AFC North

Tyler Linderbaum, C, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens want to run the ball and protect Lamar Jackson. Linderbaum will be the focal point of that effort for the next decade

Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Cincinnati Bengals
Taylor-Britt is a big, physical corner who will draw matchups with elite, big-bodied receivers and be asked to hold his own as a rookie.

David Bell, WR, Cleveland Browns
Bell is a dependable route runner who can find openings in a defense, exploit them and move the chains. He'll immediately fill the void left by Jarvis Landry.

DeMarvin Leal, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Leal is going to provide valuable depth to a defensive line rotation tasked with chasing down some of the best young quarterbacks in the league.

AFC South

Kenyon Green, G, Houston Texans
The Texans have a nice collection of young talent at the skill positions on offense. But they need the offensive line to produce at a high level to realize the full potential of those skill players. Green is a huge part of that.

Bernhard Raimann, OT, Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis offensive line is fine in the run game but needs improvement in pass protection. That starts on the outside with the addition of Raimann.

Devin Lloyd, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags may have drafted Travon Walker first overall, but he's not the rookie expected to make the most immediate impact. Lloyd is mature beyond his years and will be the centerpiece of Jacksonville's defense immediately.

Treylon Burks, WR, Tennessee Titans
It's no secret that Burks was drafted as a 1-for-1 replacement for A.J. Brown. He'll be asked to produce right away in order to create space for Derrick Henry in the run game.

AFC West

Nick Bonitto, Edge, Denver Broncos
Like Karlaftis, the Broncos' second-rounder is going to get a lot of reps going after the quarterbacks in his own division. Experience doing the same in the pass-happy Big 12 will come in handy.

George Karlaftis, Edge, Kansas City Chiefs
Karlaftis was one of the most NFL-ready of the bunch in a deep class of edge rushers. He'll be busy right away in the most talented division in the league as far as quarterback play goes.

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Zamir White, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
Josh McDaniels historically likes the running back by committee approach with a goal-line specialist. White is going to share carries with Josh Jacobs and specializes in punching it in from inside the 5-yard line.

Isaiah Spiller, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Austin Ekeler is on record saying he'd like to lighten his workload to extend his career, but he needs other running backs to step up. Spiller has the freshest legs and the most talent of everyone behind Ekeler on the depth chart.

NFC East

Jalen Tolbert, WR, Dallas Cowboys
With Amari Cooper shipped off to Cleveland and Michael Gallup returning from a torn ACL, Tolbert is going to be asked to grow up in a hurry. He has a chance to be a big-play threat thanks to his size and ball-tracking ability.

Evan Neal, OT, New York Giants
If Neal can be the dominant tackle he's projected to be, the Giants have "worst-to-first" potential with the collection of offensive skill players on the roster, working in Brian Daboll's scheme.

Cam Jurgens, OL, Philadelphia Eagles
Jurgens might have been the best pure athlete out of all of the offensive linemen drafted in 2022. His versatility and agility can change some things the Eagles do on offense.

Brian Robinson, RB, Washington Redskins
It sounds like the Washington staff isn't sold on Antonio Gibson as a workhorse back. They want to line him up at receiver more, which opens up workhorse and closing duties for Robinson, who is built for both.

NFC North

Velus Jones Jr., WR, Chicago Bears
A lot of jokes have come at the expense of Jones' age (25), but there's nothing funny about Chicago's need to find a dependable receiving threat opposite of Darnell Mooney.

Aidan Hutchinson, Edge, Detroit Lions
Hutchinson's talent is obvious, but his style of play is going to become the identity of the Detroit defense. He should be able to lead the team in sacks from Day 1.

Devonte Wyatt, DE, Green Bay Packers
Wyatt steps in as an immediate starter at a position of need for Green Bay. He brings with him a bit of championship pedigree as a key piece of Georgia's historically good defensive unit last season.

Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Minnesota Vikings
If not for some medical issues that appear to now be behind him, a strong case could have been made for Booth as the best corner in the 2022 NFL Draft. He's going to be drawing the assignment against the opposition's top receiver every week before season's end.

NFC South

Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons
With the suspension of Calvin Ridley, the Falcons desperately need to find a dependable target to take attention away from Kyle Pitts. That's the reason Atlanta drafted London.

Ikem Ekwonu, OT, Carolina Panthers
Carolina has some huge question marks at quarterback. Having a player like Ekwonu to provide some peace and quiet in the pocket will be invaluable for the Panthers.

Chris Olave, WR, New Orleans Saints
Olave might be the most polished route runner in the rookie class, and his skill set is different from that of every other receiver on the Saints roster. He will be the big play guy in The Big Easy.

Logan Hall, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The expectations for Hall are lofty, as he was drafted to eventually replace the production and impact of Ndamukong Suh. The Bucs' run defense is already solid, but they'll need him to shore up the pass rush.

NFC West

Cameron Thomas, Edge, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals needed to find a replacement for Chandler Jones. They hope to have found one in the draft with Thomas — the 2021 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Logan Bruss, OL, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams don't have many question marks, but an element of uncertainty on the offensive line heightens the need for Bruss to be a regular part of the rotation up front.

Tyrion Davis-Price, RB, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers want to run the ball, and you need multiple guys to carry the load in today's NFL. Davis-Price is a guy who runs with power between the tackles and is a nice change-up to Elijah Mitchell, who is more of a glider.

Charles Cross, OT, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle didn't pay much attention to upgrading the offensive line when Russell Wilson was the quarterback. His departure necessitates a change in policy in strategy as the two front-runners to replace him - Geno Smith and Drew Lock - don't possess the same level of mobility as Wilson. Seattle needs a dependable pass protector, and they need Cross to be that guy.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on,, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.