Friday, May 11, 2012
Poll Friday: Biggest rookie impact
By James Walker
We have another interesting "Poll Friday" question in the AFC East. The division had five first-round picks this year, and we want to know who will make the biggest rookie impact in 2012.
Let's start with the highest pick in the division: Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins. The former Texas A&M quarterback has two veterans ahead of him. But Tannehill has all the tools to eventually become a starter. Will he get a chance to make a splash in Miami?
Buffalo Bills rookie corner Stephon Gilmore is a solid player who will contribute immediately. He's going to be a Week 1 starter in Buffalo's secondary and was taken No. 10 overall. Can Gilmore make the biggest impact with the Bills' defense?
Or will it be defensive end Quinton Coples of the New York Jets? New York head coach Rex Ryan loves Coples' athleticism and versatility and plans to use Coples at different positions. Will Coples improve his motor in the pros and produce?
Finally, the New England Patriots took two defensive players: defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker Dont'a Hightower. Will either rookie make the biggest impact this year?
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on which AFC East rookie will make the biggest splash in 2012. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.