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Kiper's instant-impact rookies: 2018 NFL draft picks who will play early

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Which team has a steal in the draft? (1:16)

Mel Kiper Jr. is a fan of the Eagles picking Dallas Goedert in the second round, while Todd McShay likes the Chargers picking Derwin James. (1:16)

The Class of 2018 is a fun group. There are several players who fill immediate needs and are already on top of their new teams' depth charts. But as we saw with Myles Garrett, Corey Davis and Mike Williams last year, injuries and team situations can get in the way of instant success.

I ran through my draft grades Saturday night, and now it's time to go through each day of the draft and evaluate the prospects I think will make an early impact. It's more about having a clear role, not coming in and dominating. Not every rookie can be as good as Marshon Lattimore from the start.

You'll notice no quarterbacks are here. That's because none of the five first-round QBs should be starters in Week 1, although things can change quickly. Just ask Carson Wentz.

Here are 20 rookies from Rounds 1-7 who will make an immediate impact, along with several notes on other players.

Quick links: Kiper's draft grades | Todd McShay's best picks for all 32 teams


Rounds 4-7: Offense

Braxton Berrios, WR, New England Patriots

Pick: No. 210 (Round 6)

So long, Danny Amendola. Hello, Berrios? Yes, he's two inches shorter than Amendola, but the 5-foot-9 Berrios is a true slot receiver, and the Patriots have proved they can find effective roles for those guys, beginning with Wes Welker in 2007. Berrios really only got playing time in one season at Miami, catching 55 passes for 679 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He also returned punts and had a touchdown return in 2016. If he can survive a crowded depth chart in New England -- remember that Malcolm Mitchell is coming back after missing all of 2017 -- Berrios can fill a role, and quickly.