The 2023 NFL Draft saw four standout players from the UCLA Bruins getting drafted by different NFL teams. As they gear up for their rookie season in the big league, the question arises: Which UCLA draftee will make the biggest impact in their first season?
Let’s take a closer look at the UCLA Draftee Contenders:
Zach Charbonnet, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Selected in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks, Zach Charbonnet is entering a running back room needing a burst of energy. Charbonnet was a dynamic rusher in college, known for his power, agility, and knack for finding the end zone. With the Seahawks known for their run-first philosophy, Charbonnet has the opportunity to contribute significantly in his rookie season.
Jon Gaines II, G, Arizona Cardinals
Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round, Jon Gaines II brings grit and tenacity to an offensive line that needs depth and a team that needs leadership. His strength, toughness, and blocking capabilities in college make him an intriguing prospect for the Cardinals. If Gaines can showcase his talent and versatility, he could solidify his place on the line.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, Cleveland Browns
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the dynamic quarterback selected in the fifth round by the Cleveland Browns, is a fascinating prospect. Known for his arm strength, athleticism, and leadership, DTR could provide depth and competition at the quarterback position in Cleveland. However, he’s likely to be a developmental prospect and might not see significant playing time in his rookie season.
Atonio Mafi, G, New England Patriots
Atonio Mafi, another fifth-round selection, is headed to the New England Patriots. Known for his size and power, Mafi could provide depth on the Patriots’ offensive line. His development and adaptability to the Patriots’ system will be key to his rookie season success. The Patriots are known for finding gems in later rounds and Mafi could easily be one of those.
Which UCLA draftee do you think will make the most significant impact in their rookie season?