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Which draft picks will start as rookies?

As the look back over the draft continues, we'll explore which rookies will contribute right away.

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Ryan Pace ended up with nine selections in last weekend's draft.

If you need to familiarize yourself with those selections, I recommend clicking right here to check out Mr. E.J. Snyder's breakdown because it is second to none. Snyder concluded in his piece about the breakdown of how many picks would succeed vs. how many would fail.

He surmised that of the nine picks, hitting on 50 percent of them would be a huge win for Pace.

That is looking long term.

I am looking much more short term.

The Bears had a number of needs to be filled this offseason and Pace went to work checking off those items methodically and added a bevy of young talent through the draft.

Everyone knows that immediate grades of drafts and analyzing the picks is a fruitless endeavor. It takes years before a draft class can be properly rated and ranked. In fact, I think that the best metric may very well be in year five for players.

Under the new collectively bargaining agreement, rookies receive four year contracts with fifth year options. First round players are then very easy to judge on how they panned out based on whether or not they get their option picked up. Later round picks will likely see contract extensions or the franchise tag.

But there's no fun in waiting four years to judge a player's draft status. The fact is, many players have an impact on their team right away as rookies, even if they go on to less-stellar careers.

For example, look at Bears rookie sensation Mark Anderson. Anderson came in as a rookie in 2006 and registered 12 sacks as a situational pass rusher but never again eclipsed five sacks in a season as a Bear.

In 2013, Jordan Mills came in as a fifth-round pick and started all 16 games at right tackle. He was released less than two full seasons later.

Not all rookie surprises fizzle out either. In 2008 Matt Forte racked up over 1,000 rushing yards and went on to a great Bears career. Mills' 2013 draft classmate Kyle Long started 16 games and hasn't looked back.

Some rookies will fizzle, some will soar. Looking over the Bears' rookie class, who do you think will have the best chance to make the most immediate impact?

Leonard Floyd, OLB
Cody Whitehair, OG
Jonathan Bullard, DE
Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB
Deon Bush, S
Deiondre Hall, CB
Jordan Howard, RB
DeAndre Houston-Carson, CB
Daniel Braverman, WR

While you want your first round pick to have the most immediate impact, it's easy to temper expectations just based on how slight Floyd is. That doesn't mean he can't do it though.

Whitehair is expected to be in the mix for a starting position on the OL but he faces veteran competition. I think he's a great candidate for rookie impact player. Bullard is another great candidate, especially as a run-stuffer. I expect him to be in the rotation early and often.

Recent Bears history would suggest that one of the DBs will see action, especially Bush as the Bears seem to always be plugging in rookie safeties.

I think if I had to pick just one player that I think will have the most impact as a rookie though, I'd go with Whitehair.

Who do you think will make the most immediate impact?