When you invest your fourth overall pick in a running back and pair him with one of the best O-lines in the league, I think the expectation is that you've drafting a guy who'll have a pretty big impact on the team. And not just down the line, but immediately.
In fact, my personal expectation is that given his draft pedigree, Ezekiel Elliott should at least be in contention for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Having said that, my expectations for the remaining Cowboys draft picks are somewhat lower, but I am excited by their potential nevertheless.
Jaylon Smith probably won't take any snaps this year given his injury status, and Dak Prescott definitley shouldn't take any snaps this year, because that would mean another season down the crapper. But there are six other draft picks that could all play a role this year.
Can Maliek Collins step up at three-technique this year despite missing time with a broken foot; can Charles Tapper live up to his athletic potential and establish himself as part of the rotation at defensive end; will Anthony Brown be able to translate his speed into a spot on the roster; is Kavon Frazier able to challenge for a spot at safety; will Darius Jackson impress enough to allow the Cowboys to trade ; does Roco Gathers have enough time to learn how to be part of red zone packages; and could "eighth draft pick" Rodney Coe make an immediate impact on the D-line?
Let us know which rookies you think will have the most success this year.