Pressure might make diamonds, but it can also make for disappointing rookie seasons.
In some cases, rookies are put in a position where much is expected in Year 1 and it works out.
Micah Parsons was supposed to help transform a poor Cowboys defense and responded by making a case for Defensive Player of the Year in his first season. Justin Jefferson stepped in as a rookie as the direct replacement for Stefon Diggs and posted better numbers than the veteran ever did within the Minnesota offense.
But those cases can place unrealistic demands on future rookies. More often than not, it takes time to find success in the NFL.
Looking at the 2022 draft class, there are rookies heading into situations where the bar is set too high. Whether they're being asked to fill a role they probably aren't ready for or facing unfair comparisons, we should temper our expectations for these first-year players.
Treylon Burks, WR, Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans receiver room is going to look a lot different in 2022.
Gone are A.J. Brown and Julio Jones. Stepping into their shoes will be Robert Woods and Treylon Burks.
The decision to trade Brown is bound to be a divisive one. With the swelling wide receiver market, it was going to be incredibly expensive to keep Brown on the roster, but teams are never going to be excited to offload a 24-year-old wideout with nearly 3,000 yards in his first three seasons.
While Woods is likely to be WR1 in Tennessee, there's going to be a lot of pressure on Burks to become the new young, dominant receiver in Brown's absence.
Burks is capable of stepping into those shoes eventually.
The 6'2", 225-pound receiver's ability to get yards after the catch is tantalizing, but his role might take some time to figure out. At Arkansas, he was used almost exclusively in the slot, but with Brown and Jones gone, there's going to be a desire to play him in wide alignments.
Overall, Burks will have a bigger adjustment period in the NFL than his draft position and circumstances might suggest.