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Creating NFL 2021 Rookie Awards, from Best QB to Biggest Day 3 Gem: Mac Jones, Micah Parsons headline

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The 2021 NFL draft class featured five first-round quarterbacks and a collection of opt-out players from the previous college season. A pressure-creation rate of nearly 12% in a debut NFL season is damn good for a defensive tackle.

Most Valuable Undrafted Free Agent Jerry Jacobs DET CB 39 View Profile

Not a large selection to choose from here, but Jacobs turned in the most impressive UDFA season in 2021, with seven pass breakups and a forced fumble in 13 games before landing on IR with a torn ACL. The Arkansas State and Arkansas product was a chippy outside corner in Dan Campbell’s offense, an appropriate style for a team looking bite its opponent’s kneecaps every week.

Most Impactful Playmaking Defensive Back Jevon Holland MIA FS 8 View Profile

Patrick Surtain II had a fine rookie season – four interceptions including a pick six – but Holland was more consistently impactful in all phases of the game.

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