Rookie season expectations: Chicago Bears CB Kyler Gordon

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The Chicago Bears drafted Kyler Gordon, a cornerback from Washington in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. With second-round draft capital comes an expectation that he is going to impact the team immediately.

What are reasonable expectations for the first year of Kyler Gordon? Below we can see every rookie cornerback drafted in the second round since 2011. In 2011 the CBA changed and rookies were more valuable to get on the field early, so this is a good cut-off point. There are 39 below sorted from the best season to the worst.

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1Janoris Jenkins8201224STL15148RCB
2Ronald Darby6201522BUF15156LCB
3Donte Jackson6201823CAR16166RCB
4James Bradberry5201623CAR13135LCB
5Tyson Campbell5202121JAX15145CB
6Jaylon Johnson5202021CHI13135RCB
7Byron Murphy5201921ARI16165LCB
8Rock Ya-Sin5201923IND15135lcb
9Johnthan Banks4201324TAM16164RCB
10Sean Murphy-Bunting4201922TAM16104rcb
11Carlton Davis4201822TAM13124LCB
12Trevon Diggs4202022DAL12114RCB
13Casey Hayward4201223GNB1674rcb
14Josh Jackson4201822GNB16104rcb
15Greedy Williams4201922CLE12124RCB
16Trayvon Mullen3201922OAK16103RCB
17Quinten Rollins3201523GNB1443CB
18Asante Samuel Jr.3202122LAC12123CB
19Robert Alford2201325ATL1642CB
20Jalen Collins2201522ATL1622CB
21Duke Dawson2201924DEN1432CB
22Xavien Howard2201623MIA762rcb
23Kevin King2201722GNB952rcb
24Eric Rowe2201523PHI1652rcb
25Darius Slay2201323DET1342CB
26Aaron Williams2201121BUF962lcb
27Quincy Wilson2201721IND752CB
28Mackensie Alexander1201623MIN1301CB
29Kristian Fulton1202022TEN621CB
30Cyrus Jones1201623NWE1011CB
31Kelvin Joseph1202121DAL1021CB
32Lamarcus Joyner1201424STL1011CB
33Isaiah Oliver1201822ATL1421CB
34Teez Tabor1201722DET1011CB
35Jamar Taylor1201323MIA901CB
36Joejuan Williams1201922NWE901CB
37Brandon Harris0201121HOU700CB
38Stanley Jean-Baptiste0201424NOR400CB
39Sidney Jones0201721PHI100CB

About 18 of these players made a legitimate impact as a starter on the roster. It Is worth noting that of the three cornerbacks who did not start as rookies, the only to still be in the NFL is Sidney Jones, who had an Achilles injury before the draft.

You can also see from players 19-39 that there are not many success stories beyond Darius Slay, Xavien Howard, and Kristian Fulton. However, these three all missed significant time as rookies due to injury. Others may have been struggling to get on the field.

This speaks to the idea that if Gordon is not contributing as a rookie, and is not injured, there is a bad chance for his future prospects.

Still, some of the cornerbacks from the list above were

Jaylon Johnson
Trevon Diggs
Ronald Darby
Casey Hayward
Janoris Jenkins
James Bradberry
Xavien Howard
Carlton Davis
Trayvon Mullen

They all went on to have successful careers, and as long as Gordon hits a rookie season similar to these players, he should be in the right place.

According to PFF, this group of players allowed 44 catches on 78 targets on average during their rookie season. That came with 556 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions with 12 forced incompletions.

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It will be fun to go back and look at these numbers after the rookie season of Gordon and see whether or not he hit these barriers that make him like these other round two hits, or if he is closer to names like Quincy Wilson and Duke Dawson after their first season.