Ranking teams based on impact of 2015 draft class: Nos. 17-32

Now that the NFL regular season has come to a close, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the impact of each team's 2015 draft class. I ranked every team, from 1-32, based on the impact they received from their rookie draft picks. For the sake of this project, I focused solely on the rookies that were drafted. In other words, impactful rookie free agents weren't a factor in this ranking. Keep this in mind: This ranking is based solely on the immediate return of the picks. Many of the players selected suffered injuries or were stuck behind talented veterans on the depth chart. The ultimate winners of this draft won't be determined for at least a couple of years.

17. Indianapolis Colts:Henry Anderson was having a great year before suffering a season-ending injury in early November. I like the toughness David Parry and Clayton Geathers have brought to the defense.

18. Cleveland Browns:Danny Shelton hasn't dominated like I expected, but Duke Johnson and Nate Orchard both had promising moments this fall.

19. Baltimore Ravens:Breshad Perriman didn't play this fall after suffering an injury in the summer, but Za'Darius Smith and Javorius Allen have been bright spots.

20. Carolina Panthers:Shaq Thompson hasn't quite made as many splash plays as I expected. Devin Funchess has helped offset the loss of Kelvin Benjamin.

21. New York Jets:Leonard Williams was as advertised, while Devin Smith had a marginal impact.

22. Detroit Lions: The Lions' rookie class, led by Laken Tomlinson and Ameer Abdullah, hasn't played consistently, but there have been flashes of brilliance.

23. Miami Dolphins: I expected more from DeVante Parker, but he started to pick things up over the last few weeks.

24. New York Giants:Landon Collins has been extremely productive, while Ereck Flowers has been up and down.

25. San Diego Chargers:Melvin Gordon had a disappointing season, but Denzel Perryman's play should have the organization excited.

26. Philadelphia Eagles:Nelson Agholor hasn't been as productive as I expected. Jordan Hicks was having an excellent campaign before an injury forced him to miss the second half of the season.

27. Seattle Seahawks:Tyler Lockett has been tremendous. This ranking would soar if I had included undrafted free agents, as the signing of running back Thomas Rawls paid off big time.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers:Bud Dupree flashed early in the season and Jesse James has given the Steelers quality snaps in reserve.

29. San Francisco 49ers:Jaquiski Tartt has been steady, and despite a lack of production, Arik Armstead has shown upside.

30. Denver Broncos: The Broncos' roster depth made it tough for rookies to contribute, but Shane Ray has done a nice job as a situational pass rusher.

31. Dallas Cowboys: I love the versatility and toughness displayed by Byron Jones, but Randy Gregory has been very disappointing.

32. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals have the best roster in the NFL and that's made it very hard for their rookies to make a big impact.

Follow Daniel Jeremiah on Twitter at @MoveTheSticks.

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