Join Date: Apr 2011
Top Rookies After Week 2, According to Profootballfocus
Interesting article - this is a weekly feature on their site in which they rate the top rookies after every week:
1. Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos, +9.4 (123 snaps)
Controversy. But while the man below has made some errors, this guys hasn’t. Not just that, he’s made plays. Beating tackles for pressure and hits and making plays in the run game, Miller is number two on the year in our 3-4 OLB rankings.
2. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers, +10.8 (152 snaps)
Take away those second and third quarters and I couldn’t avoid giving it to the so far excellentNewton. He’s been remarkable, especially on balls thrown 20 yards or further. In that area he’s completed 10 of 15 (with one drop) for a league leading 370 yards. Second place is a result of the ‘all positions created equal’ philosophy this race embraces.
3. Phil Taylor, DT, Cleveland Browns, +5.7 (92 snaps)
So he hasn’t really been tested yet. So what.Tayloris fourth in our defensive tackle rankings after another solid showing. Leads all defensive tackles in stops with seven of them.
4. Mike Pouncey, C, Miami Dolphins, +4.4 (139 snaps)
Has made a better start to his NFL career than his brother did a year ago, yet nobody seems to have realized this. Was superb againstHouston, bossing both Shaun Cody and Earl Mitchell. Currently dominating our ‘Pouncey of the Year’ competition.
5. Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Washington Redskins, +4.1 (108 snaps)
Could very well win the race if he plays Brandon Keith every week. Picked up four pressures and a sack on the Cardinals right tackle.
6. Jabaal Sheard, DE, Cleveland Browns, +3.3 (131 snaps)
An iron man who has missed just seven snaps in two games. So far making an impact with his pass rushing to the tune of one sack, two hits and three pressures in two games.
7. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans, +3.1 (106 snaps)
Not so good against Miami where he picked up just the solitary hit, but he did block a field goal.
8. Tyron Smith, RT, Dallas Cowboys, +1.7 (140 snaps)
Would like for him to be a little more visible in the run game, but just two pressures given up in two games to date. Already represents big upgrade at RT spot for Cowboys.
9. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals, +2.1 receiver grade (124 snaps)
Got a glimpse of what he is capable of in Denver, catching 10 of 14 balls thrown his way as the Broncos defensive backs were simply overmatched against him.
10. Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders, +2.2 receiver grade (79 snaps)
Do you think Leodis McKelvin is glad to see the back of him?
I like how Miller is the #1 rookie thus far, and clearly the #1 defensive rookie. I had him pegged as my DROTY before the preseason started.