Micah Parsons strengthens DPOY case whereas Ja’Marr Chase rises

The NFL rookie rankings acknowledge the highest rookies all through the season. This isn’t a week-to-week award. It’s cumulative, and it exhibits simply how spectacular the most effective rookies have been this season. It wouldn’t shock me to see a number of rookies make an All-Professional crew in 2021.

Week 15 NFL Rookie Rankings | 1-5

The highest half of the highest 10 is crammed with absolute gems. 4 of the 5 jocky for a top-five spot at their place throughout the league, whereas the fifth is main probably the most environment friendly offenses within the NFL.

1) Micah Parsons, LB, Dallas Cowboys

Micah Parsons is already changing into a little bit of a legend as a rookie. Just a few weeks in the past, regardless of his ridiculous rookie season, he wasn’t even on the board on some betting websites for Defensive Participant of the Yr. Now, he’s +400 on DraftKings, simply behind Myles Garrett and T.J. Watt, who’re each +300.

The one rookie to win the award was Lawrence Taylor in 1981. That may be a bit poetic as a result of many have likened Parsons to Taylor early in his profession, given their versatility, velocity, and violence as gamers.

The Cowboys linebacker had 5 pressures and a pair of sacks in simply 19 go rushes in opposition to Washington in Week 14. However he tweeted to Brian Baldinger after the sport that he was “having nightmares” about lacking out on a tipped interception.

2) Creed Humphrey, C, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

It’s troublesome to elucidate simply how good Creed Humphrey has been for the Chiefs as a rookie. In virtually some other season, he’d be on the prime of this listing. In reality, at one level, he was on the prime, at the same time as Parsons shined.

Humphrey didn’t have his greatest recreation in opposition to Las Vegas. He allowed a strain, which he hadn’t achieved since Week 10 in opposition to the Raiders. However speaking about his potential as a go protector is barely a part of the image. He’s additionally an elite run blocker. His large, athletic, 320-pound body combined along with his mind permits him to seal rush lanes and drive defenders with ease.

3) Rashawn Slater, OT, Los Angeles Chargers

One of many causes that Joe Lombardi can enable Justin Herbert to throw passes that don’t even register on the NextGenStats’ passing chart as a result of they’re too deep is how comfy they’re with their rookie left sort out.

We all know Slater is a incredible athlete for the place, however the smoothness and fluidity in his actions enable him to recuperate nicely even when initially beat. However his potential to open up the speeding assault is what is really spectacular.

In accordance with Soccer Outsiders, the Chargers are averaging 5.07 adjusted line yards to the left sort out once they run, which is definitely the best of any space on the crew and is sweet for fifth within the NFL.

Now, offensive line analytics are finicky, so take that with a grain of salt. Simply watch them run the ball, and it’s clear they’re at their greatest on tape when working towards No. 70. He may be a top-three left sort out within the NFL already, not only a top-three rookie within the NFL rankings.

4) Greg Newsome II, CB, Cleveland Browns

Greg Newsome II continues to play an unbelievable degree of soccer on the skin for Cleveland. It’s unbelievable to see how calm he’s with the ball of their air. In any case, he solely performed in 17 faculty video games, and he did that within the Large 10, not the Large 12 the place groups air it out 40+ occasions a recreation.

He’s so silky easy that groups aren’t even actually testing him. They’re attacking both the center of the sector (which isn’t an amazing concept as a result of JOK resides there) or they’re attacking different gifted secondary members, which the Browns are stuffed with. Newsome nonetheless has loads of possibilities to show himself additional with a gauntlet of fine receivers coming as much as end the season.

5) Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots

It’s upsetting to see solely one of many rookie quarterbacks on the highest 25 listing, however such has been this season for the ultra-talented group of signal-callers. Mac Jones was the ultimate one drafted within the first spherical and the least bodily gifted of the group.

He’s come out and performed precisely like we anticipated him to. Jones has been extremely environment friendly as a rookie. Moreover, Josh McDaniels and the Patriots teaching workers have put him in an unbelievable state of affairs. Their display screen recreation on offense is unbelievable, and Invoice Belichick has in some way discovered diamonds within the tough within the receivers they signed in free company.

However Jones can also be exhibiting far more than I anticipated. He’s achieved extra on the hoof as a rookie than he ever dreamed of getting to do at Alabama. As a result of we didn’t see a lot outdoors of the pocket or scrambling, we didn’t know if he might do it at a degree excessive sufficient to be a plus.

Jones has come out and proved that he, too, can choose up some yards along with his legs. And even when he celebrates a third-down run that ended up being 2 yards quick, he confirmed some juice.

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There are not any new names within the prime 10 this week, however I wouldn’t anticipate that to be a pattern. Just a few within the 11-15 vary might creep up over the approaching weeks.

6) Patrick Surtain II, CB, Denver Broncos

Patrick Surtain II continues to indicate precisely why he was picked within the prime 10 of the 2021 NFL Draft. His technical proficiency is unequalled in a rookie, however we should always have seen that coming. In any case, he’s the son of a former Professional Bowl cornerback and went to high school at Alabama studying below Nick Saban.

It doesn’t harm that for those who created a cornerback in Madden, he would most likely seem like Surtain. He has the size and density you dream of as a defensive backs coach, however with huge reserves of fluidity and explosiveness as well.

7) Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

On PFN Weekly (which you’ll be able to see dwell on Twitch EVERY DAY at 3 PM ET), I mentioned that Ja’Marr Chase is Joe Burrows “binkie” or blanket. No matter Burrow used as a toddler for consolation even after he was method too outdated by common “masculine” requirements to own.

When the Bengals wanted to fireplace each bullet of their journal to beat the 49ers, Burrow went to Chase to the tune of two TDs and simply missed out on one other that the bottom helped Chase safe. That was sufficient to leap him up within the NFL rookie rankings.

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After I mentioned Chase jogged my memory of Michael Gallup throughout the draft course of, many took that as a perceived slight. These individuals have been flawed.

Gallup has an innate potential to separate on the final second on vertical routes, and there may be only a handful of receivers with higher consciousness and skill across the sidelines. Chase’s potential to separate late is what makes him such a weapon.

8) Jevon Holland, S, Miami Dolphins

Jevon Holland and the Dolphins didn’t play this week. However, I can’t assist however sit in awe of what he’s achieved as a rookie enjoying a very completely different place than he did in his closing few years of school at Oregon. Holland has confirmed his value on a number of fronts as a defensive weapon. However his most important impression and the place he’s performed most is as a free security.

Holland was an outrageous, bodily run defender enjoying within the slot for Oregon, and he brings that very same angle from the Geese to the Dolphins. He’s cerebral but instinctive and has the athleticism to cowl greater than sufficient floor on the again finish.

9) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins

There isn’t anyone extra bullish on Jaylen Waddle than me. He was my highest-graded broad receiver within the three seasons I’ve used a numerical grading scale, and his ceiling is probably the most harmful receiver within the NFL. Miami isn’t presently utilizing him that method for a few causes, however that offense wouldn’t operate with out Waddle.

He will get open at will to all three areas of the sector, and his solely actual battle comes from his lack of size in contested conditions. If he stays on his torrent tempo, he’ll break Anquan Boldin’s rookie file of 101 catches. Hopefully, he does that in simply 16 video games as a result of we don’t wish to even take into consideration the file with an additional recreation. Waddle didn’t do something to drop within the NFL rookie rankings; Chase merely jumped the 2 Dolphins throughout their bye week.

10) Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Cleveland Browns

Watching Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah transfer on the linebacker place is wild. He’s not Parsons explosive, as they transfer in a different way. JOK is fluid and rangy, whereas Parsons is explosive and violent in his velocity. The younger linebacker’s greatest constructive is available in protection. Heck, JOK virtually performed slot/security at Notre Dame.

The largest shock is how fast his set off has been in opposition to the run. He’s intuitive and clever. It’s the one clarification for his early success as a result of he actually doesn’t have the lifetime reps within the field to be so fast to the ball.

NFL Rookie Rankings Week 15 | 11-15

11) Trey Smith, G, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
12) Jaelan Phillips, OLB, Miami Dolphins
13) Christian Barmore, DT, New England Patriots
14) Penei Sewell, OT, Detroit Lions
15) Kwity Paye, DE, Indianapolis Colts

NFL Rookie Rankings Week 15 | 16-25

16) Nate Hobbs, CB, Las Vegas Raiders
17) Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons
18) Odafe Oweh, OLB, Baltimore Ravens
19) DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
20) Pete Werner, LB, New Orleans Saints
21) Kadarius Toney, WR, New York Giants
22) Azeez Ojulari, OLB, New York Giants
23) Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
24) Eric Stokes, CB, Inexperienced Bay Packers
25) Alim McNeill, DT, Detroit Lions


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