Nov 7, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) during warmups prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout the NFL season, we’re ranking the top-10 rookies in the league based on their progress. Here’s the breakdown following Week 10.

10. Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts: The No. 4 overall pick has scored just once thus far, but he ranks behind only Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews with 606 receiving yards.

9. Kansas City Chiefs G Trey Smith: PFF’s third-highest-graded qualified first-year offensive lineman has greatly exceeded expectations as a sixth-round selection in front of Patrick Mahomes.

8. Miami Dolphins S Jevon Holland: The second-highest graded qualified rookie defender at Pro Football Focus has 38 tackles, a pick, two sack, and five quarterback hits.

7. Los Angeles Chargers OT Rashawn Slater: The No. 13 overall selection has surrendered a sack in just one game this season in support of quarterback Justin Herbert. He has the top pass-blocking grade among first-year players at PFF.

6. Philadelphia Eagles WR DeVonta Smith: The No. 10 overall pick has scored three times in the last two weeks. He’s now on track for a 1,000-yard, seven-touchdown rookie campaign.

5. New England Patriots QB Mac Jones: It’s coming together for a player with the league’s fourth-highest completion rate at 69.0. The fifth quarterback selected in the 2021 draft has a 105.2 passer rating the last five weeks.

4. Dallas Cowboys LB Micah Parsons: The No. 12 overall pick leads all rookies with six sacks and has added 58 tackles, 15 quarterback hits and a forced fumble. He’s running away with Defensive Rookie of the Year.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers RB Najee Harris: Only two running backs in football have more scrimmage yards than the No. 24 overall selection. He’s also up to six touchdowns.

2. Kansas City Chiefs C Creed Humphrey: The second-round pick is PFF’s top-rated center, not just among rookies, but among everyone. And by a significant margin.

1. Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase: The No. 5 overall pick slowed down a touch before Cincinnati’s Week 10 bye, but he’s still on track to have a massive rookie season. He ranks fifth among NFL wide receivers with 835 yards to go with seven touchdowns.

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