Throughout the NFL season, we’ll be ranking the top 10 rookies in the league based on their progress. Here’s the breakdown following Week 2.
10. Los Angeles Chargers OT Rashawn Slater: The No. 13 overall pick isn’t responsible for a single quarterback hit or sack, and he’s yet to take a penalty on Justin Herbert’s blind side.
9. New England Patriots QB Mac Jones: The No. 15 overall pick has completed 74 percent of his passes as part of an extremely efficient start. He’s yet to turn the ball over and has been sacked just four times.
Mac Jones' weekly gorgeous throw pic.twitter.com/LdlakRu0QZ
— Ben Brown (@BenBrownPL) September 19, 2021
8. Los Angeles Chargers CB Asante Samuel Jr.: Opposing quarterbacks have a mere 29.7 passer rating when throwing into Samuel’s coverage this season. The second-round pick also recorded his first interception Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
7. Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase: The No. 5 overall pick has scored in each of his first two career games. He’s caught 64 percent of the passes thrown his way.
Ja’Marr Chase is a deep ball machine pic.twitter.com/bGXYLVrD9L
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) September 19, 2021
6. Baltimore Ravens edge Odafe Oweh: The first-round pick has been a force beyond the box score, but he also has a sack, three quarterback hits, and a forced fumble/fumble recovery under his belt.
5. Cleveland Browns CB Greg Newsome II: The No. 26 overall selection has given up just three receptions for 24 yards. He has the top Pro Football Focus grade among qualified rookie defensive backs thus far.
4. Carolina Panthers CB Jaycee Horn: In his first two career starts, the No. 8 overall pick has surrendered zero yards in coverage in a pair of victories. He also has a pick.
3. Green Bay Packers C Josh Myers: The second-round selection has Corey Linsley’s big shoes to fill, but he’s given up just two pressures in a penalty-free start to the season. He’s the highest-rated rookie offensive lineman in the league at PFF.
2. Arizona Cardinals WR Rondale Moore: The second-round selection leads all rookies with 11 receptions and 182 yards. He also scored a huge touchdown Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, and he’s yet to drop a pass.
Rondale Moore is getting his feet under him.. sky-high potential pic.twitter.com/biPiqy5QkP
— Dylan Lowe (@DylanLoweNFL) September 19, 2021
1. Dallas Cowboys LB Micah Parsons: The No. 12 overall selection already has a sack, five quarterback hits, nine tackles and a pass defensed under his belt.