Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) breaks tackles as he takes a reception 82 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. The Bengals moved into the top of the AFC North with a 41-17 win over the Ravens. Cincinnati Bengals At Baltimore Ravens Week 7

Throughout the NFL season, we’re ranking the top 10 rookies in the league based on their progress. Here’s the breakdown following Week 7.

10. Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts: Rookie tight ends usually come along slowly, but after a good-not-amazing start to his season, the No. 4 overall pick out of Florida has exploded with 282 yards in the last two weeks alone.

9. Miami Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle: That’s 153 yards and two touchdowns the last two weeks for the No. 6 overall selection out of Alabama. He seemed to have plenty of chemistry with college teammate Tua Tagovailoa.

8. Las Vegas Raiders CB Nate Hobbs: The surprising fifth-rounder has yet to surrender a touchdown in coverage and has a sub-90 opposing passer rating.

7. Denver Broncos CB Patrick Surtain II: The ninth overall selection has surrendered just 23 completions on 45 attempts and a 72.1 passer rating in coverage. He also has an interception.

6. New England Patriots QB Mac Jones: None of the rookie quarterbacks have performed particularly well, but Jones leads the AFC with a 70.4 completion rate, and he’s at least thrown more touchdown passes (nine) than interceptions (six).

5. Los Angeles Chargers OT Rashawn Slater: The No. 13 overall pick has the top pass-blocking grade among qualified rookies at Pro Football Focus. He’s given up just one quarterback hit thus far.

4. Dallas Cowboys LB Micah Parsons: The versatile first-rounder has shined with 2.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hits, and 30 tackles. He’s a big reason the Cowboys defense has exceeded expectations this year.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers RB Najee Harris: Only five running backs have more yards from scrimmage than the first-round Alabama product. He also scored three touchdowns in a three-game span ahead of Pittsburgh’s Week 7 bye.

2. Kansas City Chiefs C Creed Humphrey: The second-rounder leads all qualified AFC centers with a PFF grade of 84.4. It’s been a tough season for the Chiefs, but that has nothing to do with this selection.

1. Cincinnati Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase: The No. 5 overall pick out of LSU leads the AFC with 754 receiving yards, six touchdowns, and 14.8 yards per target. Right now, he’s a first-team All-Pro and the runaway Offensive Rookie of the Year.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.