Sep 12, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) celebrates the catch during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-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 8.

10. New England Patriots QB Mac Jones: The first-round Alabama product has nine touchdown passes to six interceptions and solid rate-based numbers for a Pats team that’s very much alive entering the second half of the season.

9. 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.

8. 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.

7. New York Giants edge Azeez Ojulari: The second-rounder out of Georgia leads all rooks with 5.5 sacks.

6. Kansas City Chiefs G Trey Smith: The sixth-round revelation is getting better and better each week. He has the second-best run-blocking grade among qualified first-year offensive linemen at Pro Football Focus.

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

4. Dallas Cowboys LB Micah Parsons: The versatile first-rounder has shined with 2.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hits, and 42 tackles. He’s a big reason the Cowboys defense has exceeded expectations this year, and a huge reason they upset the Minnesota Vikings without Dak Prescott on Sunday night.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers RB Najee Harris: Only two running backs have more yards from scrimmage than the first-round Alabama product. He’s also scored four touchdowns in his last four outings.

2. Kansas City Chiefs C Creed Humphrey: The second-rounder leads all qualified NFL centers with a PFF grade of 90.7. 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 caught just three passes in a tough Week 8 showing, but he still ranks in the top-four in the league in receiving yardage and touchdowns.

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.