As we enter the final month of the 2017 NFL regular season, here’s a fresh look at the league’s top 10 rookies.
1. New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara: The third-round pick out of Tennessee leapfrogs his injured teammate thanks to a 188-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Rams.
2. Saints CB Marshon Lattimore: The first-round pick out of Ohio State was putting up complete shutdown numbers in coverage before missing Week 12 due to a left ankle injury.
3. Saints OT Ryan Ramczyk: The first-rounder out of Wisconsin might make the Pro Bowl for the work he’s done on the right side as an every-week starter. In Week 12, he was the highest-graded offensive tackle in the league at Pro Football Focus.
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— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) November 29, 2017
4. Buffalo Bills CB Tre’Davious White: The first-round pick out of LSU continues to be stellar in coverage, and he had a game-sealing interception Sunday against the Chiefs.
5. Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp: It’s been an up-and-down season for the third-round Eastern Washington product, but he’s really stepped up of late and now leads all rookies with 597 receiving yards.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster: A hamstring injury forced the second-round pick out of USC to sit during Week 12, but he still leads all rookie wide receivers with five touchdown grabs.
7. Los Angeles Chargers CB Desmond King: A pick-six on Thanksgiving and more superb coverage has King’s stock skyrocketing. The fifth-round pick out of Iowa is joining the defensive rookie of the year conversation.
8. Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt: After going over 100 yards rushing in four of his first five NFL games, the third-round pick out of Toledo has failed to hit the 90 mark in each of his last six. But he still leads the AFC in scrimmage yards.
9. Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett: Five sacks in just six games for the No. 1 overall pick, and his marks at PFF are through the roof.
10. San Francisco 49ers LB Reuben Foster: The sample is small, but when Foster’s been out there he’s looked like a Pro Bowl-caliber linebacker, and he has the tackle numbers to show for it.
Honorable mentions: Rams S John Johnson III, Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey, Steelers OLB T.J. Watt, New York Jets S Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, Cincinnati Bengals DE Carl Lawson, Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette, Detroit Lions LB Jarrad Davis, Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, New York Giants DT Dalvin Tomlinson and WR Evan Engram, Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen, QB Mitchell Trubisky and S Eddie Jackson