Updated NFL rookie rankings
It's still a battle in the AFC East at the top, but 50 rookies get a mention
But now with the equivalent of another full college football season under his belt, he's showing more and more. Over the past two weeks, he has four sacks and is showing more refinement to go with the special athleticism and power. He's moving up these ranks, as well.
Again, the usual parameters:
• The rankings reflect play over the whole season, not just the previous Sunday.
• Positional value matters, but overall performance and impact on the team matter more.
• I do ask: Would this player be a starter on most teams? (I think that hurts QBs a bit.)
• Total snap count matters. Staying on the field is important because you get taken off to conceal weaknesses.
With the rules in place, here we go. This week, I've ranked a total of 30 and included a number of others I've noticed.
1. Kiko Alonso, ILB, Buffalo
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