NFL rookie rankings: Joe Burrow, Justin Jefferson and lots of first-round offense

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Four weeks into the 2020 NFL season and a scoring splurge can certainly be seen among the league’s best rookies. In our first rookie rankings of the season, nine of the top 10 play on the offensive side of the ball — and the top of April’s first-round draft board is heartily represented as well.

Six ESPN writers and analysts — Matt Bowen, Mike Clay, Mina Kimes, Kevin Seifert, Field Yates and myself — ranked our top 10 rookies to this point in the season. We tabulated the results, using Heisman-type scaling for each ranking, which gave us an overall list. Then, I looked at two first-years who have seen their stock rise over the past four weeks, and two more whose stock has declined. I also provided a few additional notes on the class. Finally, ESPN Stats & Information’s Seth Walder named an under-the-radar rookie to keep an eye on.

Eight first-round picks from this past April made the cut, including three of the draft’s top six picks. Let’s take the plunge into the first edition of the 2020 rookie rankings, starting with the guy who was the No. 1 pick six months ago.


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