NFL rookie rankings: Why the Joe Burrow-Tee Higgins connection is off to a hot start

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As the NFL rolls into Week 11 of the COVID-impacted 2020 season, it is the two first-year players who were tossed into the deepest end of the football pool who now lead the way in our second round of rookie rankings.

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 six 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.

Tampa Bay, Cincinnati and Washington each have two players in the top 10 this time around, while one undrafted rookie has pounded his way on to the list. Let’s take a look at the 10 best first-years to this point.

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Top 10 | Stock watch
Other notes | Under the radar

Stats: 2,333 yards, 66.8% completion rate, 19

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