Ranking the rookies: Who's in the top 10 after Week 3?
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Life comes at you fast. Especially for NFL rookies. Look no further than New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, who went from a season-opening victory in Week 1 to four interceptions in the past two games combined.
On the other end is Atlanta Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley, who went without a reception in Week 1 (despite being on the field for 45 plays in the Falcons’ offense) to Sunday’s three-touchdown bonanza. Or Baker Mayfield, who went from the bench to folk hero as he helped orchestrate the Cleveland Browns‘ first win since Week 16 of the 2016 season.
From game analysis and discussions with personnel evaluators, here’s the updated look at the top 10 rookies, with total stats from Weeks 1-3:
Top 10 Linebacker Darius Leonard (53), a second-round pick out of South Carolina State, has been an ironman for the Colts so far. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Stats: 30 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR, 2 PDs
Previous ranking: 10
Sure, the Colts are 1-2, but Leonard, a second-round pick, has done plenty of heavy lifting, having played every snap on defense so far this season — 211 snaps and counting.
Stats: 33 tackles, 2