Mid-Season All-Rookie Team

First-year standouts from around the league assembled to form PFF's Mid-season All-Rookie Team.

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Mid-Season All-Rookie Team

In the spirit of our Midseason All-Pro Team, it’s time to take a look at the rookies. As always, Khaled Elsayed does a great job tracking the Race for Rookie of the Year, but we’re going to dig deep to find the top rookies at each position.

It’s pretty clear that some positions are stronger than others, so there was certainly some debate as to who the top rookie was at some spots, while there were other positions where we were hard pressed to find any first-year players who were worthy of All-Rookie Team status.

As we head into the second half of the season, the dreaded ‘rookie wall’ can always become a factor, so keep an eye on which rookies are able to withstand the rigors of the NFL schedule while some of their classmates start to flame out.


Quarterback — Robert Griffin III, WSH (+23.6)

Andrew Luck is poised to make a late-season surge and Russell Wilson has exceeded expectations, but Griffin has been the best rookie quarterback to this point. His +23.6 grade ranks fifth among all quarterbacks and his 79.7% accuracy percentage is good for fourth in the league.

Honorable Mentions: Russell Wilson (SEA), Andrew Luck (IND), Ryan Tannehill (MIA)

Running Back — Doug Martin, TB (+9.3)

Things may have been different if this list was compiled a week ago, but Martin is coming off one of the best rushing performances in NFL history. He now sits atop the league with an Elusive Rating of 101.2 and his +9.3 grade ranks sixth among running backs.

Honorable Mentions: Alfred Morris (WSH), Trent Richardson (CLE)

Fullback — Will Johnson, PIT (+3.0)

There’s not a lot of competition at fullback, but Johnson has been effective both as a blocker and as a receiver on his 173 snaps this season.

Honorable Mention: Nate Eachus (KC)

Wide Receivers — Alshon Jeffery, CHI (+0.7) and Chris Givens, STL (+0.7)

It’s been a tough year for rookie wide receivers. Although Jeffery has been hurt since Week 5, he gets the nod for his 14 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Givens makes the team on the strength of his big-play ability. He’s averaged a ridiculous 25.6 yards on his 13 receptions and he has five plays of 50+ yards this season.

Honorable Mention: Josh Gordon (CLE), Rod Streater (OAK)

Tight End — Dwayne Allen, IND (+5.1)

Despite being the second tight end chosen by the Colts in the draft, Allen has been more productive than his teammate Coby Fleener. He’s our No. 11 overall tight end, catching 23 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns while supplying solid run blocking at +3.0.

Honorable Mention: Coby Fleener (IND)

Tackles — Matt Kalil, MIN (+10.3) and Cordy Glenn, BUF (+5.9)

There’s no rule against taking two left tackles on the team, right? Kalil has lived up to his Top-5 hype as he ranks fourth at the position with a Pass Blocking Efficiency (PBE) of 97.4. Glenn isn’t far behind at 95.9, though he’s missed some time due to injury. Kalil finally gave up his first sack in Week 8, while Glenn has still yet to surrender one in his young career.

Honorable Mentions: Mitchell Schwartz (CLE), Mike Adams (PIT)

Guards — Kevin Zeitler, CIN (+12.6) and Ben Jones, HOU (-4.5)

Zeitler’s worst game was back in Week 1, but he’s progressed ever since. He’s tied for sixth among guards with a PBE of 98.2 while grading at +3.0 in the running game. Jones is more of a default pick as the rest of the rookie guard crop has been just that weak. He’s shown the ability to get to the second level and make some nice blocks in the Texans’ zone blocking scheme, but a disastrous Week 5 games against the Tennessee Titans showed he still has a lot of work to do.


No rookies have seen significant time at center.


The top defensive rookies on Page 2…

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  • Bubs Solo

    Returner Marcus Thigpen 28.4 kick 14.1 punts

    • ‘Fins fan

      Thigpen was in the league last year. So not a Rookie

  • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

    Kendall Wright doesn’t get the nod for WR? How does a guy who’s leading all rookie WR’s in receptions and yards not get even an honorable mention (He may not be leading in yards, but he definitely is in receptions)

    • Football fan

      Hard to explain.

    • Steve Palazzolo

      Wright also has six drops, four penalties and a -5.2 grade for the season.

  • Kroc79

    I see Luke Kuechly can’t get any respect on here

    • http://twitter.com/PFF_Steve Steve Palazzolo

      Kuechly really hasn’t played all that well. What’s wrong with honorable mention? Wagner has clearly been the best ILB among the rookies.

  • rubbermaides

    cordy glenn played last week for the bills at houston.

  • iamthorny

    Kalil has got to looked at through the lens of his QB only throws passes behind or 5 yards past the LOS…hard to give up a sack when your QB isn’t throwing it down the field.

  • pbskids4000

    No mention of TY Hilton?

    • pbskids4000

      …as a receiver

  • John Peterson

    of all the rookie wr’s i’d say Josh Gordon has the highest ceiling but he is still very raw. what are your thoughts on his upside, future #1?

  • curiousGBfan

    what was nick perry’s and what is jerol worthy’s grade (so far) this year?

  • Dale

    Billy Wynn has been a pretty productive DT for the Browns this year. I would have thought he would get an honorable mention. Even John Hughes has played well.

  • El jefe

    Will Johnson is the best fb/tb in football today, Pittsburg Needs to give him more touches

  • George McDowell

    What about Mark Sanchez? He play’s like a rookie.

  • jarem

    How has Jarvis Jenkins graded out? Does he count as a rookie since he didnt play a single snap all of last year in the regular season