Top 10 Rookie of the Year candidates entering Week 10

Todd Gurley jumps to No. 2 in this week's edition of Khaled Elsayed's Rookie of the Year candidates.

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Top 10 Rookie of the Year candidates entering Week 10

There’s been one man who has stood out in the PFF Race for Rookie of the Year. That player?

Ronald Darby.

The Bills’ cornerback has exhibited a level of consistency that deserves much applause. But as good as he has been, trouble may be brewing for him. You see, there’s a young running back who is starting to impose himself on the league. Could Todd Gurley supplant Darby at the top? Let’s find out.

1. Ronald Darby, CB, Bills (88.7)

Darby didn’t have his best game against the Dolphins, and that has allowed the gap between he and Gurley to shrink. The Bills’ CB still has a comfortable lead, but he’s going to be looking over his shoulder from here on out.

2. Todd Gurley, HB, Rams (83.8)

Gurley is really hitting his stride now, and while he didn’t break the 100-yard mark, he did get a lot more than his O-line were giving him in Week 9.

3. Leonard Williams, DE, Jets (83.6)

Williams is seeing less playing time now and making fewer plays when he is on the field. If he wants to maintain a place in the top three, he needs to find a way back to the form he was in for Weeks 3 to 6.

4. Damarious Randall, CB, Packers (81.0)

Another strong performance against Carolina, where he recorded his second pick of the season and seventh pass break up.

5. Adrian Amos, S, Bears (81.2)

He’s not flashy, but has been an incredibly solid performer for the Bears, showing up ready to play every week.

6. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders (78.1)

There’s a lot to like about Cooper, but two more drops this week (that’s eight on the year) held him back from climbing the list.

7. Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings (87.0)

Week 9 brought his quietest game since breaking out against the Rams. Is it a blip, or a sign of things to come?

8. Karlos Williams, RB, Bills (78.6)

Playing time is always an issue behind LeSean McCoy, but when he gets the opportunities, he’s really making them count.

9. Mitch Morse, C, Chiefs (76.9)

Morse returns to action this week, where he’ll be looking to secure his spot as the top rookie lineman.

10. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars (78.4)

Yeldon really couldn’t get much going against the Jets, with his longest gain accounting for 70 percent of his yardage and forcing just one missed tackle.


Dropping out

Henry Anderson, DE, Colts: Through no fault of his play, Anderson drops out of the race after tearing his ACL. A shame, given his excellent rookie year.


Five to watch

Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins: Not a great showing against New England, but if he can find some of his earlier season form, he has a chance at cracking the top 10.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans: Mariota looked good on his return from injury. More of the same is needed.

Vic Beasley, DE, Falcons: The pressure is developing, but he needs to get his hands on the quarterback more.

Markus Golden, OLB, Cardinals: Golden was making a name for himself before the bye week. Can he keep it up when he returns?

Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers: After he looked to turn a corner, the Buccaneer has had some struggles in the past couple of weeks.

  • The RZA the GZA

    No Byron Jones? He’s shut down every tight end he’s faced this year

    • David Stinnett

      It goes to 10, somebody gonna be missing

    • Dr__P

      We can’t see the underlying premium stats anymore, but he has two games at CB. Thus he has two fewer games at safety and thus his ranking is decreased.

  • crosseyedlemon

    Typically defensive backs get overlooked for the ROTY honor (Charles Woodsen in 98 was the most recent) so unless the Bills reach the playoffs Gurley would look to have the advantage at this point.

    • Bob Morris

      Gurley is certainly getting the Pepsi Rookie of the Year (which fans vote on) but AP hands out a Defensive Rookie of the Year and Darby should be a favorite for that. With that said, some might be paying more attention to Marcus Peters because he’s made more highlights than Darby has.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Public perception certainly is a factor and usually helps the players in the large market areas like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles more than players in the smaller market areas like Buffalo.

  • yo momma boyfriend

    Lmao at MM not being on the list

  • Cant FixStupid

    Cool seeing Damarious Randall on the list. For a guy 90% of Packers fans were saying was a horrible pick, he sure is proving them wrong. And to think, this is his 1st year playing CB in a couple years since Junior College. He definitely looks like he’s gonna be a good one in Green Bay for a quite a while.

  • Trevor Clay

    Where is Marcus Peters? Week in and week out going up against the oppositions best WR. He’s physical, fast, good tackler, and has knack for getting his hands on the ball! He’s got 4 picks, and took one to the house! This guy is in everybody’s Top 3, and #1 defensive ROY.

    • Malachi

      he’s given up 7 TDs and the 2nd most yards allowed for a CB also

      • Trevor Clay

        I believe 2 or 3 were in one game, and guess what…he’s guarding the best WR. Go to any other credited sitell online and he’s top 3.