Race for Rookie of the Year, Week 10

Our leader after nine weeks had a bye this time around - so who made up some ground in the battle of first-year players?

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Race for Rookie of the Year, Week 10

ROY wk10With Sheldon Richardson on a bye could he hold onto his place?

In a word, yes. His nearest rival, Star Lotulelei didn’t impose himself on the 49ers or on the Race for Rookie of the year, but that’s not to say Richardson would have found things easy viewing. Nope, as the Class of 2013 get more experience under their belt many of them are starting to look at home in the NFL. Of course we’re getting to a stage of the year where that once infamous rookie wall is visible, so will that play a part?

For now let’s update the rankings.


1. Sheldon Richardson, DE, Jets: +14.6

Had the week off and was able to watch his nearest rival put forth his worst game since the early weeks of the season. The downside is everyone else closed the gap between themselves and our eighth-ranked 3-4 defensive end.

2. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals: +13.0

After the highs of Thursday Night Football came the relative low of a second overtime defeat on the bounce, this time to the Ravens. His 14 carries didn’t yield anywhere near the same excitement.

3. Star Lotulelei, DT, Panthers: +10.1

The 49ers ensured Lotulelei couldn’t have anywhere near the impression he would have hoped. They got bodies on him and won the one-on-one battles when required.

4. Kiko Alonso, ILB, Bills: +6.9

Only Daryl Smith has a higher coverage grade than Alonso, who continues to show the kind of top-notch instincts that separate him from most rookie linebackers.

5. Marcus Cooper, CB, Chiefs: +10.0

When the Chiefs meet the Broncos we’ll have a better idea as to whether Cooper is the real deal. He can expect to see a lot of Demaryius Thomas or Eric Decker.

6. Larry Warford, RG, Lions: +9.0

Part of the Lions successful revamp of their offensive line. Warford has adapted to the NFL with relative ease that bodes extremely well for his future.

7. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers: +9.3

Struggled to get much going with 61 of his 70 yards after contact, highlighting what kind of treatment he can expect with opposing defenses keying in on him. Still a valiant effort from a player who clearly adds a new dimension to the offense.

8. Tyrann Mathieu, DB, Cardinals: +9.1

A polarizing figure during the offseason, a productive player come kickoff. He mans the slot like a natural and has worked himself into the starting lineup at safety. The gap between him and a spot in the Top 3 is small. Very small.

9. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers: +8.6

We’ve come to expect more than the 41 yards he picked up against the Broncos. A top talent nonetheless.

10. Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins: +9.7

He’s coming on strong, especially after showing some of his blocking chops against the Vikings. A mismatch that has proven extremely able when it comes to doing damage over the middle of the field.


Dropping Out

Eric Reid, S, 49ers: Knocked out of the game versus the Panthers, he falls more through the brilliance of others.


Five to Watch

Travis Frederick, C, Cowboys: Didn’t lose face in the Cowboys defeat. But has to do more if he wants to make a move.

Zac Stacy, RB, Rams: This was his chance to jump into the race but he remains on the outside after his most plodding display to date.

Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals: Is extremely productive, but 11 carries a game makes it hard to pierce a Top 10 that is extremely competitive.

Michael Bowie, RT, Seahawks: While rookie tackles are struggling all over the league Bowie has settled in nicely. He’s not perfect but he doesn’t look out of place.

Sio Moore, LB, Raiders: Has made his share of plays even if the fans might like to see a few more tackles against the run.


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  • Ben

    I thought Waddle from Detroit would have made the ones to watch list after putting up two elite games from two attempts

    • Jeremy

      That’s what I was thinking. I thought they said he got a +4.5 last week, which should put him at least somewhere in the range, where he should at least be watched for.

      Alternatively, they figure that with Warford there, Waddle doesn’t have a shot at ROY without displacing him.

    • Matthew Malek

      I came here to comment on this too. I believe PFF has a snaps minimum. He hasn’t qualified yet. I think if he has a 3rd awesome game in a row…he could actually be in the top 5. If he has a Plus 2 game….that would give him a +10 in 3 games. We are talking about pure and utter dominance. This would basically make up for Mayhews complete inability to find any talent outside of the first round if he found a pro bowl dominant tackle outside of the draft. Add that too Fauria looking like a REd Zone threat of power at the least and he may have saved his job with me.

      • RustyHilgerReborn

        Mayhew may have blown a bunch of 2nd round picks (Titus Young, Ryan Broyles, Mikel Leshoure), but saying he can’t find talent outside of round 1 is a bit of hyperbole. Willie Young was a 6th rounder, Louis Delmas is finally healthy, and a solid starter. Larry Warford was a 3rd rounder, and Devin Taylor looks like he might be a decent find, too.

  • Matthew Malek

    I want to comment on the Detroit Lions and why they won’t do much this year even though they have a chance. I wish there were actually mini team pages here for fans to individual teams to chat. I think that would really make PFF the go to place for all smart fans of football. Anyway, to think that the Lions, who needed another outside LB, passed on Lavonte David a player known well around Michigan for shutting down Denard Robinson, for Ryan Fricking Broyles is beyond me. The Lions would have an ELITE LB core behind a strong Dline. The best pass rushing 4-3 OLB and the best Pass Defending OLB in Levy in the league. Wow what Gunther could have done with that. The weakness of the Detroit team is simple. No pass rushing lb or even a blitzing lb on the team. And we lack one more impact player in the secondary. I am talking Defense of coarse. Cause one more Wr would make stafford look even better than he does now and the offense would never take games off.

    • RustyHilgerReborn

      Of course the Broyles pick looks silly in hindsight, but the problem with your hypothetical scenario is that the Lions spend the majority of time in the nickel. Ashlee Palmer rarely sees the field. It wouldn’t have made sense to draft David unless they planned to let Levy walk (actually at the time I thought Levy was a bust, so I would have been okay with that. Luckily I was wrong about Levy).

  • taketheunder

    You’d think Kiko Alonso would be a runaway with all the impact plays