Race for Rookie of the Year, Week 12

Has the race shifted in the past two weeks? Khaled Elsayed updates the leaderboard as we enter the season's final quarter.

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Race for Rookie of the Year, Week 12

2014-RROY-WK12Last time out it was Aaron Donald who was the pacesetter in our Race for Rookie of the Year. But two weeks is an awful long time in the NFL, where reputations can be made and broken. In that period we’ve seen one contender pick up his first sack, others make touchdown saving tackles and one make a catch so breathtaking the entire world had to sit up and take notice.

But were those efforts enough to derail the Donald Juggernaut? Let’s find out.

1. Khalil Mack, OLB, OAK: +30.8

The Mack is Back. On top at least. Two big performances the past two weeks edged him in front of Donald, with the Raider registering his first sack, delivering plenty of pressure and continuing his stellar work against the run.

2. Aaron Donald, DT, SL: +25.7

Didn’t make much of an impression against Denver and that cost him his top spot. It’s close, though, and if he keeps playing like he did against San Diego (and as he has most of the season) it’s going to be a tough race to call.

3. Joel Bitonio, LG, CLE: +20.3

A tremendous first season keeps getting better and better. Bitonio saw his performance drop off a little when Alex Mack went down but he’s adjusted and is really starring now. Forms one half of the most formidable left side of an offensive line in 2014.

4. Zack Martin, RG, DAL: +18.0

Drops behind Bitonio but through no fault of his own. Has been everything advertised and a little bit more since a slow start to the year. Eight games in the green consecutively.

5. Mike Evans, WR, TB: +9.8

If he didn’t play in Tampa Bay he’d be getting a lot more attention than he is. Really hit his stride, proving something of a touchdown machine and a ray of light in a dark season for the Bucs.

6. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, NYG: +10.0

Let’s be honest, if he hadn’t missed so much time he’d be higher. That catch was special but his ability goes beyond that, with his impact felt instantly by the Giants.

7. C.J. Mosley, LB, BAL: +10.8

Has been exposed in coverage at times, but that doesn’t diminish in his impact all over the field. Has made plays and been a big part of an impressive Ravens defense.

8. Corey Linsley, C, GB: +10.0

Impressive stuff for a rookie to be our third-ranked center overall. Clearly the Packers have hit on something with their fifth-round pick.

9. Brandon Linder, RG, JAX: +11.0

The Jags remain a team in transition, so finding building blocks is about a big a goal as they should have right now. Linder has proven to be one with an excellent start to life in the NFL.

10. Anthony Barr, LB, MIN: +8.7

Found it tough going against the Packers (again) and drops down the rankings as a result. A good year but needs to work on the tackling which has seen him miss eight the past two weeks.

Dropping Out

Taylor Lewan, LT, TEN: Someone has to make room for Odell Beckham Jr. and Lewan is the guy. His injured reserve status sees his race run.

Five To Watch

Jarvis Landry, WR, MIA: Really added something to the Miami offense and continues to become a bigger part.

Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN: Doesn’t always take what his line gives him but has the kind of style that ensures he’s still picking up the yards.

Preston Brown, LB, BUF: Well worth an every-down role, he’s not getting the publicity of those ahead of him, but the third-rounder is looking like a find.

Aaron Lynch, OLB, SF: His fate seems tied towards that of Ahmad Brooks, with playing time his biggest enemy right now.

Chris Borland, LB, SF: If he keeps playing like he is then in two weeks time he cracks the Top 10. Only his snap count keeps him off.


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  • Brian

    Yup, that game made ODB prime time news, but he’s been good, and improving, ever since his first game…deep threat and great hands, but does all the little things too…seems to be a great route runner. So glad we took him. Shame he won’t have a full season, otherwise I think he’d be offensive ROY without doubt.

    • RevJ

      His double move on Richard Sherman was a thing of beauty.

  • Danny

    Hows Justin Britt doing?

  • Chanimal

    I don’t get it. Why are players with lower grades above players with higher grades?

    • Pygskyn

      Because grades are not normalized across different positions, and if somebody has relatively average grades for most games but just lit it up big a couple of times probably doesn’t get quite as much juice as somebody that has been consistently performing very well.

    • [email protected]

      Because even PFF knows their grades are garbage.

      • NAJ

        Why are you on here then?

        • [email protected]

          Theyre fun to make fun of. A bunch of guys who live in england and believe in statistics and think they know something about football.

          • NAJ

            Woah don’t knock England, native here. You got way too much spare time if you’re here to do that

          • [email protected]

            Uh huh. What would you be saying if an American made a website that claimed to be experts at analysing soccer?

          • NAJ

            If they are paid to do the job and have been doing it for years analysing every play, I believe they have enough basis to judge more than you or I

          • Jonny

            Actually it’s a bunch of guys from various places – not just England – who are creating a product that is used and respected around the league, including nearly half of the league paying for their services.

  • Houston Minshew

    Surprised Jordan Matthews isn’t on the list

  • Anon

    Absurd that Teddy Bridgewater isn’t on the list.

    • Jason Williams

      yeah smh, i notied that.

  • Fun time frankie

    Has to be beckham now ?

  • rml

    How is Derek Carr not on the list?