Race For Rookie of the Year, Week 13

The continued excellence of RG3 means this is now more a race for runner-up. Khaled Elsayed takes a look at how the best of the rest shaped up this week.

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Race For Rookie of the Year, Week 13

I know there’s a great debate going on. Three rookie quarterbacks putting their team on track to make the playoffs.

But really when you watch the tape, and you watch all 60 minutes of a game, it isn’t close. That’s not to discredit the achievements of two men, but rather to put into perspective how outstanding one man has been (and how his coaches have played to his strengths).

It’s why this Race for a Rookie of the Year is near enough done. I’m calling it now as a Race for the Runner-Up spot. Let’s see who the challengers are.

1. Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS (+28.3)

He’s already pretty special right? That wasn’t his finest performance as a Redskin, but he got the job done once again. Continues to amaze in what will surely go down as one of the greatest rookie years of all time.

2. Russell Wilson, QB, SEA (+23.1)

Lost in all the debate about RG3 and Luck is just how well Wilson has been playing. His late-game heroics against Chicago should change that. He’s currently our seventh ranked quarterback on the year.

3. Andrew Luck, QB, IND (+4.8)

I’m a little bored of all the talk of his winning record as the complete measure of a quarterback. It’s too simplistic a view to break down individual performance. You can spin it however you want, but Luck was terrible for most of the game against Detroit. Against better teams that won’t do.

4. Matt Kalil, LT, MIN (+15.2)

After a tough outing against Chicago Kalil rebounded with a dominant display in Green Bay. He didn’t give up a single hurry and moved to eighth in our left tackle rankings.

5. Casey Hayward, CB, GB (+20.1)

The Packers got him on the field against Minnesota after he managed just 22 snaps versus the Giants. He responded as he often does, with a pass defense on the only ball into his coverage.

6. Kevin Zeitler, RG, CIN (+15.1)

He had some bad moments against San Diego, especially early on, but came back strong to continue his solid season. A real keeper.

7. Doug Martin, RB, TB (+10.0)

The Buccaneers offensive line struggles have made life a lot harder for Martin, but he’s still making things happen when he gets the ball in his hands.

8. Alfred Morris, RB, WAS (+7.5)

And there’s your 1,000 yard season, and on a day when he picked up 124 yards as well. Only issue is the fumble which is now three for the year. Got to be careful with that.

9. Chandler Jones, DE, NE (+11.0)

Another week out injured, it seems a long time ago when Jones was standing out from the crowd.

10. Mitchell Schwartz, RT, CLV (+7.8)

His quietly excellent year keeps on going, as Schwartz is already proving himself worth the second-round pick invested in him. Has graded positively in eight of his last nine contests.

Dropping Out

Bobby Wagner, MLB, SEA: Had his worst game of the year against Chicago.

Five To Watch

Lavonte David, LB, TB: Has impressed with his knack for finding the ball carrier and finds himself agonizingly close to cracking the Top 10.

Cordy Glenn, LT, BUF: It’s only the time that he’s missed that has kept him off this list. Adapted real well to life in the NFL.

Dwayne Allen, TE, IND: They don’t make tight ends like Allen all that much. Looks like he has it in him to be a complete every-down player for years to come.

Trent Richardson, RB, CLV: Looked to find some form against Oakland. A real shame injuries have slowed him down this year.

Akiem Hicks, DT, NO: The Saints are getting some instant production in the run game out of their raw rookie. That bodes well.


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  • Daniel

    I’m a little unclear in the post who you think the the Rookie of the Year is where it’s “not even close”? I would assume you’re talking about RGIII because he’s ranked number one but you have a picture of Russell Wilson to headline and, frankly, I don’t see it as clear cut as you do. Andrew Luck, RGIII and Russell Wilson are all three putting their teams on their back and willing them to the playoffs.

    • Truth

      “I’m a little bored of all the talk of his winning record as the complete measure of a quarterback. It’s too simplistic a view to break down individual performance.” Can’t you read? If not, go back to school. “A brain is a terrible thing to waste.”

  • Kevin

    I wish PFF’s weekly articles would have Links through the players name to their premium summary’s(IDK why I struggled so much to word that). I understand a lot of people reading this don’t have memberships but for those of us that do it would make life(On PFF) a lot easier.

  • Dwayne

    PFF obviously doesn’t watch film. Bobby Wagner did not have his worst game of the year in Chicago. 9 Tackles, 1 sack and the tape shows a guy who was disciplined, shedding and flying to the football.

  • Cris

    Profootballfocus has everyplay rated from -2 to +2. even if a player made a lot of great plays throughout the game the overall rating can be like +1.5. which may not be accurate of his overall impact in the game or his talent, only his overall game play

  • Fish

    Seriously? Lavonte David has one of his best games and he gets booted?

    You guys break this stuff down very well but, objectively, David is playing better than Doug Martin (without all of the hype, of course). BIG miss, fellas.

  • Matt

    Although not ‘Rookies of the Year’ Dontari Poe, Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson have played really well the last few weeks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.phillips.7 Matthew James Phillips

    Dontari Poe is already in his rookie year destryoing the Center, Guards having to come and help, even at times needing a triple team to stonewall him. He has single handedly improved the play of Jackson and made life easier for Hali and Houston. As a NT he has made huge strides and not usually expect that from a rookie at that position until maybe yr 2 or 3.