The 2024 season is upon us! Time for us to review those rookie of the year candidates! Itís still too early to tell who will be the future Rookie of the Year, but not too early to start speculating. Everyone has their shiny new rookies that they are so proud of Ė letís see who is living up to expectations.
The first overall pick, QB Aundre Brooks, so far has lived up to his billing. Brooks has a 110.3 Passer Rating and looks like the real deal, throwing 4 TDs and only 1 pick. No sign (yet) of second overall pick Jadeveon Clowney who has registered 2 tackles and a deflection so far. Third overall pick Sammy Watkins has 2 catches and 3 drops, but my guess we wonít count him out for long. Top 5 pick Justin Gilbert did manage 2 deflections and has yet to give up a catch, but thatís not enough to make this list. The only real competition for Brooks comes from Detroit WR Jevan Shepard, who had a monster game in week 2, catching 4 passes for 203 yards and 3 TDs. The lowest draft pick to make this list is OLB William McFarland. McFarland has made an all-around impact for the Bengals recording 11 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and 2 deflections. Still, the season has a long way to go, and things always shake out in interesting ways.
Please note that even if a team loses, I don't hold that against a player who has made exceptional efforts on the field. Lastly, this is meant for entertainment purposes only, so let's keep it civil, and if you don't like it, you are always welcome to make your own list.
1. QB Aundre Brooks, HOU (59.3%, 613 yds, 4 TD I Int, 110.3 Rating). Previous Rank: Drafted 1.1
2. WR Jevan Shepard, DET (10 rec, 269 yds, 26.9 ypc, 3 TD). Previous Rank: Drafted 1.17
3. WR Mike Evans, DEN (11 rec, 216 yds, 19.6 ypc, 3 TD). Previous Rank: Drafted 1.4
4. HB Wayne Buchanan, PHI (176 yds, 5.9 ypc, 1 TD). Previous Rank: Drafted 2.25
5. OT Taylor Lewis, DET (14 pancakes, 0 sacks). Previous Rank: Drafted 1.7
6. HB Bishop Sankey, HOU (174 yds, 4.4 ypc, 1 TD). Previous Rank: Drafted 3.11
7. WR Roger Mason, CAR (8 rec, 171 yds, 21.4 ypc, 1 TD). Previous Rank: Drafted 1.20
8. DE Lester Hamilton, STL (6 tkl, 2 tfl, 2 sacks). Previous Rank: Drafted 2.3
9. OLB William McFarland, CIN (11 tak, 1 sack, 1 FF, 2 Dfl). Previous Rank: Drafted 4.1
10. OT Zack Martin, CHI (12 pancakes, 0 sacks). Previous Rank: Drafted 1.9
Others Receiving Consideration:
QB Johnny Manziel, PIT, OG Russell Simms, ARI, OLB Ryan Shazier, SEA, HaSean Clinton-Dix, DET, OLB Steven Reed, NYG, SS Deone Bucannon, TEN, DE Willie Hilliard, DAL, CB Brent Zimmerman, NYG