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RZL Rookie of the Year Tracker (Week 7)
By Keith Van Wagner
Special to rzl-football.com

We are more than a quarter through the 2024 season and the rookie class is really beginning to take shape. Below are the Top 10 in the race for the Rookie of the Year. There has been a lot of movement in the rankings since we last checked in after Week 2. One thing is clear to this point in the season WR Jevan Shephard is the real deal. Averaging 20 yards per catch, Shepard has been a beast so far. Shephard is on pace for 16 TDs, though time will tell if that lasts. Similarly, OT Taylor Lewan, also from Detroit, looks like he has what it takes to dominate on the line. Lewan has yet to give up a sack and has been excellent at protecting the QB. Detroit only had 4 picks in the draft and is making the most of them with 3 players in the Top 10.

Only one of the Top 5 picks in the draft cracks the Top 10 here Aundre Brooks, who has been fairly efficient at the helm of the Texans. One player that was expected to make more of an impact was Jet DE Jadeveon Clowney. With 7 tackles and only 1 sack on the season, Clowney has been relatively invisible.

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.

Rookie of the Year Tracker

1. WR Jevan Shephard, DET (498 yds, 20.0 ypc, 6 TDs). Previous Rank: 1st

2. OT Taylor Lewan, DET (39 pancakes, 0 sacks). Previous Rank: 5th

3. QB Johnny Manziel, PIT (56.6%, 1337 yds, 6 TDs, 6 Ints, 81.1 Rating). Previous Rank: NR

4. QB Aundre Brooks, HOU (52.7%, 1484 yds, 7 TDs, 6 Int 78.0 Rating). Previous Rank: 1st

5. DE Lester Hamilton, STL (15 tak, 3 tfl, 5 sacks, 1 FF). Previous Rank: NR

6. FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, DET (28 tak, 1 tfl, 1 sack, 3 int). Previous Rank: NR

7. OT Zack Martin, CHI (37 pancakes, 1 sack). Previous Rank: 10th

8. HB Patrick Fletcher, WAS (557 yds, 4.8 ypc, 3 TDs). Previous Rank: NR

9. HB Wayne Buchanan, PHI (570 yds, 4.5 ypc, 4 TDs). Previous Rank: 4th

10. DT Warren Moore, ARI (17 tak, 5 sacks). Previous Rank: NR

Dropping out of the Top 10: WR Mike Evans, HB Bishop Sankey, WR Roger Mason, OLB William McFarland

Also receiving consideration:HB Bishop Sankey, WR Sammy Watkins, MLB CJ Mosely, SS Deone Bucannon, DE Kony Ealy, WR Darnay Johnson
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