There’s a new top dog in PFF’s rookie rankings, and we have a top pick from last year’s draft crack the list for the first time. Using PFF’s unique grades and advanced database, we give you the NFL’s 10 highest-graded rookies through Week 6, in descending order.
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10. WR D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks – 68.6
MVP candidate Russell Wilson has himself one of the league’s best, young deep receiving threats in rookie D.K. Metcalf. On targets of 20-plus yards, Metcalf has the ninth-most receiving yards with 189 and the eighth-best receiving grade so far this season. In addition, the 6-foot-3 Metcalf has unsurprisingly been great in contested-catch situations, catching five of his nine contested targets and ranking fourth in PFF receiving grade on said targets.
9. C Erik McCoy, New Orleans Saints – 70.3
As currently the only center to rank in the top-five in both PFF pass-blocking and run-blocking grade, Erik McCoy has been getting the job done in the Bayou. Whether it’s been Drew Brees or Teddy Bridgewater dropping back to pass, McCoy has not allowed a single sack or quarterback hit. McCoy has certainly been tested in his first six weeks, but he will go up against perhaps his toughest matchup in the year against the Chicago Bears in Week 7, who currently have the second-best pass-rush in PFF grade.
8. WR Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens – 70.4
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown sat out in Week 6 due to injury, but he still holds his spot in PFF’s top rookies list. His production has exceeded expectations in the game’s he has played in with six broken tackles, 119.5 passer rating when targeted and 2.23 yards per route run. We haven’t seen Brown top his Week 1 debut that resulted in a 93.1 overall grade, but his usage and health may be preventing that. In Weeks 1-3, Brown had an average depth of target of 17.9 yards downfield (fourth-highest), but in Weeks 4-5 that dropped down to 7.5 (among 10 lowest).