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PFF Rankings: Highest-graded rookies through Week 7

We have some movement in PFF’s top-10 rookie rankings once again, as we have a new top dog with an elite PFF grade through seven weeks of play. Using PFF’s unique grades and advanced database, we give you the NFL’s 10 highest-graded rookies through Week 7 in descending order.

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10. S Khari Willis, Indianapolis Colts – 69.6

Colts fourth-round pick Khari Willis may not have had the best game against the Texans, but he still remains a top-10 rookie in PFF’s eyes. Willis has shown great athleticism and speed in his time in Indy, as he has recorded a tackle on 10.1% of his snaps (fifth-best among safeties) and was the first defender to contact on 8.5% of his snaps (15th). If he can clean up on his missed tackles just a smidge, Willis can continue to rise in the rookie ranks.

9. QB Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals – 69.8

In Weeks 5 and 6,  Kyler Murray shined with a combined PFF grade of 87.6 while recording six big-time throws and zero turnover-worthy plays. However, against the Giants in Week 7, Murray had his worst game of the season with a 49.6 PFF grade and zero big-time throws and one turnover-worthy play. In this game, Murray averaged just 5.6 air yards per target and threw only four passes of 10-plus yards.

8. WR Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens – 70.4

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown sat out in Weeks 6 and 7 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 average. 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 that dropped down to 7.5 (among 10 lowest) in Weeks 4-5.

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