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NFL Week 13 Rookie Grades & Snaps Report for every team

Paradise, Nevada, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is tackled by Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs (39) at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It’s about time we show love to the NFL rookies who weren’t supposed to be playing this well. So, we’ll focus on Day 3 players who were picked over again and again in the 2021 NFL Draft yet look like they belong already. Here are the highest-graded players from the fourth round or later so far this season, in addition to the usual snaps and grades reports for every team from Week 13.

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Highest-Graded Day 3 Players
  1. HB Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears | 82.1
  2. CB Nate Hobbs, Las Vegas Raiders | 78.1
  3. RG Trey Smith, Kansas City Chiefs | 76.5
  4. HB Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers | 73.6
  5. HB Michael Carter, New York Jets | 73.3
  6. TE John Bates, Washington Football Team | 72.3
  7. ED Jonathon Cooper, Denver Broncos | 70.9
  8. HB Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles | 69.8
  9. S Talanoa Hufanga, San Francisco 49ers | 67.3
  10. WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions | 67.3

The first and most obvious takeaway is pretty much confirming what we’ve said for a while at PFF: Teams can find productive running backs on Day 3. Four of the 10 spots and three of the top five players here are running backs.

You’ve more than likely heard about Chiefs standout Trey Smith, and his inclusion here deserves an explanation. He slotted in at 85th on the PFF draft board, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a single public-facing board that had him all the way down at 226th — where he went to Kansas City. Smith’s recurring issues with blood clots at Tennessee, however, almost certainly removed him from a lot of draft boards. That’s a decision many are probably regretting at this point.

The most impressive of all Day 3 players, in my opinion, has been Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs. That’s because he fell to Pick No. 168 for no particular reason other than evaluation. It’s an evaluation he’s proven incorrect since Day 1. He’s been one of the NFL’s best slot corners this season, and an all-around one at that. He’s earned an 80.9 run-defense grade to go along with a 75.1 mark in coverage.

Week 13 Rookie Snaps and PFF Grades

Dallas Cowboys (27) at New Orleans Saints (17)

Player Team Position Snaps Grade
Micah Parsons Cowboys LB 65 86.9
Chauncey Golston Cowboys ED 42 49.7
Osa Odighizuwa Cowboys DI 39 66.8
Quinton Bohanna Cowboys DI 15 69.3
Simi Fehoko Cowboys WR 3 60.0
Kelvin Joseph Cowboys CB 1 60.7
Player Team Position Snaps Grade
Paulson Adebo Saints CB 44 57.0
Josiah Bronson Saints DI 22 43.0
Pete Werner Saints LB 13 84.5
Adam Prentice Saints FB 7 54.1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30) at Atlanta Falcons (17)

Player Team Position Snaps Grade
Joe Tryon-Shoyinka Buccaneers ED 28 62.9
Player Team Position Snaps Grade
Jalen Mayfield Falcons G 71 61.2
Kyle Pitts Falcons TE 67 61.3
Darren Hall Falcons CB 44 60.1
Adetokunbo Ogundeji Falcons ED 27 40.0
Drew Dalman Falcons C 26 47.9
Richie Grant Falcons CB 24 46.7
Ta'Quon Graham Falcons DI 22 57.7
Avery Williams Falcons CB 5 65.9

Arizona Cardinals (33) at Chicago Bears (22)

Player Team Position Snaps Grade
Marco Wilson Cardinals CB 68 61.6
Rondale Moore Cardinals WR 23 44.0
Zaven Collins Cardinals LB 3 25.6
Victor Dimukeje Cardinals ED 1 59.7
Player Team Position Snaps Grade
Larry Borom Bears T 76 79.3
Khalil Herbert Bears HB 22 71.9
Khyiris Tonga Bears DI 18 83.3

Los Angeles Chargers (41) at Cincinnati Bengals (22)

Player Team Position Snaps Grade
Rashawn Slater Chargers T 64 74.0
Chris Rumph II Chargers ED 31 57.2
Josh Palmer Chargers WR 22 48.1
Tre' McKitty Chargers TE 16 31.2
Amen Ogbongbemiga Chargers LB 2 67
Nick Niemann Chargers LB 2 46.3
Player Team Position Snaps Grade
Trey Hill Bengals C 75 55.8
Ja'Marr Chase Bengals WR 72 63.9
Cameron Sample Bengals ED 23 72.4
Jackson Carman Bengals G 11 77.9

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