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Grading all Day 2 rookies in the NFL after Week 9

By PFF Analysis Team
Nov 9, 2018

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Nov 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (33) carries the ball during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Here is how each of the rookies taken in the second and third round of the 2018 NFL Draft has graded in their first nine weeks:

Round 2: 

Pick 1, 33 overall – Cleveland Browns: Austin Corbett, G

Overall grade: 54.1                              Overall rank: N/A

Snaps played: 11

Corbett has played just 11 snaps for this Browns this year, 10 of which came as a run-blocker, where he earned a run-blocking grade of 55.2.

Pick 2, 34 overall – New York Giants: Will Hernandez, G

Overall grade: 72.9                              Overall rank: 10/75

Snaps played: 518

Hernandez has been one of the few bright spots on a floundering Giants team, and he has been productive as both a pass-blocker and as a run-blocker. He is one of only nine guards with a pass-blocking and run-blocking grade above 67.0.

Pick 3, 35 overall – Cleveland Browns: Nick Chubb, RB

Overall grade: 88.8                              Overall rank: 1/60

Snaps played: 146

Chubb showed enough to the Browns that they traded Hyde to get him more playing time – and rightfully so. Chubb is the owner of the highest elusive rating among running backs, he has averaged a league-high 4.61 rushing yards after contact per attempt, and he has 18 avoided tackles on 74 rushing attempts.

Pick 4, 36 overall –  Indianapolis ColtsDarius Leonard, LB

Overall grade: 82.3                              Overall rank: T-3/80

Snaps played: 470

As a rookie, Leonard has already jumped into the upper tier of NFL linebackers this season with his play. He has been a strong tackler, only missing three tackles this season on 87 tackling attempts, for a tackling efficiency of 29.0 that ranks fifth among linebackers with at least 300 defensive snaps.

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