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Dane Brugler's all Rookie team

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Bolts4lyfe, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Bolts4lyfe

    Bolts4lyfe BoltTalker

    Mar 25, 2012
    QB EJ Manuel, Bills
    This basically comes down to Manuel and Geno Smith (sorry, Matt Barkley and Mike Glennon), and although he hasn't played since Week 5 because of a knee sprain, Manuel gets the nod from me. At the halfway point, Smith is on pace for 38 turnovers and Manuel's body of work has been slightly more impressive.

    Top rookie QB through four weeks: EJ Manuel, Bills

    RB Eddie Lacy, Packers
    After a slow start due to injuries, Lacy rushed for 395 yards in October after only 51 yards in September. He currently leads all rookie running backs in rushing and should be Green Bay's feature back the rest of the season if he can stay healthy.

    Top rookie RB through four weeks: Giovani Bernard, Bengals

    WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
    Hopkins wasn't the first wideout drafted, but through eight weeks, he is the only rookie pass catcher to have 40-plus catches at the halfway point. But the Chargers' Keenan Allen and Cowboys' Terrance Williams are nipping at his heels; all three are tied with seven receptions of 20-plus yards.

    Top rookie WR through four weeks: DeAndre Hopkins, Texans

    TE Jordan Reed, Redskins
    Reed has quickly emerged as one of the hottest young tight ends in the NFL (44/388/2) and one of the more reliable targets for Robert Griffin. He doesn't have much competition here at the halfway point, leading all rookie tight ends in catches, 10 more than the next rookie on the list (Tyler Eifert).

    Top rookie TE through four weeks: Tyler Eifert, Bengals

    OT DJ Fluker, Chargers
    A surprise top-12 pick last April, Fluker has proven to be a reliable blocker for the Chargers and has emerged as one of the rocks of the offense. He has looked much better at right tackle than left, but coaches have been impressed with his development since Week 1.

    Top rookie OT through four weeks: Jordan Mills, Bears

    OG Larry Warford, Lions
    Warford won the starting right guard position during training camp and has been a model of consistency for a first-year player, in both the run and pass game. A projected top-40 prospect by many, Detroit somehow stole him in Round 3. Bears right guard Kyle Long isn't far behind.

    Top rookie OG through four weeks: Larry Warford, Lions

    C Travis Frederick, Cowboys
    Frederick doesn't have much competition here, but he has settled in nicely as the Cowboys starting pivot and deserves the top spot. Dallas turned some heads when they selected a center in the first round, but Frederick has started from day one and is expected to be the long-term anchor of the line.

    Top rookie C through four weeks: Travis Frederick, Cowboys

    DE Sheldon Richardson, Jets
    Arguably the leading candidate to be the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Richardson has impressed many around the NFL with his fluid athleticism and brute strength. Although he was a defensive tackle prospect, he has been lining up mostly at end in the Jets' three man front.

    Top rookie DE through four weeks: Ezekial Ansah, Lions

    DT Star Lotulelei, Panthers
    If it weren't for Richardson, Lotulelei would be getting more attention for his performance thus far as a first-year defensive lineman. He can be a little streaky at times, but when he's firing on all cylinders, Lotulelei is a tough guy to slow down. He has been one of the top-three defensive rookies so far through eight weeks.

    Top rookie DT through four weeks: Sheldon Richardson, Jets

    OLB Barkevious Mingo, Browns
    Mingo was the first NFL rookie to record a sack in each of his first three NFL games since 2004, but has cooled off since then. Nonetheless, he still holds on as the top rookie outside linebacker halfway through the 2013 season, currently second in the league among rookies with four sacks.

    Top rookie OLB through four weeks: Barkevious Mingo, Browns

    ILB Kiko Alonso, Bills
    Alonso jumped out to a quick start to his NFL career with 32 tackles over his first four games, but he has been even more productive the last four with a combined 49 tackles, including 22 stops against Cincinnati in Week 6. Alonso is second in the NFL in tackles (81) and is tied for the league-lead in interceptions (4).

    Top rookie ILB through four weeks: Kiko Alonso, Bills

    CB Marcus Cooper, Chiefs
    The third-to-last pick of the 2013 NFL Draft (No. 252 overall), Cooper didn't make the 49ers active roster in camp, but he signed with the Chiefs, found the field and has performed well. He is the only player on this All-Rookie team who wasn't drafted in the first three rounds last April.

    Top rookie CB through four weeks: Xavier Rhodes, Vikings

    S Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals
    It's tough not to go with Eric Reid here, but the Honey Badger has been excellent through eight weeks with his versatility at safety and nickelback. Mathieu has 49 total tackles and two interceptions halfway through his rookie season and is making the Cardinals look very smart for taking a chance on him.

    Top rookies S through four weeks: Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals

    K/P Caleb Sturgis, Dolphins
    The highest drafted kicker or punter last April, Sturgis was selected in the fifth round and won the starting kicker job during the preseason. After making his first 10 field goal attempts as a professional, Sturgis has made only one of his last five field goal attempts, but is still the top rookie kicker or punter.

    Top rookie K/P through four weeks: Caleb Sturgis, Dolphins
  2. EOTL

    EOTL BoltTalker

    Jan 17, 2013
    Through 4 weeks? What about the other 4 that have passed since?
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  3. Bolts4lyfe

    Bolts4lyfe BoltTalker

    Mar 25, 2012
    I think the 4 week mark is just stating that (the said player) was the clear runner for example Larry Warford has been far and away the best rookie at that position. Where in Fluker's case, Mills was the top guy through 4 weeks, since then Fluker has surpassed him.

    Now in the WR spot I would argue that Allen or Williams deserve that spot,
    Hopkins: 28 /416 /2
    Allen: 26/403 /2
    Williams: 26/ 444 /4

    On paper Williams looks the best although I could argue that Through every game played this season Hopkins has been the most consistent. Overall I am happy to have one of the top 3 rookie wide outs (in no particular order)

    Also I am sorry and happy to admit my wrongful distaste when we drafted Fluker in the first round. He has done nothing but impressed me overall.

    Although I really wanted Warford, Alonso, and yes even Mathieu (for the right price) Man how nasty would our line be with Fluker and Warford on the right side
  4. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    PFF.com Fluker grade...

    11. D.J. Fluker, T, San Diego ChargersGrade: +3.4
    Snaps: 440
    Analysis: Grade would arguably be higher but for a stint at left tackle when the team lost linemen like it was going out of fashion. Had his pass protection exposed there, but has strangely been unable to really impose himself in the run game yet.

    BTW this is the highest grade of the first 12 picks. And one of only 4 first rounders with a + grade...Lotulelei being another.
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