NFL Rookie Of The Year Race After Week 10

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Through the first ten weeks of the 2019 NFL season, players from last April’s draft class are starting to emerge as frontrunners for rookie of the year honors. Offensive and defensive rookie of the year races are heating up, as a result, so without further ado, here are my power rankings after the exciting action from week ten.

Offensive Rookie of the Year Race

1 – Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

It may be too early to call the offensive rookie of the year race a wrap through ten weeks of the season, but that may be the case with how well rookie running back Josh Jacobs has played for the Oakland Raiders so far. He is quite literally the engine of this offense, and he’s showing the potential to be one of the NFL’s elite at the position, sooner rather than later. With Thursday's performance against the Los Angeles Chargers, where he scored the game-winning touchdown, he is on pace for 1,422 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. (Last Week: 1)

2 – Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray has been nothing short of fantastic this season, and while he isn't getting much help from the rest of his team, it is clear that he is going to be a special player in this league. His combination of playmaking ability, inside and outside the pocket, and arm talent is what will make him so hard to gameplan against in the coming years. Based on the eye test, Murray might be the best offensive rookie I've seen this year, but his numbers just don't match what Josh Jacobs is currently putting up. (Last Week: 2)

3 – DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks

DK Metcalf is a big play waiting to happen with his combination of size, strength, and speed on the outside, but in the last six weeks, it has been his consistency that warrants this ranking. You have go all the way back to September to find a game where Metcalf didn't have a game of either 50 receiving yards or at least one receiving touchdown. (Last Week: 3)

4 - Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants

I know the Giants have only won one game with Daniel Jones as the full-time starter, but he's starting to show flashes of why he could be New York's long-term solution at quarterback, especially the last three weeks. In the last three games, against Detroit, Dallas, and the New York Jets, Jones has thrown for 840 yards, nine touchdowns and just one interception. His fumbles have become a bit of a problem this season, but if there is any consolation in these losses for Giants fans, it's that Jones looks like he could be the guy. (Last Week: N/A)

5 – Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins

Terry McLaurin was on a bye in week ten, and now with former Ohio State teammate Dwayne Haskins set to throw him the ball for the rest of the season as the Redskins' starting quarterback, I wonder if McLaurin can regain his early-season momentum. His numbers are a product of a bad offense, not on his play. He is getting open at will against man coverage, running precise and clean routes each game. If McLaurin were playing for Kansas City or Baltimore, we'd be talking about him in the same light as Josh Jacobs in this race. (Last Week: 4)

Defensive Rookie of the Year Race

1 – Nick Bosa, EDGE, San Francisco 49ers

Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks was a bit of a quiet performance for Bosa, but it still doesn’t change the fact that he’s completely taken this league by storm with his dynamic pass rush ability in the first half of the season. I think Josh Allen is quietly right on his heels with his comparable sack numbers, but let's make no mistake -- Nick Bosa has undoubtedly been the best defensive rookie in the NFL this year, and a major reason why the San Francisco 49ers are having a breakout season. (Last Week: 1)

2 – Josh Allen, EDGE, Jacksonville Jaguars

All the talk is about Nick Bosa, and rightfully so, but we need to acknowledge how good Jacksonville Jaguars' rookie EDGE Josh Allen has been over the first ten weeks of the season. The team was on a bye this weekend, but so far, Allen has just as many sacks as Bosa, with seven. The difference between the two is that the 49ers have a substantially better record than the Jaguars. If it was flipped, Allen would be the frontrunner. (Last Week: 2)

3 – Devin Bush, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Devin Bush has been phenomenal for the Pittsburgh Steelers through the first ten games of the season. The Steelers made a gamble by trading up to the 10th overall pick for Bush, but it looks like one of the best moves of the draft right now. Bush is playing at a Pro Bowl level, and he looks like the future face of the Pittsburgh defense for years to come. (Last Week: 3)

4 – Devin White, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Devin White has really started to come alive in recent weeks, especially in the game against Seattle in week nine. He finished that game with 12 tackles, a sack, and two forced fumbles. Not to mention, one of those fumbles should have been a touchdown for Tampa Bay, if the referees didn’t call the play dead. In week 10, he remained steady and consistent against the Arizona Cardinals, showing glimpses of why he’ll be a stud in this league for a long time. (Last Week: 4)

5 – Brian Burns, EDGE, Carolina Panthers

It’s been a quiet stretch of games for Brian Burns, who had the hottest start of any rookie in the 2019 class this season. Ever since he suffered his wrist injury, he just hasn’t looked the same. He hasn't recorded a sack in three weeks, but he still has the juice and volume sack potential to get things back on track for his rookie year. (Last Week: 5)

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Jonah Tuls

NFL Draft Analyst

NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. As heard on ESPN radio, Sirius XM, and the Sports Illustrated podcast. Texas Tech University journalism graduate.

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