NFL Rookie Of The Year Race After Week 11

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Through the first 11 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 11.

Offensive Rookie of the Year Race

1 – Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

Josh Jacobs is the engine of this Oakland Raiders offense, already establishing himself as one of the AFC's top running backs. His 112-yard performance on the ground Sunday puts his rushing total at 923 yards, which is currently fourth in the entire NFL. With how well the Raiders are playing right now and defying all preseason expectations, I think Jacobs pretty much has the 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year award wrapped up. (Last Week: 1)

2 – Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

The more snaps Kyler Murray takes, the more I believe he's going to be a special player in this league. He's starting to become more confident in his dynamic running ability, and I think he will truly become one of the hardest players to gameplan for in the coming years. He is still working through some rookie kinks as a pocket passer, but he's more than demonstrated that he has the talent and potential to be a top quarterback in the NFL. (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. Metcalf and the Seahawks were on a bye this week, but expect him to pick things back up where he left off, next Sunday against Philadelphia. (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 his 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. He faces a big test next week, however, against a tough Chicago defense. (Last Week: 4)

5 – Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins

In recent weeks, the same early-season success and numbers Terry McLaurin put up have just not been there. But that really has been out of his control, as Washington's quarterback play has been inconsistent to say the least. If you watch the film, you know McLaurin is creating separation on most of his routes -- it's just a matter of whether or not he gets the ball thrown his direction. Like I've said before, if McLaurin were playing for a team like New England or New Orleans, he'd be right up there with Josh Jacobs for the top spot. (Last Week: 5)

Defensive Rookie of the Year Race

1 – Nick Bosa, EDGE, San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa's presence off the edge continues to be a key reason why the San Francisco 49ers are currently 9-1. While his numbers in the box score have not moved much since his three-sack game against Carolina, his disruption as a pass rusher and efficiency as a run defender cannot be quantified. (Last Week: 1)

2 – Josh Allen, EDGE, Jacksonville Jaguars

If the Jacksonville Jaguars had a winning record, I think you could make the case that Josh Allen would be the frontrunner in this race. In the last few weeks, Allen has been a more consistent pass rusher than Bosa, racking up at least one sack in five of his last six games. It's a shame that this Jaguars team is struggling because it is shadowing Allen's excellent season. (Last Week: 2)

3 – Maxx Crosby, EDGE, Oakland Raiders

Welcome to the defensive rookie of the year race, Maxx Crosby! He's been steady for most of the year, but he had a breakout performance on Sunday against Cincinnati with four sacks and a forced fumble. That now puts his sack total at 6.5, which ranks third among rookies, behind Nick Bosa and Josh Allen. Crosby looks like the real deal, and there is a legit shot he reaches double-digit sacks by the end of the year. (Last Week: N/A)

4 – Devin White, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Devin White has really started to come alive in recent weeks, and after racking up a career-high 13 tackles against New Orleans on Sunday, he is showing exactly why this Tampa Bay team took him in the top five of the 2019 NFL Draft. He's going to be face and leader of this defense for the next decade -- book it. (Last Week: 4)

5 – Devin Bush, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

It's been a quiet couple of weeks for Steelers' linebacker Devin Bush, who really hasn't stood out since the Sunday Night Football game against the Chargers. That's not to say he's played poorly, but it's more about other players standing out more, like Devin White and Maxx Crosby. With that being said, Bush has the body of work this season to make a climb right back up the leaderboards of this race. (Last Week: 3)

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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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