NFL Rookie Of The Year Race After Week 12

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As the NFL season nears December, players from last year’s draft class are starting to emerge as frontrunners for Rookie of the Year honors. Both offensive and defensive ROY races are heating up as a result. So without further ado, here are my power rankings after the exciting action through Week 12.

Offensive Rookie of the Year Race

1 - Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

While the Oakland Raiders got annihilated by the New York Jets on Sunday, running back Josh Jacobs still has a stronghold on the 2019 Offensive ROY race. Jacobs remains one of the league leaders in rushing yards and is now on pace for a staggering 1,392 yards this season. I would not look much into Jacobs' 34-yard performance over the weekend, simply because the Raiders were playing from behind the entire game which significantly affected his workload. Barring an injury, Jacobs is a shoo-in to take home this award. (Last Week: 1)

2 - Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

The more snaps Kyler Murray takes, the more I believe he is going to be a special player in this league. He is starting to become more confident in his dynamic running ability and can become one of the hardest players to plan for in the coming years. Murray is still working through some rookie kinks as a pocket passer, but he has more than demonstrated he has the talent and potential to be a top quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals were on a bye this week, but Murray faces a big test against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. (Last Week: 2)

3 - Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants

I get it. The New York Giants have only won one full game with Daniel Jones as the starting QB, but I think the first-year player from Duke has proven that he is capable of becoming the long-term answer for this team. He is on pace to throw for more than 3,000 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. You add those numbers to what he has been able to provide to this offense as a runner, and I think Jones is making a strong argument to be the guy for New York. (Last Week: 4)

4 - 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. While he did not break away in Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, his presence on the field continues to draw the attention of every defensive coordinator. If he can become more consistent at the catch point for the Seattle Seahawks, I think he will have multiple Pro Bowls on his future resume. (Last Week: 3)

5 - Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins

If you watch the film, you know Terry McLaurin is creating separation on most of his routes, but it is just a matter of whether or not he gets the ball thrown his direction. Like I have said before, if McLaurin were playing for a team like the New England Patriots or the New Orleans Saints, he would be right up there with Jacobs. McLaurin was the leading receiver in the Washington Redskins win against the Detroit Lions on Sunday with five catches for 72 yards. (Last Week: 5)

Defensive Rookie of the Year Race

1 - Nick Bosa, EDGE, San Francisco 49ers

If you forgot about Nick Bosa's impact for this San Francisco 49ers defense in recent weeks, he quickly reminded people Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers with a sack and fumble recovery. But that lone stat line does not tell the complete story. His presence as a pass rusher off the edge cannot be quantified. With his play and San Francisco's collective success as a team, Bosa is a lock to be the 2019 Defensive ROY. (Last Week: 1)

2 - Josh Allen, EDGE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Josh Allen has had a phenomenal season rushing the passer for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but unfortunately, his success has been shadowed by the team's lack of progress. Regardless, with eight sacks on the year, Allen looks like he has the potential to be one of the NFL's most feared pass rushers. (Last Week: 2)

3 - Devin White, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Devin White started to come alive in recent weeks, and he continued that momentum with a monster performance against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. He finished the game with eight tackles and two sacks as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won 35-22. White got off to a slower start than the rest of the rookies on this list, but he is starting to show the potential of becoming the Buccaneers' defensive leader for the next decade. (Last Week: 4)

4 - Maxx Crosby, EDGE, Oakland Raiders

It feels weird to move Maxx Crosby down a spot in this race, especially after what he did on Sunday against the Jets. Despite the team's blowout loss, Crosby tallied two tackles for a loss as well as a sack. Like White, Crosby has become a force in recently, and the reality is that he looks like the better pass rusher than Clelin Ferrell — the player the Raiders selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2019 draft. (Last Week: 3)

5 - Devin Bush, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

It has been a quiet couple of weeks for Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush. He has not stood out since the Sunday Night Football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, but he continues to grow and mature in the middle of this defense. He showed his progress against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday as he looked more authoritative, vocal, and confident after forcing a fumble that was recovered by Minkah Fitzpatrick. Bush will be compared to White for most of his career, but we should just accept the reality that both players are going to be stars. (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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