As the season progresses it starts to become more and more evident that this was a pretty poor 1st round draft class overall. There is some talent but way too much inconsistent play. The top performer this week was a nice surprise in Bengals' tight end Tyler Eifert, who helped his team upset the Patriots with a nice game. Shelden Richardson has taken a monstrous lead in the overall standings and will be tough to catch unless something crazy happens. Below are the updated standings after week 5:
1. Sheldon Richardson, DE/DT for the Jets, originally drafted 13th: Another very solid week from Richardson who is establishing himself by far and away as the gem of this 1st round draft class. 5 more tackles this week, two for a loss, a sack and a tipped ball. He is just all over the place and a menace for offensive lines.
2. Ziggy Ansah, DE/LB of Lions, originally drafted 5th: He holds at 2 despite what I would characterize as just an "ok" week. He did have a sack, but was otherwise quiet.
3. Eric Reid, S of 49ers, originally drafted 18th: Up three spots from #6, Reid is quickly developing into a star in this league. Losing Dashon Goldson is turning out to be a non event thanks to this draft pick. He had 8 tackles this week and a pass breakup. Solid performance and some huge hits.
4.Star Lotulelei, DT of Panthers, originally drafted 14th: He drops a week after a horrific Panther performance all around by the entire team. He had just two tackles and was quiet.
5. Alec Ogletree, LB of Rams, originally drafted 30th: He drops a spot after struggling a bit this week. He was good statistically with 5 tackles and one for a loss. He did have issues in this game and wasn't as dominant as he's been in some weeks.
6. DeAndre Hopkins, WR of Texans, originally drafted 27th: He also drops a spot after one of his worst performances in weeks. He had just 2 catches for 23 yards as Matt Schaub sinks further into the abyss.
7. Desmond Trufant, CB of Falcons, originally drafted 22nd: He stays at 7 after another solid week. The Jets did take the Falcons out, but it wasn't Trufant's fault who was respectable in coverage. He had 3 tackles and a defended pass.
8. Tyler Eifert, TE of Bengals, originally drafted 21st: He's up two spots after being the highest graded 1st round pick by me this week. He's starting to make a major difference in the Bengals' passing game. He had 5 catches for 53 yards, a major contribution moving the chains.
9. Kenny Vaccaro, S of Saints, originally drafted 15th: He drops a spot but stays firmly entrenched in the top 10 with another good showing. He had an impact blitzing, with a sack, he had 6 tackles but was up and down in coverage and got victimized deep late in the game.
10. Travis Frederick, C of Cowboys, originally drafted 31st: He remains in the top 10 after playing pretty well again this week against the Broncos.
11. Kyle Long, G of Bears, originally drafted 20th: He's up a spot and his performances are starting to stabilize after being up and down quite a bit earlier in the season. He's knocking on the top 10 door. As bad as the Bears' offensive line has been the last few years this was a critical addition.
12. Barkevious Mingo, LB of Browns, originally drafted 6th: He is just extremely tough to block due to his freak speed. He continues to skyrocket up the rankings, up for the fourth straight time, four spots to #12 this week. He should be in the top 10 by next week at this rate. He had 4 tackles and hit the quarterback 4 times.
13. Jarvis Jones, LB of the Steelers, originally drafted 17th: Dropped two spots for being on a bye this week. Brutal, but other guys ahead of him are playing well.
14. Xavier Rhodes, CB of the Vikings, originally drafted 25th: Also on a bye this week, he dropped 1 spot.
15. Tavon Austin, WR of Rams, originally drafted 8th: He's not catching much luck as he had another big return called back due to a penalty. He's had a few of those now. He did have 3 catches for 32 yards, so more than 10 yards per catch for the first time this season. There's that.
16. D. J. Fluker, T of Chargers, originally drafted 11th: Bad loss to the Raiders but don't blame Fluker. He had one of his best games and played extremely well this week. He moves up 3 spots thanks to this performance.
17. Cordarelle Patterson, WR of Vikings, originally drafted 29th: The bye week doesn't get averaged in to the standings, so it shouldn't affect a player's standing, but it hurt Patterson a good bit too. He's down two spots.
18. Dion Jordan, DE of Dolphins, originally drafted 3rd: Still not quite making the impact the Dolphins had hoped. He tipped two balls and had a tackle.
19. E. J. Manuel, QB of Bills, originally drafted 16th: The good news is he played ok and moved up a spot. The bad news is he got hurt, his team lost, and he's out 4-6 weeks now with an LCL sprain. He was 11/20 for 129 yards and had a rush for 14 yards.
20. Matt Elam, S of Ravens, originally drafted 32nd: A very quiet game with just 2 tackles. He's down two spots.
21. D. J. Hayden, CB of the Raiders, originally drafted 12th: He had 5 tackles a defended pass and had by far the best game of his career. He's up four spots and it's nice to see him playing better.
22. Chance Warmack, G of the Titans, originally drafted 10th: He did fine this week, and he's treading water a bit, which is better than going backwards.
23. Sharrif Floyd, DT of Vikings, originally drafted 23rd: The bye week curse strikes again, he's down two spots.
24. Luke Joeckel, T of the Jaguars, originally drafted 2nd: He had his first start at left tackle this week, moving to the blindside and he played horribly before breaking his ankle. He's not out for the year. A bad rookie season for Joeckel who will hopefully bounce back next season.
25. Lane Johnson, RT of Eagles, originally drafted 4th: Up two spots after a decent game that wasn't as disastrous as some he's had. He was penalized once.
26. Justin Pugh, G/T of Giants, originally drafted 19th: Stays at 26. Pro Football Focus has him down as giving up six (!) hurries. He's playing as badly as his team is.
27. Eric Fisher, T of Chiefs, originally drafted 1st: He drops 3 spots, did not play this week after being held out due to a concussion.
28. Bjoern Werner, DE/LB of Colts, originally drafted 24th: Did not play due to a foot injury. He's out 4-6 weeks.
29. Sylvester Williams, DT of Broncos, originally drafted 28th: He actually somehow moved up a spot in the rankings by barely playing and looking bad when he was in.
30. Dee Milliner, CB of Jets, CB of Jets, originally drafted 8th: He was out again this week due to a hamstring injury and the team played better without him.
31. Datone Jones, DE of Packers, originally drafted 26th: Despite an increase in snaps, he did absolutely nothing.
32. Jonathan Cooper, T of Cardinals, originally drafted 7th: Due to a season long injury, he will occupy this spot all season.
Barkevious Mingo up 4 spots
D. J. Hayden up 4 spots
D. J. Fluker up 3 spots
Eric Reid up 3 spots
Jarvis Jones down 2 spots
Cordarelle Patterson down 2 spots
Matt Elam down 2 spots
Shariff Floyd down 2 spots
Eric Fisher down 2 spots
Luke Joeckel down 2 spots
Where the f*** is Giovani Bernard? Are you some kind of idiot. Every major sports broadcasting market has him the rookie of the year so far. Again, I said "major market" so this does exclude you. Lol, wow. No wonder this is the first time being on this site. Will be the last time also. Moronic.
Jonathan Cooper is a Guard (G), not a Tackle (T). In High School, he played Guard. In College, he played Guard. In the NFL Draft he was considered one of the top Guard prospects. In the NFL he played Guard for the Arizona Cardinals until an unfortunate injury. Next year he will play... wait for it... Guard.
@SaintsNationBlg So proud
@tgoncalves600 haha, good point. he should easily be at the top of this list. rookie quarterback having early success if hard to come by....no matter last year w/ luck and RGIII, this isn't the norm