Elite Rookie Rankings Week 6

There's been some quiet performances from the 2013 1st round draft class this season but there some truly memorable outputs this week. We're starting to see the toll of an NFL season on these inexperienced players as 5 of the 30 1st round picks playing this week were injured. We're also seeing the ones that are staying healthy able to adjust better to life in the NFL. The top performer this week was Alec Ogletree, who graded out as the top first round pick for the second time in six weeks. Shelden Richardson continues to run away with the top spot, very far ahead with our scoring system. It will take a major collapse or injury to dethrone him at this point. Here are the standings after week 6:

1. Sheldon Richardson, DE/DT for the Jets, originally drafted 13th: Six more tackles this week, including one for a loss. Richardson is a complete player that continues to excel in all areas. His ability to stay around the football continually given his size is incredible. A clear rookie of the year candidate, and a possible Pro Bowler.

2. Eric Reid, S of 49ers, originally drafted 18th: He very deservingly moves up a spot as he continues to play lights out. A monster week from the LSU product as he had an interception returned 53 yards and a fumble recovery to go along with 3 tackles. Hard to believe the 49ers found a way to upgrade from Dashon Goldson.

3. Alec Ogletree, LB of Rams, originally drafted 30th: He's up two spots thanks to another immense game. Ogletree is the top graded 1st round pick of the week thanks to his NFL rookie record 98 yard pick six. As if that wasn't enough, he led his team in tackles with 10 and also had a forced fumble. What a huge game for the young linebacker who's developing into a star for the Rams.

4. Ziggy Ansah, DE/LB of Lions, originally drafted 5th: He drops two spots as the pass rusher by trade wasn't able to get to the quarterback at all this week. He finished with a measly 2 tackles and was controlled at the line of scrimmage.

5. Desmond Trufant, CB of Falcons, originally drafted 22nd: He moves up two spots despite being on a bye week thanks to players ranked around him having an off week.

6. Star Lotulelei, DT of Panthers, originally drafted 14th: He had no stats this week and made no meaningful impact in the game. He's been very quiet since the bye with two underwhelming games in a row. He drops two spots.

7. Kenny Vaccaro, S of Saints, originally drafted 15th: He's up 2 spots despite not having a great week somehow. He did have 6 tackles and was very involved against the run, but he's also a little fortunate that Tom Brady was off his game for a majority of this one. Vaccaro had poor coverage deep a couple of times and Brady wasn't able to throw an accurate pass downfield to take advantage.

8. Tyler Eifert, TE of Bengals, originally drafted 21st: After grading out as the top 1st round pick last week he turned in a much more pedestrian 2 catches for 13 yards this week.

9. Travis Frederick, C of Cowboys, originally drafted 31st: He's up a spot and continues to move up the rankings on the heels of another pretty solid week. He was penalized once but otherwise blocked well for Romo and his backs.

10. DeAndre Hopkins, WR of Texans, originally drafted 27th: At one point he was atop these standings. Unfortunately he's continued to struggle the last few weeks and now he drops 4 spots, barely staying in the top 10. He did have 3 catches for 47 yards but the lost fumble was a back breaker.

11. Kyle Long, G of Bears, originally drafted 20th: Another steadily quiet week for Long who continues to do a solid job.

12. Barkevious Mingo, LB of Browns, originally drafted 6th: He didn't have his best pass rushing day but still had 3 tackles including one for a loss. He stays at 12 so this marks this first time this season he hasn't moved up in the standings.

13. D. J. Fluker, T of Chargers, originally drafted 11th: This is the third straight week he played very well. He's starting to get comfortable at right tackle and it's showing. No coincidence that Philip Rivers is enjoying a revival season behind better offensive line play, and Fluker has been a big part of that.

14. Jarvis Jones, LB of the Steelers, originally drafted 17th: He had 2 tackles this week but drops a spot because he was mauled in run support. Largely a disaster absorbing contact in this one.

15. Tavon Austin, WR of Rams, originally drafted 8th: 1 catch for 3 yards and no impact in the return game isn't going to move you up in the standings. He's getting less play time with the offense, too, so maybe the Rams are losing interest.

16. Dion Jordan, DE of Dolphins, originally drafted 3rd: Didn't play this week due to a bye.

17. Sharrif Floyd, DT of Vikings, originally drafted 23rd: He's up 6 spots, the biggest jump this week. That's right he actually made a play and had a sack. 2 tackles, too.

18. Xavier Rhodes, CB of the Vikings, originally drafted 25th: Unlike his defensive teammate Floyd he was a disaster this week and it costs him 3 spots. He was torched by Cam Newton. He had 2 tackles.

19. Matt Elam, S of Ravens, originally drafted 32nd: He was decent as a last line of defense and had 8 tackles, but he didn't do anything particularly well. 

20. Cordarelle Patterson, WR of Vikings, originally drafted 29th: Like his teammate Rhodes he's down three spots. 2 catches for 3 yards will do that to you. He's making almost zero impact in the passing game this season.

21. D. J. Hayden, CB of the Raiders, originally drafted 12th: After a very good game last week he fell back down to earth a little bit. He had 2 tackles and was poor in coverage.

22. Justin Pugh, G/T of Giants, originally drafted 19th: For once I'm not going to rope him in with his team as he had, by far, the best game of his young career. Hopefully he's turning a corner because what he's done up to this point has been terrifying. But this was a good sign for Giant hopefuls as Pugh was utterly dominant, especially in the run game. He's up four spots.

23. E. J. Manuel, QB of Bills, originally drafted 16th: He's out with an injury, and the signing of Matt Flynn suggests that it may take a while. Unfortunately for him in this format, if you are out injured you drop in the standings. He will continue to fall for now.

24. Lane Johnson, RT of Eagles, originally drafted 4th: He was very good run blocking this week but continues to struggle in pass protection. He's up a spot.

25. Chance Warmack, G of the Titans, originally drafted 10th: He continues to plummet, down three spots this week. He gave up a sack and did not play well. He's yet to really impress this season.

26. Luke Joeckel, T of the Jaguars, originally drafted 2nd: Out for the year with an injury. As if the Jaguars needed that. Brutal. He'll continue to drop and likely end the season 31st overall.

27. Eric Fisher, T of Chiefs, originally drafted 1st: He looks unfit to be a starter at the moment. He played horrible is all aspects this week and he's stunting the Chiefs' ability offensively.  He gave up 4 hurries, a sack, was penalized and generally played like a turnstile.

28. Sylvester Williams, DT of Broncos, originally drafted 28th: He had a tackle for a loss. That's something! Although if he can't get in against the Jaguars he may as well not bother suiting up the rest of the season.

29. Datone Jones, DE of Packers, originally drafted 26th: That's right, I moved him up two spots! Finally he did something right. He had a big 20 yard fumble recovery that set up the Packers' offense in the red zone. 

30. Bjoern Werner, DE/LB of Colts, originally drafted 24th: He's injured and out 3-5 weeks.

31. Dee Milliner, CB of Jets, CB of Jets, originally drafted 8th: He continues to nurse his hamstring issue. Hopefully he'll be back soon.

32. Jonathan Cooper, T of Cardinals, originally drafted 7th: Due to a season long injury, he will occupy this spot all season.

 

Who's Hot

Sharrif Floyd up 6 spots

Jason Pugh up 4 spots

D. J. Fluker up 3 spots

 

Who's Not

E. J. Manuel down 4 spots

DeAndre Hopkins down 4 spots

Xavier Rhodes down 3 sports

Cordarelle Patterson down 3 spots

Chance Warmack down 3 spots

 

Andrew Juge

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