We are nearing the halfway point of the NFL season and we have started to see which rookies are for real and which rookies have had a let down. Here are the top 5 rookies so far.
First Five Out:
Kicker Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings: Yeah, I seriously put a kicker in the top 10. Already has a game-winning kick in overtime.
LB Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati Bengals: Coming off a 15-tackle performance against Pittsburgh.
SS Mark Barron, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Barron is racking up tackles like a linebacker, and already has an interception and 8 pass break-ups.
RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns: Ranks third of all rookies in rushing, and second in receiving.
DE Chandler Jones, New England Patriots: Leads all rookies with 5.0 sacks and 3 forced fumbles
The Top Five:
5. LB Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
Kuechly leads all rookies in tackles, and is breaking up passes as well. Kuechly will have to step up even more now with Jon Beason out for the year.
4. QB Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Tannehill is blowing away all expectations as a rookie this year. Granted, he hasnít had the best season of all the rookie QBís, heís been able to improve week to week after he started slow.
3. QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Heís leading all rookies in yards per game. The #1 pick has not disappointed so far this season. His most impressive accomplishment to date may be outplaying Aaron Rodgers in an upset win over the Packers.
2. RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Iím going to keep harping on Morris until everyone is aware of his talents. Heís leading all rookies in rushing yards, and is second in the NFL -- he trails Arian Foster by one yard -- despite averaging five less carries a game. The sixth-round pick has been a revelation under Mike Shanahan.
1. QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
This one is too obvious, but thereís no clear alternative here. Itís maddening that Ryan Tannehill has been up for the Rookie of the Week award more times than RGIII at this point. A few stats for you:
Heís currently leading the NFL in yards per passing attempt and yards per carry -- thatís never happened before.
Heís currently leading the NFL in completion percentage, so thereís that as well.
His 468 yards yards rushing are second for all rookies, and 12th overall. His 6 rushing touchdowns are second in the league.