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|Ranking||Player, position (draft position)||Status||Last week|
|Michael Oher, Ravens RT (first round, No. 23)
He pitched another shutout last week as he did not give up a sack in the Ravens' win over the Bears. His technique gets better every single week. With the injury to WR Percy Harvin (migraines), Oher is our current pick for rookie of the year.
|Percy Harvin, Vikings WR (first round, No. 22)
He stays in the No. 2 spot this week because his body of work for the season has earned him that right, but concerns with his neck and migraines and a visit scheduled this week to the Mayo Clinic have us worried that he might not see the field again any time soon.
|Brian Cushing, Texans OLB (first round, No. 15)
He had seven tackles, two QB hits and a half sack in the Texans' win at St. Louis this past weekend. He leads all rookie LBs in tackles and has been a playmaking machine all season long.
|Clay Matthews, Packers LB (first round, No. 26)
Had another huge game this past weekend in the Packers' loss to Pittsburgh, totaling seven tackles (five solo) and two sacks. He has really started to develop his array of pass-rush moves and showed a nice swim move for one of his sacks this past weekend. Of all the players on the list, he has the best overall motor.
|Brian Orakpo, Redskins DE (first round, No. 13)
He did not have a very good week as the Redskins' defense was embarrassed on Monday night. That said, he belongs on the list because his body of work over the course of the season has been so strong. Leads all rookies with 12 sacks but as we saw Monday night, he can be exposed in coverage.
|Jairus Byrd, Bills FS (second round, No. 10)
He either did not show up on the stat sheet this week in the Bills' loss to New England. Regardless, he is one of the best young playmakers in the NFL. He leads the NFL with nine interceptions and should be seriously considered for defensive rookie of the year honors.
|James Laurinaitis, Rams LB (second round, No. 3)
Finished the Rams' loss to Houston with five tackles. We did not drop him this week because his body of work has been productive all season long. Even though he has piled up big tackle numbers, we are hoping next season he will have a lot more explosive, game-changing plays.
|B.J. Raji, Packers NT (first round, No. 9)
Had only two tackles in the Packers' loss to Pittsburgh but he is not going to pile up a lot of tackles in a Dom Capers system at the NT position. He did a nice job of protecting the point of attack and allowing the Packers' LBs to stuff the run.
|Mike Wallace, Steelers WR (third round, No. 20)
He was targeted four times last week, catching two passes. However, the two receptions went for 79 yards and two touchdowns. The second touchdown was a game-winner, propelling him into the top 10 this week and for the second time this season.
|Hakeem Nicks, Giants WR (first round, No. 29)
He led the Giants in receiving yards this past week with two receptions for 66 yards. He has to get better as a route runner and develop better focus and concentration but he continues to show he is one of the best rookies in the NFL with the ball in his hands after the catch.