Rookie Watch: Week 14
Originally Published: December 15, 2009By Jeremy Green | Scouts Inc.
A four-sack performance against the Raiders on Sunday has Redskins DE Brian Orakpo making a huge jump in this week's Rookie Watch.Preseason | Week 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13
|Ranking||Player, position (draft position)||Status||Last week|
|Michael Oher, Ravens RT (first round, No. 23)
You could make a case for him being the offensive rookie of the year. He is one of the best pure right tackles in the NFL and should garner Pro Bowl consideration. He is going to dominate for many years to come at either right or left tackle.
|Percy Harvin, Vikings WR (first round, No. 22)
Figured we would let Oher take over the limelight this week since Harvin missed the Vikings' game this past Sunday with migraines. Though his absence was felt in the passing game, the Vikings used more two TE sets with him out and got back to pounding the ball on the ground.
|Brian Cushing, Texans OLB (first round, No. 15)
We should not be surprised he turned in another solid game as it has become customary. He is playing as confidently as any defensive rookie in the NFL. He has a great feel for the game, which allowed him to total 10 tackles, three of which came behind the line of scrimmage.
|Clay Matthews, Packers LB (first round, No. 26)
Another former USC LB who, every time we go to the film, all we see is him making plays. He is a very good pass-rusher who has improved weekly playing the run and in coverage. He has a knack for coming up with big plays at key moments.
|Brian Orakpo, Redskins DE (first round, No. 13)
He is the biggest mover this week. He turned in a dominating four-sack game in Oakland to give him 12 sacks. In a year with a lot of great defensive rookies, he is now a sleeper to put his stamp on the defensive rookie of the year.
|Jairus Byrd, Bills FS (second round, No. 10)
He garnered a lot of defensive rookie of the year consideration from us early in the season but had not made many big plays in recent weeks. He had an interception in Kansas City this past weekend, giving him nine, which leads the NFL.
|James Laurinaitis, Rams LB (second round, No. 3)
He had seven solo tackles in the Rams' loss this past week in Tennessee. He stays on the list because we love the way he plays the game. He is a sideline-to-sideline player who shows up every week despite not being protected very well by his front four.
|B.J. Raji, Packers NT (first round, No. 9)
He is a tough player to grade because he is not going to pile up big tackle numbers as a NT in a 3-4 defensive scheme. However, in breaking him down this past week, the Green Bay LBs were often free to run and attack because he was gobbling up two blockers and holding the point of attack.
|Hakeem Nicks, Giants WR (first round, No. 29)
This is the first week we have added him to the watch. Though he had a very inconsistent game against Philadelphia, it is hard to argue his big-play ability. He has good hands but lacks concentration at times. He has consistently shown the ability to be a big-play WR in the Giants' offense.
|Phil Loadholt, Vikings RT (second round, No. 22)
We have had him on the radar in recent weeks and after watching him against Cincinnati, it became clear he should be on this list. He is the second-best rookie offensive lineman in the league behind Oher. The Vikings consistently pounded the rock this past week behind the massive Loadholt, who was dominant at the point of attack.