NFL Preseason 2012: Power Ranking the NFL's Top 50 Rookies After Week 2

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIAugust 21, 2012

NFL Preseason 2012: Power Ranking the NFL's Top 50 Rookies After Week 2

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    Even though we're only through two weeks of the NFL preseason, we've still seen plenty of impressive performances from this year's draft class.

    It seems that each year we see more and more rookies making impacts early in their careers. Last year we saw numerous rookies—such as Cam Newton, A.J. Green and Von Miller—instantly establish themselves as premier players at their respective positions.

    The 2012 rookie class appears to be filled with just as many talented players, if not more. Today we'll rank the NFL's top 50 rookies after two weeks of preseason action.

50. Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns

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    Preseason Stats: 15-of-29, 180 Yards, 1 Interception, 1 Fumble

    Things didn't start well for Brandon Weeden; he completed only 33 percent of his passes in the first preseason game, along with throwing a touchdown and losing a fumble.

    However, he looked much better against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2. He looked more poised and confident while cutting down on his mistakes.

    Weeden still has a ways to go to be considered a serviceable quarterback in the NFL, but at least he is making strides.

49. Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Atlanta Falcons

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    Preseason Stats: 8 Tackles

    After giving several draft picks to the Cleveland Browns for the rights to Julio Jones last year, the Atlanta Falcons needed to find some gems in the later rounds to have a successful 2012 draft.

    That gem appears to defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi, who has been stellar through two weeks of the preseason. He's taken full advantage of a rise in playing time due to Ray Edwards and John Abraham being limited.

    It looks like Massaquoi will be a valuable role player this season.

48. Michael Brockers, DT, St. Louis Rams

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    Preseason Stats: 4 Tackles

    What Michael Brockers is going to do this season isn't always going to show up in in stat columns.

    Brockers will continue to grow as a pass-rusher, but what he is already excelling at early in the preseason is eating up blockers. He's been stout at the point of attack against the run, opening up lanes for his linebackers.

    If Brockers continues to play like this during the regular season, he should instantly improve the St. Louis Rams defense.

47. Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle Seahawks

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    Preseason Stats: 6 Tackles

    Few rookies have been thrown into more difficult situations than Bobby Wagner has. The Seattle Seahawks lost an extremely productive player in David Hawthorne, and Wagner is the one expected to replace his production.

    So far through two preseason games, it appears as if Wagner is up to that huge task. He's had six tackles in limited time and appears to already have a good grasp of the Seahawks defense.

    Seattle already had one of the best young defenses in the league, and it now looks like the Seahawks will be even better with Wagner on the roster.

46. Shea McClellin, DE, Chicago Bears

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    Preseason Stats: 4 Tackles, 1 Sack

    No one was really sure how Shea McClellin would fit into the Chicago Bears defense, but he definitely looks comfortable rushing as a 4-3 defensive end.

    He's been able to get steady pressure against opposing quarterbacks and has come away with one sack in two games.

    He still needs to show more burst off the line of scrimmage with his hand in the ground, but if he can do that, he will become a quality pass-rushing specialist for the Bears.

45. Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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    Preseason Stats: 2 Receptions, 18 Yards

    Yes, Michael Floyd only has two receptions in three games, but it is what he is doing without the ball in his hands that puts him on this list.

    He's proven to be a very dependable blocker in the open field, an extremely underrated trait for wide receivers. We also can't forget that he hasn't had the best quarterback play, which will take away from his production.

    Floyd is still learning how to be productive next to a player like Larry Fitzgerald, but you can at least see the willingness and desire to do what it takes to get better.

44. Mychal Kendricks, LB, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Preseason Stats: 11 Tackles

    Mychal Kendricks has been all over the field for the Philadelphia Eagles through the first two preseason games. While he hasn't made any spectacular plays, he also hasn't made any bone-headed ones.

    The Eagles desperately need consistency at the linebacker position, and it appears as if Kendricks will be capable of bringing that early in his career.

43. Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders

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    Preseason Stats: 13 Receptions, 109 Yards

    Despite being an undrafted free agent out of Temple University, Rod Streater already looks like one of the best receivers on the Oakland Raiders.

    He's caught everything that has come his way while showing a knack for picking up extra yards after the catch.

    His performance through two preseason games has already locked him up a roster spot, and if he keeps playing at this level, he could become a key contributor this season.

42. Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts

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    Preseason Stats: 4 Receptions, 38 Yards

    Coby Fleener hasn't quite looked like an elite pass-catching tight end so far, but he has played solid football in a limited amount of playing time.

    The advantage that Fleener has over many other rookies is that he is overly familiar with his quarterback, Andrew Luck. While we haven't seen how potent this relationship can ultimately become, we have seen flashes, and it will only get better.

41. Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets

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    Preseason Stats: 4 Receptions, 38 Yards

    The most surprising part of Stephen Hill's play though the first two preseason games is that he hasn't been the deep threat that the New York Jets hoped he would be. Of course, it doesn't help when Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are playing like middle-school quarterbacks.

    There is no doubting that Hill has the talent and potential to be a great receiver in this league. However, if the quarterback play doesn't improve in New York, all that potential will be wasted.

40. Fletcher Cox, DT, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Preseason Stats: 3 Tackles

    While Fletcher Cox has yet to show the explosiveness that made his such a coveted pick in this year's draft, we definitely saw some improvement between his first and second preseason game.

    Against the New England Patriots on Monday night, Cox looked more comfortable with taking on blockers and penetrating gaps. He's still not where Philadelphia hopes he will be, but he is making strides toward getting there.

    Don't be surprised if Cox has a very impressive game next week against the Cleveland Browns.

39. Casey Hayward, CB, Green Bay Packers

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    Preseason Stats: 6 Tackles, 1 Pass Defended

    With the loss of Nick Collins this offseason, the Green Bay Packers have a huge hole at safety. Their best option would be to move Charles Woodson to safety and find a replacement for Woodson at cornerback.

    Through two weeks of the preseason, it looks as though moving Woodson could become reality thanks to the play of Hayward. The Packers traded up to draft Hayward, and he has certainly proved that he was worth the extra cost.

    As long as Hayward can be a serviceable starter, which it appears he can, the Packers secondary should be much improved.

38. Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants

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    Preseason Stats: 3 Receptions, 76 Yards, 1 Touchdown

    It almost isn't fair how much talent the New York Giants have at wide receiver right now. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are already two of the top receivers in the league, and now they've added to their receiving corps with rookie Rueben Randle.

    He already looks ready to completely fill in for the departed Mario Manningham with his ability to stretch the field. Look for the Giants to boast one of the best passing attacks in the league, thanks to the quick development of Randle.

37. Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams

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    Preseason Stats: 4 Receptions, 29 Yards

    After his first preseason game, in which he only recorded one reception, it looked like Brian Quick was going to need a bit of time to get used to the professional game.

    However, against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, Quick looked like a much better player.

    Yes, he only had three receptions, but they were three quality receptions, and it appeared he and Sam Bradford were on the same page. The St. Louis Rams desperately need to add more weapons at the receiver position, and if Quick can continue to develop this quickly, they should have a pretty good one pretty quick.

36. Dontari Poe, NT, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Preseason Stats: 1 Tackle, 1 Pass Defended

    Like many other nose tackles, what Dontari Poe has done on the field hasn't shown up statistically.

    He was supposed to be an extremely raw player, and while there are certainly rough parts to his game, his elite athleticism and strength have certainly been on display this preseason. Poe has been able to take on blockers with ease and move them where he wants, allowing his teammates to make plays.

    If Poe can improve on the finite details of playing his position effectively, the Kansas City Chiefs will have another talented young player to improve their already impressive defense.

35. Dont'a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots

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    Preseason Stats: 5 Tackles

    Dont'a Hightower definitely looked better in his first preseason game than he did in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he has played solid football in both games.

    What we've seen so far from Hightower is his willingness to do a number of things to help his team win. He doesn't make every impact play on the field, but he always makes the fundamental play.

    The best way to describe Hightower is that he is a football player through and through. His performance through two weeks hasn't changed that description at all.


34. Morris Claiborne, CB, Dallas Cowboys

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    Preseason Stats: 2 Tackles

    Morris Claiborne has only played in one preseason game so far, but his performance in that game proved that he was certainly worth trading up for.

    He was physical and polished and did a good job at shutting down San Diego Chargers receivers.

    With Brandon Carr and Claiborne, it appears as if the Dallas Cowboys have greatly improved their cornerback position for the upcoming season.

33. Carmen Messina, LB, Detroit Lions

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    Preseason Stats: 8 Tackles, 1 Interception

    Carmen Messina has been one of the best stories of the offseason. This undrafted free agent out of the University of New Mexico has stolen the show in Detroit.

    He notched seven tackles and a game-sealing interception against the Baltimore Ravens in his first preseason game. While he hasn't locked down a starting position, he has certainly made a name for himself and is almost certainly guaranteed a final roster spot heading into the regular season.

32. Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

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    Preseason Stats: 4 Receptions, 56 Yards

    If we were only going off of one preseason game, Kendall Wright would probably rank much higher. Against the Seattle Seahawks, Wright notched three receptions for 47 yards.

    However, Wright struggled in his second preseason game. While most of this was do to the atrocious quarterback play of Jake Locker, some of the blame also falls on Wright's shoulders.

    Wright already looks like a great weapon on a team that could use some help on the offensive side of the ball.

31. Nick Perry, LB, Green Bay Packers

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    Preseason Stats: 4 Tackles, 1 Sack

    There is still plenty of room for improvement in Nick Perry's game, but through two games we've definitely been able to see his unique abilities as a pass-rusher.

    He still looks extremely lost when dropping into coverage and defending against the run, but that isn't what the Green Bay Packers coveted when they drafted him in the first round. They expect Perry to excel at getting after the quarterback, and through two weeks of the preseason, he's proven capable of doing that.

30. David DeCastro, OG, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Preseason Stats: N/A

    While David DeCastro hasn't looked like the All-Pro player that many experts pegged him as entering the draft, he has definitely been a major improvement at offensive guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    He still should be one of the best rookie offensive linemen in the league, but his play has been somewhat disappointing so far this preseason.

29. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins

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    Preseason Stats: 25-of-44, 267 Yards, 1 Touchdown

    It's true that Ryan Tannehill is still a raw prospect, but he is definitely more polished than many gave him credit for.

    He looked exceptional in his first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went through his progressions quickly and had little trouble finding open receivers.

    While he struggled at the start of the game against the Carolina Panthers, he finally settled into a nice groove. He'll need a receiver to step up and be a quality option for him, but the Miami Dolphins have to be pleased with the progression that Tannehill has made through the preseason so far.

28. Bruce Irvin, LB, Seattle Seahawks

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    Preseason Stats: N/A

    Bruce Irvin has yet to record a tackle or a sack, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been impressive through the first two weeks of preseason football.

    He's been consistently able to get pressure on quarterbacks with an explosive first step off the snap. The highlight of his preseason was a crushing hit on Peyton Manning, who has one of the quickest releases in the NFL.

    Irvin will never be an every-down player in the NFL, but he is proving that he can be a very successful pass-rushing specialist early in his career.

27. David Wilson, RB, New York Giants

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    Preseason Stats: 15 Rushes, 69 Yards; 2 Receptions, 26 Yards

    The New York Giants used their first-round pick on David Wilson, so they clearly expect him to contribute right away as a rookie.

    Through two preseason games, it looks like Wilson will be more than capable of contributing in a big way this year. Despite being pegged mostly as a burner heading into the draft, Wilson has shown some toughness to his game so far.

    He'll be a great complement to Ahmad Bradshaw and should be another great weapon for the potent offense of the New York Giants.

26. Cordy Glenn, OT, Buffalo Bills

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    Preseason Stats: N/A

    It was supposed to take Cordy Glenn time to transition from offensive guard to offensive tackle. However, he's made the transition appear simple and looks like a legitimate starting left tackle in the NFL.

    The Buffalo Bills will need Glenn to play like a seasoned veteran if they want a legitimate shot at winning the AFC East.

    While he still has things to work on, he is well on his way.

25. Tyrone Crawford, DE, Dallas Cowboys

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    Preseason Stats: 3 Tackles

    It would be safe to say that Tyrone Crawford has exceeding every expectation set for him coming out of Boise State. Not only is he one of the most physical defensive rookies in the league, but he has also shown great explosiveness during the preseason.

    He still needs to learn how to channel his energy to make impact plays on the field, but once he does that, he should be a very scary player in this league.

24. Whitney Mercilus, LB, Houston Texans

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    Preseason Stats: 4 Tackles, 1.5 Sacks

    The Houston Texans were hoping that Whitney Mercilus would eventually replace Mario Williams' production, but I doubt they thought he'd do it so soon.

    His first-ever preseason game was an absolute beauty, as he recorded 1.5 sacks against the Carolina Panthers. He showed a mature set of pass-rushing skills and the ability to get after the quarterback in a number of ways.

    He may not be be Super Mario just yet, but the Texans must be thrilled with how Mercilus is playing in the preseason.

23. Mark Barron, S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Preseason Stats: 1 Tackle, 1 Pass Defended

    Mark Barron has only played in one preseason game, but the impact he made for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was huge in that one.

    His play didn't show up in the statistics, but he showed that he is more than capable in coverage as well as being extremely tough and instinctive against the run. Barron will only get better and should be a front-runner for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.

22. T.J. Graham, WR, Buffalo Bills

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    Preseason Stats: 5 Receptions, 106 Yards

    Heading into training camp, it appeared as if T.J. Graham was going to need quite a bit of time to adjust to the NFL game. However, that no longer appears to be the case after two strong performances in the first two preseason games.

    Graham's greatest asset is his speed, which was on display during a 64-yard reception against the Minnesota Vikings. He has also improved his route-running abilities and his understanding of the offense.

    The Buffalo Bills need more playmakers at wide receiver and right now, it looks like Graham could fill that need.

21. Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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    Preseason Stats: 7 Receptions, 104 Yards

    Those statistics for Cole Beasley are from only one game, his Week 2 matchup against the San Diego Chargers.

    Beasley was a long shot to even make the roster for the Dallas Cowboys this year, but it would be safe to say that he's a near lock to be one of the final 53 right now. In fact, if he keeps up this type of play, there is no reason that he won't have an opportunity to contribute in the regular season.

    This may be too soon to say, but Beasley is looking awfully similar to Victor Cruz at this point in his career.

20. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Preseason Stats: 4 Receptions, 48 Yards, 1 Touchdown

    Forget all the off-field issues that are surrounding Justin Blackmon and focus on the fact that this kid can play football.

    Even though he has missed the majority of training camp so far, Blackmon looked like a stud during his first preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. His hands were solid, and he constantly made defenders miss tackles in the open field.

    What's even better is that his presence raised Blaine Gabbert's game to a whole different level. I'm not saying that Gabbert to Blackmon is the next Montana to Rice, but both Jaguars looked extremely good in their Week 2 win over the Saints.

19. Omar Brown, S, Baltimore Ravens

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    Preseason Stats: 2 Tackles, 1 Pass Defended, 1 Interception

    Omar Brown hasn't secured a roster spot yet, but that is more of a testament to the depth on defense for the Baltimore Ravens than Brown's stellar play in the preseason.

    His interception against the Atlanta Falcons was very impressive. While it is unlikely he'll see much playing time this year other than on special teams, Brown has still been one of the best rookies so far this preseason.

18. Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers

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    Preseason Stats: 7 Tackles, 1 Pass Defended, 1 Forced Fumble

    Luke Kuechly was thought to be one of the most polished prospects in the 2012 NFL draft, and his performance through two preseason games hasn't changed that opinion.

    Kuechly has shown a knack for being around the football and has made plays all over the field. His sideline-to-sideline ability and football instincts are clear every time he steps onto the field.

    If Kuechly isn't atop your list of favorites to walk away with the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, its time you re-think your list.

17. Janoris Jenkins, CB, St. Louis Rams

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    Preseason Stats: 5 Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble

    The fact that Janoris Jenkins dropped to the second round of the 2012 NFL draft looks completely ridiculous right now. In his first preseason game, Jenkins looked the part of a shutdown cornerback in this league.

    He made plays all over the field with his physical play at the line of scrimmage and elite ability to stick with his man.

    It's only a matter of time before Jenkins is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL.

16. Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Preseason Stats: 14 Rushes, 44 Yards, 1 Touchdown; 1 Reception, 7 Yards

    While Doug Martin's statistics don't jump off the page at you, he has still been one of the better rookies this preseason. 

    It's clear through two preseason games that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to do whatever it takes to have Martin involved in the offense. They're going to hand him the ball as well as throw him the ball, and Martin has the versatility to excel as a runner and receiver.

    It is only a matter of time before Martin is racking up yards on the ground and through the air for the Buccaneers during the regular season.

15. Kendall Reyes, DE, San Diego Chargers

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    Preseason Stats: 7 Tackles, 0.5 Sacks

    Kendall Reyes was another player who dropped on draft day because teams weren't exactly sure where he fit in the NFL.

    However, the San Diego Chargers took a chance on him, and it has paid off in a huge way.

    Not only has Reyes looked very good against the run, but he's also shown the ability to get into opponents' backfields and make plays. His ability to line up at a few different positions will prove to be extremely valuable this year to the Chargers.

14. Andre Branch, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Preseason Stats: 3 Tackles, 0.5 Sacks

    Andre Branch was drafted mainly for his potential, but he has already shown that he has much to offer to the Jacksonville Jaguars starting this year.

    He's looked extremely natural through two preseason games against both the run and the pass. The Jaguars defense is one of the more underrated units in the league, and Branch should start and contribute immediately.

13. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears

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    Preseason Stats: 7 Receptions, 97 Yards

    Few players were as scrutinized coming out of college as Alshon Jeffery was. If people weren't critical about his weight, they were critical about his ability to separate from defenders.

    However, Jeffery has silenced every one of his critics by playing exception football in his first two preseason games.

    Not only has Jeffery been able to separate, but he has been able to make big plays down the field as well. Against the Washington Redskins, Jeffery had a huge 34-yard reception that showed his big-play ability.

    The Chicago Bears should have a great offense this year, and Jeffery will be a big reason why.

12. Chandler Jones, DE, New England Patriots

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    Preseason Stats: 2 Tackles

    Don't let Chandler Jones' lack of statistics deter you from seeing the impact he has made through Week 2 of the preseason.

    He's often looked like a man among boys, displaying his athleticism and ability to constantly be around the football.

    The New England Patriots are once again looking like geniuses, after trading up to draft both Dont'a Hightower and Jones. Both rookies should make big impacts this season.

11. Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Preseason Stats: 4 Tackles, 1 Interception

    Despite being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' third pick of the 2012 NFL draft, Lavonte David looks like the best rookie on the roster.

    He is the definition of a playmaker, and his ability to drop into coverage as well as blitz the quarterback is what makes him such a valuable player. He should be a starting linebacker by the start of the regular season and ride his early preseason dominance to a successful rookie campaign.

10. Jamell Fleming, CB, Arizona Cardinals

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    Preseason Stats: 12 Tackles, 1 Pass Defended

    Usually when a cornerback racks up a large amount of tackles, it means that he is allowing numerous receptions. However, that hasn't been the case with Jamell Fleming.

    His tackles have mostly come when making plays against the run. When covering wide receivers, Fleming has been physical and able to shadow his opponents with ease.

    Fleming is making a case to the Arizona Cardinals to start opposite Patrick Peterson, and if he continues to play at this level, the Cardinals will have no choice but to oblige him.

9. Audie Cole, LB, Minnesota Vikings

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    Preseason Stats: 3 Tackles, 2 Passes Defended, 2 Interceptions, 2 Touchdowns

    Do you want to know how to make an impact in the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick? Well, returning two interceptions for touchdowns in a single game is a good place to start.

    Audie Cole hasn't just been the biggest surprise on the Minnesota Vikings roster so far this preseason; he's been the biggest rookie surprise in the entire NFL.

    It is pure joy to watch him play the game he loves, and it looks as if the Vikings have the steal of the draft in Cole right now.

8. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Preseason Stats: 24-of-38, 361 Yards, 4 Touchdowns, 1 Interception

    The Philadelphia Eagles have to be feeling good about how Nick Foles has played through two preseason games. With Michael Vick almost guaranteed to miss some time with an injury this year, the Eagles desperately need a competent quarterback for when that happens.

    Not only has Foles looked like a legitimate backup quarterback in the NFL, but he looks like he could be a legitimate starter in the league in a short amount of time. It will be interested to see what the Eagles do if Vick gets injured and Foles plays extremely well this year.

    Could you imagine what would happen if Vick were on the trading block?

7. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins

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    Preseason Stats: 9-of-14, 119 Yards, 1 Touchdown; 4 Rushes, 17 Yards

    Had we been ranking these rookies after only one preseason game, Robert Griffin III would have ranked much higher on this list. However, he struggled against the Chicago Bears and their superior defense in Week 2.

    With that said, Griffin has still looked extremely impressive through his first two games. His athleticism has been on display at times, but it is clear that Griffin would rather make plays with his arm than his legs.

    The Washington Redskins must be thrilled beyond belief that Griffin not only has lived up to expectations but is beginning to surpass them already.

6. Quinton Coples, DE, New York Jets

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    Preseason Stats: 8 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 1 Pass Defended, 1 Forced Fumble

    There haven't been too may bright spots on the New York Jets roster this preseason other than Quinton Coples. The rookie defensive end has been one of the most dominant players this preseason, rookie or not.

    We already knew that he was an incredible athlete, but no one knew that he was this much of a freak of an athlete. He makes rushing the quarterback look simple and is capable of making plays in every facet of the game.

    Coples already looks like the best player on the Jets roster after two preseason games. and while that is good for Coples, it is a bad sign for New York.

5. Melvin Ingram, DE/LB, San Diego Chargers

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    Preseason Stats: 5 Tackles, 1 Sack

    Versatility is the name of the game with Melvin Ingram. He can line up all over the field and has no difficulty bringing pressure from multiple positions.

    His one sack through two games is impressive, but his ability to get almost constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks is even more impressive.

    Don't be surprised if the San Diego Chargers play Ingram at a number of positions this year and he excels at all of them.

4. Kevin Zeitler, OG, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Preseason Stats: N/A

    If you're looking for the best rookie offensive lineman through two weeks of preseason play, look no further than Kevin Zeitler of the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Zeitler has been an absolute beast, man-handling defensive lineman as though he were a 10-year veteran. He's been just as solid in pass protection as he has been in the run game. 

    There has been little transition for Zeitler to the NFL, and that must be thrilling for the Bengals.

3. Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins

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    Preseason Stats: 27-of-45, 338 Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 1 Interception

    Yes, Kirk Cousins has had a better preseason than Robert Griffin III. Does that mean the Washington Redskins should start him? Absolutely not.

    The best NFL teams need to have depth at the quarterback position because you simply never know what is going to happen week to week. With Cousins, the Redskins not only have security for Griffin, but also a valuable trade chip to get back some picks they lost to move up in this year's draft.

    If Cousins continues to play at this high of a level, it won't be long before a team like the Arizona Cardinals is knocking on Washington's door.

2. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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    Preseason Stats: 22-of-33, 279 Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 1 Interception; 8 Rushes, 92 Yards, 1 Touchdown

    Why is Russell Wilson not the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks? Not only has he been extremely impressive through the first two weeks of preseason play, but Matt Flynn hasn't been very good at all.

    Wilson is accurate, poised and already showing a great understanding of the quarterback position in the NFL. He's been able to make plays with both his arm and legs, and his height hasn't been an issue so far.

    If Wilson has another outstanding preseason game in Week 3, I simply can't see how Seattle can keep him on the bench.

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

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    Preseason Stats: 26-of-41, 263 Yards, 2 Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions, 1 Rushing Touchdown

    Is there really any surprise here as to who the best rookie is through two weeks of the preseason?

    His statistics aren't overly impressive, especially the two interceptions on Sunday night, but they were also against the Pittsburgh Steelers' first-team defense. What is so great about that performance is that Luck didn't just give up after throwing a few bad passes. He got right back on that field and put his team in a position to score points.

    Luck has exceeded his ultra-high expectations already, and he is only going to get better. This kid is going to be an absolute star, and the Indianapolis Colts couldn't be happier.