With the first full week of preseason games ready to commence, it seemed a good time to reveal the 25 best rookies heading into Week 1.
Just as with most weekly power rankings, this list is expected to change somewhat from week-to-week as the best NFL rookies separate from the crowd. Some of the names here may be gone next week and replaced by some outstanding “rookie risers” from the developing preseason action.
To start the list of top rookies off properly, only those who were ranked in the top-100 of my pre-draft big board were considered. The list was then narrowed down to 25 rooks using a numeric grading system based off six key categories. Those categories are as follows: measurables, film review, college production, buzz, early opportunity and overall fit.
The points from each of these are then added together for a total score, with a maximum of 50 possible points.
So, without wasting any more time, let’s get to the countdown of the top-25 rookies heading into Week 1.