Name: Jabaal Sheard
Team: Cleveland Browns
Drafted: Round 2, Pick 37
2011 Stats: 29 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries
Sheard has the 11th most tackles on the season with 29 and is tied for second in forced fumbles with two. His best game of the season came against Oakland in Week 6, when he had four tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.
Name: J.J. Watt
Team: Houston Texans
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 11
2011 Stats: 32 tackles, 2.5 sacks
Watt, a 6'5" linebacker from Wisconsin, currently ranks eighth amongst rookies with 32 tackles on the season.
Name: Marcus Gilchrist
Team: San Diego Chargers
Drafted: Round 2, Pick 50
2011 Stats: 25 tackles, 1 interception
Gilchrist ranks second amongst cornerbacks for tackles on the season with 25 tackles and has been a solid addition to San Diego's secondary. While his performance and playing time have been slightly inconsistent, he had a six tackle, one interception performance against Miami in Week 4.
Name: Chris Conte
Team: Chicago Bears
Drafted: Round 3, Pick 93
Position: Strong safety
2011 Stats: 15 tackles, 1 interception
Conte's numbers do not leap out at you—his 15 tackles rank just 30th in the league amongst rookies—but what does give Conte a boost is the trust his team has in the young strong safety.
Chicago released former Pro Bowl-safety Chris Harris earlier this season, and even with Brandon Meriweather still onboard for the Bears, Conte is getting the starting nod. His best performance so far this season was a Week 6 outing against the Vikings where he had six tackles.