2018 NFL rookie rankings: Top 25 newcomers entering Week 1 – NFL.com

With the 2018 regular season set to kick off on Thursday, former pro scout Daniel Jeremiah has reviewed his notes from the most meaningful preseason snaps and training camp to rank the top 25 rookies in the NFL today.

Saquon Barkley
Barkley barely played in the preseason (six total snaps), but he showed his talent on his very first carry. He will be a home run hitter for the Giants this fall. Derwin James
James was all over the field during the preseason. He can match up with tight ends in the passing game and he’s an enforcer against the run. Bradley Chubb
I still can’t believe Chubb fell to the Broncos with the fifth pick of the draft. He’s already shown glimpses of dominance as a point-of-attack run defender and pass rusher. Josh Jackson
Jackson has continued to do what he did in college at Iowa: locate the football and make plays. His instincts are outstanding. Baker Mayfield
Mayfield was extremely accurate and his pocket presence jumped off the screen during the preseason. He won’t begin the season as the Browns‘ starter, but I imagine we’ll see him inserted into the lineup before the season is over. Quenton Nelson
Nelson can move people in the run game and he has the anchor to hold up versus power rushers. He should quickly emerge as one of the NFL’s best interior

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