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All-Rookie Team - WEEK 15

Dave Syvertsen, Senior Draft Analyst
10/30/2023 4:16PM ET


Dwayne Haskins – WAS (1st round)

With his college coach on hand watching at FedEx Field, Haskins nearly pulled off the divisional upset against PHI.  He went 19/28 for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns.


Miles Sanders – PHI (2nd round)

With PHI reaching the win-or-bust stage of their season, it was Sanders who stepped up among an otherwise beat up and underwhelming offense.  He had 122 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown in addition to another 50 yards on 6 catches with another score on a broken play where he was found in the corner of the end zone in traffic.

WR (2)

AJ Brown – TEN (1st round)

Brown has remained red hot and is undoubtedly the team’s top weapon in the passing game.  He finished with 114 yards on 8 catches and a touchdown, his 7th of the year.  He led the team with 13 targets.

Terry McLaurin – WAS (3rd round)

The Ohio State connection is strong and getting stronger.  McLaurin finished with a line of 5 / 130 / 1 including a 75-yard touchdown against division rival PHI.


Irv Smith – MIN (2nd round)

Smith only had 2 catches on the day but one of them was the first score of the game.  The MIN ground game was consistent with a variety of backs getting involved and his presence in the trenches is more than good enough.  He has the potential to be a very important piece down the stretch and into January.

OT (2)

Jawaan Taylor – JAX (2nd round)

The Raiders young edge rushers have been wrecking games over the second half of the year but Taylor was able to keep his side quiet for the most part and was especially solid in the second half.

Kalen McGary – ATL (1st round)

One of the most overlooked reasons for ATL pulling off the last second upset in SF was the quality play in the trenches.  McGary’s twitch and aggression was on full display.

OG (2)

Chris Lindstrom – ATL (1st round)

Lindstrom is back from injury and the way he played against the SF defensive line leaves many to wonder what could have been in 2019 had he been able to stay on the field.  His quickness and power were dominant at times.

Elgton Jenkins – GB (2nd round)

When tough yards are needed, watch who this offense routinely runs behind.  Jenkins has been getting so much movement off the ball that it is almost a guarantee to get positive yards behind him.  In addition, Jenkins has yet to allow a sack.


Erik McCoy – NO (1st round)

McCoy began the 2019 season as a stout run blocker that struggled with lateral movement in pass protection.  He has since cleaned it up and now has a trajectory of being one of the top centers in football because he just keeps getting better.  McCoy was dominant on all levels in their win over IND Monday night.

EDGE (2)

Nick Bosa – SF (1st round)

Bosa has had better games but he is still an effective and impactful player on these weeks.  He had 3 tackles / 1 sack / 2 QB hits and a pass break up.

Rashan Gary – GB (1st round)

It has been a quiet if not disappointing year for Gary but it hasn’t hurt the team badly as the starting edge defenders in GB have been arguably the top pair in football.  Gary’s 3 tackle / 1 sack  / 1 pressure performance could be a sign of things to come in the playoffs, a possible asset that puts this defense over the edge.

DT (2)

Jeffrey Simmons – TEN (1st round)

We have discussed Simmons and his late addition to the TEN defensive line and the presence he provides.  Simmons is starting to look like the most attention-needy defender up front for TEN.  He finished with 3 tackles / 1 PD against HOU.

Jerry Tillery – LAC (1st round)

Tillery has flashed a few times this season but the amount if disruption he showed in Week 15 along with his 3 tackle / 1 TFL showed he is ready for full time duty and will head into the offseason on the right foot.

LB (2)

Mack Wilson – CLE (3rd round)

The CLE defense was embarrassed in ARZ but Wilson was the bright spot as he finished with 7 tackles / 1 INT / 1 pass break up.  His speed and power are every down weapons.

Jahlani Tavai – DET (2nd round)

Tavai is among the rookie leaders in snaps played in 2019 and he has been improving each month.  It has been a tough year for DET but he appears to be a piece of the solution.  He finished with 5 tackles / 1 INT / 1 QB hit.

CB (2)

Trayvon Mullen – OAK (2nd round)

Mullen’s play over the past 2 months has to get OAK, normally starving for CB talent, excited for the future.  He has 3 pass break ups and 7 tackles in their loss to JAX.  Mullen’s top tier instincts and balance along with his frame make him an ideal fit for the position.

Deandre Baker – NYG (1st round)

After a nightmare start to his season, Baker has turned in a few quality games in a row and his top game may have been against MIA.  He had 6 tackles / 2 PD while only being targeted 3 times.

S (2)

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – NO (4th round)

8 Tackles / 2 TFL / 1 PD from CGJ as he continues to play with more and more confidence and assurance as time passes.  He has been an every down threat that times his blitzes and reacts as fast as anyone on that defense.

Julian Love – NYG (4th round)

Love’s transition to safety kept him off the field for the first half of the season but with each week he gets more playing time and it equals more production.  He finished with 5 tackles / 2 TFL / 1 pressure / 1 PD from a role that has him all over the field.