Kyler Murray – ARZ (1st round)
A week after their first win, Murray came out hot with his top performance of the season. He went 27/37 – 340 yards – 3 TD / 0 INT and added another 32 yards on the ground. Murray is completing passes to every level and even though the consistency of his mechanics have a ways to go, he and the entire ARZ offense are looking more and more comfortable each week.
Benny Snell – PIT (4th round)
With the entire approach of the PIT offense altering due to the injuries of their first and second string quarterbacks, the importance of the running game sky rocketed. James Conner still carried the ball 16 times and caught 7 passes but it was Snell who added the extra pair of fresh legs to keep the chains moving. He had 17 carries for 75 yards and a reception for another 14 yards in the first game. The team could have overloaded Conner but the fact that Snell could be depended on in a must-have road game against a stingy defense keeps Conner fresh moving forward and adds another dynamic to an offense that is searching for answers.
Terry McLaurin – WAS (3rd round)
Not only is McLaurin surprising those in WAS with his hot start, but after his 4 rec / 100 yard / 2 TD performance against Miami, he now sits tied for 2nd in the NFL in touchdown catches and 4th in the NFL in yards per catch among receivers with over 15 receptions. The route running and body control when attacking the ball look top notch.
DK Metcalf – SEA (2nd round)
Number one on that yards-per-catch list among receivers with over 15 receptions is Metcalf. He finished week 6 with 69 yards on 4 catches, which actually brought DOWN is average. The vertical threat he brings to the SEA offense is real and defenses are certainly altering their approach when he is on the field.
TJ Hockenson – DET (1st round)
It was a quiet week for the rookie tight ends, but Hockenson had 4 rec / 21 yards which won't raise a lot of eyebrows but his blocking against a powerful and stout front seven was noteworthy. He gets quality initial contact and stays on his man.
Chuma Edoga - NYJ (3rd round)
In his second career start, Edoga showed massive improvement in the Jets top OL showing of the year. He shut down one of the most dangerous defensive ends in football, Demarcus Lawrence, allowing no sacks or pressures. The Jets OL has been a disaster in 2019 but with Sam Darnold back, it will be vital for them to keep this level of play up.
Tytus Howard – HOU (1st round)
Howard is starting to settle in, as is the entire HOU offensive line. On a team that used to be wrecked by poor OL play, Howard was part of a group that allowed no sacks vs KC and he was especially effective in the running game which enabled HOU to control the clock in the second half, keeping Patrick Mahomes and company off the field.
Dalton Risner – DEN (2nd round)
It wasn’t an overly impressive day on the ground for DEN, but they got the tough yards when needed and this offense is running behind Risner in those situations. He continued to show every-down strength against a stingy TEN defense.
Max Scharping – HOU (2nd round)
Scharping is the other rookie on this offensive line that is in the process of taking a former weakness and turning it into a legitimate strength for the surging Texans. His power game leaves something to be desired, but he did a nice job of sticking to his man and playing the game with his feet.
Garrett Bradbury – MIN (1st round)
Look out, the MIN offense is surging and if they keep this up with the caliber defense MIN puts out under Mike Zimmer, they may be the class of the NFC in 2019. Bradbury has been a godsend at OC with his range as a run blocker and ability to provide inside help in the passing game. His versatility was on full display against PHI.
Kyle Phillips – NYJ (UDFA)
Phillips has been playing a hybrid DT/DE role for NYJ but his greatest impact has been coming from the outside. He has put together a couple of impressive performances together, including a 7 tackle / 1.5 TFL / 1 QB hit line in their win over DAL. He did all of this while playing just 50% of the defensive snaps.
Josh Allen – JAX (1st round)
Allen had 2 tackles along with 1 sack and a QB hit against the top offensive tackle duo in the NFL. While he did get served several times, he impressed with his consistency snap to snap when it comes to trusting technique and playing through the whistle. Jones has 4 sacks in his first 6 games.
Quinnen Williams – NYJ (1st round)
In his second game back from an ankle injury, Williams stepped up when it mattered most with a huge 4th and 1 tackle for loss on DAL QB Dak Prescott. Williams was disruptive for most of the game, finishing with 6 tackles, and made an even bigger impact than that.
Greg Gaines – LAR (5th round)
LAR got outplayed on every level at home against SF but the lone bright spot was their run defense against a team that runs the ball as well as anyone. Gaines had 4 tackles and provided stout play-to-play effectiveness when it comes to getting the attention of opposing blockers and maintaining gap integrity.
Devin Bush – PIT (1st round)
Maybe we should just engrave Bush’s name into this spot each week from here on out. He has been, without question, the top rookie in this class all year and Sunday night was no different. He led the team with 7 tackles and was an integral part of PIT’s early domination. He recovered a fumble for a touchdown and then intercepted a pass on the very next possession.
Devin White – TB (1st round)
It was a solid first game back for White, who missed 3+ games with a knee injury. He finished with 9 tackles, one of which was for a loss. His speed and burst appeared to be back to true form and I expect to see his name on this team more and more in the coming weeks.
Byron Murphy – ARZ (2nd round)
Murphy is quietly creeping his way up the NFL’s corner ranking list week by week. He finished with 6 tackles / 1 TFL / 1 PD in ARZ’s win over ATL. His instincts and reaction times look veteran-level right now as his confidence appears to be increasing every game.
Lonnie Johnson – HOU (2nd round)
KC got off to a quick 10-0 start but the defense really settled in despite several downfield attempts by the Mahomes/Reid air attack. Johnson, who is already wearing several hats for the HOU secondary, was a huge part of keeping TE Travis Kelce contained. His size and speed along with top tier playing strength showed up several times.
Juan Thornhill – KC (2nd round)
Four tackles and an interception for Thornhill, who is one of the lone bright spots on this inconsistent defense. His deep range and catch up speed helped prevent a couple of big plays against HOU’s dangerous passing game.
Will Harris – DET (3rd round)
While playing just under 50% of the team’s defensive snaps, Harris finished with 6 tackles and also made an impact on special teams. He was inserted on multiple packages and was especially effective in man coverage.