Kyler Murray – ARZ (1st round)
Up against what many consider to be the top defense in the NFC, Murray played a solid and efficient game. He finished with a 17/24 – 241 passing line with 2 touchdowns He also added 34 yards on the ground. Murray is making better decisions and has been making highlight-reel caliber throws with a sign of progression and more confidence.
Devin Singletary – BUF (3rd round)
After a hot start, Singletary missed 3 games and totaled 75 yards over 2 games after coming back. He found his mojo against WAS, going for 95 yards on the ground and 45 yards in the air. It was a season high 23 touches for the young and shifty back who may be the weapon this team needs the most as they aim for the playoffs.
DK Metcalf – SEA (2nd round)
The talent is starting to mature for Metcalf, as he caught 6 passes / 123 yards / 1 touchdown. He also was the go-to guy on plays that led to the 2 biggest scores of the game for SEA.
Preston Williams – MIA (UDFA)
Williams caught 5 balls for 72 yards, 2 of which went for touchdowns in MIA’s win over NYJ. He looked twitchy and physical with almost no hesitation. The talent has been oozing off Williams from day one, but a few mental hiccups and drops have impeded his potential a bit. This was the fastest I’ve seen him play all year but he unfortunately suffered a knee injury which will sideline him the rest of the year. But MIA can go into 2020 knowing they have something here.
Noah Fant – DEN (1st round)
Fant’s big play potential is something to keep an eye one. It was the biggest reason why DEN spent a first round pick on him and the 75-yard touchdown vs CLE put that ability on full display. He broke a tackle via an aggressive lowering of his shoulder where the CLE safety bounced off him then proceeded to outrun the remaining CLE defensive backs. There is more physical toughness to this kid than most know.
Tytus Howard – HOU (1st round)
After missing some time with a knee injury and being questionable all week, Howard responded with one of his best performances of his season in London against a very underrated yet dangerous pass rush.
Andre Dillard – PHI (1st round)
It wasn’t the ideal start to Dillard’s career as a starter, but after a couple weeks the comfortable and balanced athlete started to re-appear what we saw in the scouting process. He has adjusted his post-snap approach a bit and while the lack of power did show up a couple times against CHI, he rebounded and recovered exceptionally well.
Dalton Risner – DEN (2nd round)
Denver controlled the point of attack for the majority of the game against a solid CLE defensive front. Risner was exceptional in pass protection and it is amazing to see how often he makes a key block on the biggest DEN runs week after week.
Max Scharping – HOU (2nd round)
Scharping has playing so well that you rarely notice he’s in, one of the greatest compliments you can give a lineman. He doesn’t get flagged, he doesn’t allow sacks or tackles for loss, and he played plenty physical enough against the JAX defensive front that has been pushing teams around all year.
Garrett Bradbury – MIN (1st round)
Bradbury was the only rookie center of the week so he kind of won this by default. His power game against the KC defensive front was lacking and it caused issues as Kirk Cousins sat in the pocket. His zone blocking has been stellar and he looked really comfortable at the second level.
Montez Sweat – WAS (1st round)
Sweat is getting more and more active against the run, showing stoutness and range. He finished with 3 tackles and a sack in a loss against BUF. He is not just a 2-down threat.
Malik Reed – DEN (UDFA)
Reed finished with a productive game in his part-time role, finishing with 3 tackles / 1 TFL / 1 PD in just over 50% of the snaps. Despite being undersized, Reed plays strong and recoils well after initial contact. He forced the action back inside a couple times, showing awareness and assignment-knowledge against CLE.
Christian Wilkins – MIA (1st round)
Something is happening in MIA that revolves around culture change and Wilkins is in the middle of it. His energy is contagious and elevating those around him just as we saw at Clemson. He finished with 5 tackles / 1 sack / 2 TFL / 1 pressures against the hapless Jets.
Khalen Saunders – KC (3rd round)
For the second week in a row, Saunders was a handful for the opposition and it has been a godsend for the banged up KC defense. He had 3 tackles / 1 TFL / 1 PD in addition to a lot of dirty work, then helped contain Dalvin Cook and the MIN rnnning game.
Devin White – TB (1st round)
It hasn’t been the ideal start to White’s career as he missed time with a knee injury, but with each week we are seeing more and more burst and confidence. He played his best game to date with a 12 tackle / .5 sack / 2 pressure performance. He also forced 2 fumbles, one of which TB converted for a turnover.
Mack Wilson – CLE (5th round)
Wilson has quietly been off to a solid start for the CLE defense but it has gotten lost in the drama-full situation the team is going through. He had 5 tackles / 1 sack / 2 TFL / 1 PD in their loss at DEN, showing physical and fast play.
Marvell Tell III – IND (5th round)
The former USC safety has made the move to corner because of an impressive tool set and he has been playing better week by week. He has 4 tackles and a pass breakup, showing savvy use of his length and stride speed.
Trayvon Mullen – OAK (2nd round)
With the trade of Gareon Conley to HOU, a door has opened for Mullen and he has strongly taken advantage of it. He is playing smart and physical in his new starting role as OAK makes their run for the playoffs. The biggest difference in this team from 2018 is the play of the secondary and Mullen is a huge part of that.
Darnell Savage – GB (1st round)
It was an ugly loss for GB but the play of their spark plug safety continues to impress. Savage finished with 6 tackles and was excellent in deep coverage against the passing attack of Phillip Rivers and company.
Juan Thornhill – KC (2nd round)
The MIN passing attack has been as dangerous as any in the league over the past 6 weeks but the KC defense, led by Thornhill, did a great job of shutting down the deep passing game. He finished with 4 tackles, 2 of which were solo in space against the elusive Dalvin Cook and we all know how that could have turned out had he missed.