ESPN's draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has released a list of the Top-20 rookies so far this season in the NFL. Two former Florida State players, Jameis Winston (No. 4) and Ronald Darby (No. 7), made the Top-10. Washington was the only other school with two former players, Marcus Peters (No. 1) and Danny Shelton (No. 10), inside the Top-10.
Kiper had this to say about Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, who was selected with the first overall pick in the draft:
"Sure, he gets a little bump on positional value, but after a really bad start, Winston has been pretty good in six of eight NFL quarters so far. His play on Sunday in the Superdome was really impressive. He'll have his ups and downs, especially as the Bucs get their offensive line worked out, but the talent is there, and more consistent results will follow."
Ronald Darby was drafted in the second round by the Buffalo Bills. Darby has been excellent through the first two games and is tied for the team lead in pass breakups and interceptions. Kiper had this to say about the Buffalo corner:
"The talent far surpasses the draft slot, and Darby could prove to be a steal if he takes care of business off the field. An immediate starter, Darby is clearly a player coach Rex Ryan believes can be a stud. He's being challenged early."