NFL Rookie Rankings, Week 1

Here's a brand new weekly feature on Scout called Rookie Rankings that I will do after each NFL weekend. In week one, Marcus Mariota stole the show but there were a handful of other rookies that had outstanding week one performances.

1) Marcus Mariota (QB) Tennessee Titans

It's hard to remember a better opening debut performance than what Mariota did against the Bucs. The former Ducks quarterback played with poise and confidence in absolutely shredding Lovie Smith's ill-preprared defense. Mariota had a perfect passer rating after going 13/16 for 213 yards and four first half touchdowns. I look forward to seeing how he does this weekend against a real NFL defense in Cleveland.

2) Henry Anderson (DE) Indianapolis Colts

Anderson led the Colts in tackles with nine. That’s an outstanding effort from this former Stanford defensive end. Head coach Chuck Pagano said he can't remember a defensive lineman having nine tackles in a game since his Indy arrival in 2012. 

3) Marcus Peters (CB) Kansas City Chiefs

Peters had a nice first game and landed his first interception on the first play of the game. That kind of set the tone, in particular for the KC defensive unit. He also had seven tackles. Peterson was primarily matched up against Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. It wasn’t a perfect day, as he did concede a touchdown to Hopkins. Nonetheless, this kid from Washington played well.

4) Ronald Darby (CB)/ Karlos Williams (RB) Buffalo Bills

I am cheating here and picking two Bills, as they each made splash plays for Rex Ryan on both sides of the ball in their huge win over the Colts. What a nice start for Williams, who scored on a 26 yard touchdown run on his first carry. He finished with 55 yards on only six carries. Darby had a nice first outing against Andrew Luck and the high flying Colts. He’s a cornerback and part of the unit that had a great day in shutting down Indy. He did give up five receptions for 42 yards but also had a pick and pass break up.

5) Ameer Abdullah (RB) Detroit Lions

Abdullah had a ton of preseasn hype and he lived up to it in the Lions opener out West in San Diego. He finished with 199 all-purpose yards, including 50 yards on the ground and 44 through the air. The second round draft pick from Nebraska also scored on his second career rush from 24-yards out. Abdullah also averaged 35 yards on three kick returns.

6) Tyler Lockett (WR) Seattle Seahawks

Lockett had one monster play in their opening game loss at St. Louis, returning a punt for a touchdown. Lockett also had four receptions for 34 yards. This former Kansas State star has a chance to be a key cog for Pete Carroll's team moving forward.

7) Carl Davis (DT) Baltimore Ravens

Davis played very well in the absence of the injured Timmy Jernigan. He finished with three tackles and batted down a pass. Davis was a big part of the front seven that stuffed the Broncos run game. 

8) Jordan Phillips (DT) Miami Dolphins

This former Sooner had an exceptional game and earned his first sack as a pro. He penetrated and disrupted and looks to be another outstanding addition up front.  It's awfully early but Phillips could be a second round steal.

9) Damarious Randall (DB) Green Bay Packers

Randall got 61 snaps in the Packers secondary in a few different spot and did well, not allowing a reception on five targets. He also finished with eight tackles.

10) Rob Havenstein / Jamon Brown (OLs) St. Louis Rams

Haventein is second-round pick from Wisconsin who tarted at right tackle and played all 60 snaps on offense. According to, he allowed two quarterback hits and one quarterback hurry. A third-round pick from Louisville, Brown started at left guard and played in 53 of 60 offensive snaps — missing part of a first-half scoring drive because of a facemask issue. He surrendered two quarterback hurries, according to Rams only allowed two sacks against a good Seahawks defense and only one against the Seahawks’ defensive line.


Angelo Blackson (DL) Tennessee TitansAlvin Dupree (OLB) Pittsburgh SteelersDavid Andrews (C) New England PatriotsT.J. Clemmings (OT) Minnesota VikingsT.J. Yeldon (RB) Jacksonville Jaguars, (WR) Rashad Greene (WR) Jacksonville JaguarsLeonard Williams (DL) NY JetsTevin Coleman (RB) Atlanta FalconsHau'oli Kikaha (OLB) New Orleans SaintsStephone Anthony (LB) New Orleans SaintsRandy Gregory (DE) Dallas CowboysMitch Morse (C) Kansas City Chiefs

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