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Early 2011 rookie rank list

Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 1:39 pm
 
Jamey Eisenberg and I will debut our Top 20 rookies for dynasty leagues on the site, but through the process of culminating that list I wound up ranking the 30 most prominent rookies just for 2011.

Now if you're like my boss, you'll say "How many rookies realistically make an impact in their first season?" The answer: Not many. But this year there are a healthy amount of running backs landing in situations where they'll at least split reps, a pair of receivers with really good potential, a slew of mediocre quarterbacks -- many of whom could end up starting before this season is over -- and two fairly non-descript tight ends.

The feeling I have is that we'll have a year where maybe five or six running backs make a decent impact along with one of the two elite receivers. I don't think any of the quarterbacks will be much to write home about, although I do think it will be a QB taken in Round 2 that ends up outproducing the QBs taken in Round 1.

Here's the list of rookies ranked solely for 2011:

Mark Ingram, RB, NO
Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
Julio Jones, WR, ATL
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
Roy Helu, RB, WAS
A.J. Green, WR, CIN
Cam Newton, QB, CAR
Jake Locker, QB, TEN
Christian Ponder, QB, MIN
Alex Henery, PK, PHI
Taiwan Jones, RB, OAK
Titus Young, WR, DET
Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
Leonard Hankerson, WR, WAS
Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
Rob Housler, TE, ARI
Jonathan Baldwin, WR, KC
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
Blaine Gabbert, QB, JAC
Delone Carter, RB, IND
Dion Lewis, RB, PHI
Shane Vereen, RB, NE
Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
Evan Royster, RB, WAS
Alex Green, RB, GB
Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN


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