There is always a lot of excitement in the NFL after the draft. There are high hopes for newcomers and fans are optimistic that their favorite team has filled in a few gaps with promising young players. It’s not that easy, of course. Some beginners get injured. Some beginners will find it difficult once they enter the field. And some rookies won’t even be good enough to get playing time in their first year.
On the other hand, some become powerful players as rookies, and some even exceed the expectations set on draft day.
Below is Aaron Schatz from Football outsiders and Alex Wigderman from Sports Information Solutions take a look at all 32 NFL rookie classes and evaluate their contribution in 2022. This list is based only on how many production teams received from these players in their first season. Injured rookies like Jameson Williams and Fidarian Mathis can make a big difference in the future, but in 2022, these players didn’t matter much.
To rank the rookie classes, we started with the Sports Info Solutions total points score. Based on the game graph, the score total takes into account each element of the game and uses all of that data to score each player on a scale that allows you to compare positions: how many points do we evaluate that this player either earned for their offense or saved to defend them? You can More about this here. We then adjusted some teams up or down based on the importance of certain positions or how well the players did on the Sportzshala and Football Outsiders DVOA tracking metrics.
Our list is topped by a team that had very low expectations ahead of the 2022 season but unexpectedly made the playoffs thanks in large part to the performance of their rookie class.
Go to command:
ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN
CLE | VALLEY | | TO | GB | HOW | AT
JAX | CS | LV | LAC | LAR | MIA | MY
northeast | NO | New York | New York | FI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | VS