NFL.com ranks Buffalo Bills rookies tops in AFC East, average nationally
The Buffalo Bills undoubtedly had big contributions from their rookies in 2017, but stacked against the competition, NFL.com thinks the Bills’ rookies were pretty average.
The contributions of Buffalo’s rookies helped snap a 17-year playoff drought with a 9-7 record. The rookie class was led by cornerback Tre’Davious White, who was named Pro Football Focus’ Rookie of the Year, however, White finished behind New Orleans’ cornerback Marshon Lattimore in several other votes.
Along with White, Buffalo’s class included second-round picks Zay Jones and Dion Dawkins, fifth-round picks Matt Milano and Nathan Peterman, and Tanner Vallejo, a sixth-round pick.
As a class, NFL.com’s Nick Shook rated Buffalo’s 2017 rookies the best among the four teams in the AFC East. Shook gave Buffalo a B, ahead of rookies on the Miami Dolphins (C), New England Patriots (B-), and New York Jets (C-).
But overall, Buffalo’s 2017 class did not overly impress NFL.com. In total, 10 other teams were awarded better grades. Here are those teams, along with notable rookies:
New Orleans Saints (A+): CB Marshon Lattimore, RB Alvin Kamara.
Kansas City Chiefs (A-): QB Patrick Mahomes, RB Kareem Hunt.
San Francisco 49ers (A): DE Solomon Thomas.
Los Angeles Chargers (B+): WR Mike Williams, CB Desmond King.
Los Angeles Rams (B+): WR Cooper Kupp.
Houston Texans (B+) QB Deshaun Watson
Jacksonville Jaguars (B+): RB Leonard Fournette, OT Cam Robinson.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (B+): TE OJ Howard.
New York Giants (B+): TE Evan Engram.
Cleveland Browns (B+): Myles Garrett, S Jabrill Peppers.