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By: Doug Orth

Updated: 8/14/2021

Upside = Upside   Risk = Risk
Top 60 Rookies Overall
Chg Rk Pos Rk Player Tm Age
  1 RB1 Najee Harris PIT 23
  2 TE1 Kyle Pitts ATL 21
  3 WR1 Ja'Marr Chase CIN 21
Tier 2
  4 RB2 Travis Etienne JAC 22
  5 WR2 DeVonta Smith PHI 23
  6 QB1 Trevor Lawrence JAC 22
  7 QB2 Trey Lance SF 21
  8 WR3 Elijah Moore NYJ 21
  9 RB3 Javonte Williams DEN 21
  10 WR4 Jaylen Waddle MIA 23
  11 RB4 Trey Sermon SF 22
  12 QB3 Justin Fields CHI 22
  13 WR5 Rashod Bateman BAL 22
Tier 3
  14 QB4 Zach Wilson NYJ 22
  15 WR6 Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR 21
  16 RB5 Michael Carter NYJ 22
  17 WR7 Kadarius Toney NYG 22
  18 WR8 Rondale Moore ARI 21
  19 WR9 Josh Palmer LAC 22
  20 WR10 Amari Rodgers GB 22
  21 WR11 Dyami Brown WAS 22
  22 TE2 Jacob Harris LAR 25
Tier 4
  23 RB6 Kenneth Gainwell PHI 22
  24 WR12 Nico Collins HOU 22
  25 WR13 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET 22
  26 QB5 Mac Jones NE 23
  27 RB7 Rhamondre Stevenson NE 23
  28 TE3 Pat Freiermuth PIT 23
  29 WR14 D'Wayne Eskridge SEA 24
  30 RB8 Chuba Hubbard CAR 22
Tier 5
  31 RB9 Javian Hawkins ATL 24
  32 TE4 Brevin Jordan HOU 21
  33 WR15 Tylan Wallace BAL 22
  34 RB10 Elijah Mitchell SF 23
  35 RB11 Larry Rountree III LAC 25
  36 TE5 Hunter Long MIA 23
37 TE6 Kylen Granson IND 23
  38 WR16 Ihmir Smith-Marsette MIN 22
Tier 6
  39 WR17 Jaelon Darden TB 25
  40 RB12 Chris Evans CIN 24
  41 WR18 Frank Darby ATL 25
  42 WR19 Cornell Powell KC 24
43 TE7 Noah Gray KC 22
  44 TE8 Tre' McKitty LAC 25
  45 WR20 Dazz Newsome CHI 22
  46 TE9 Tommy Tremble CAR 21
47 RB13 Jake Funk LAR 24
Tier 7
  48 QB6 Kellen Mond MIN 22
  49 RB14 Khalil Herbert CHI 23
  50 RB15 Jermar Jefferson DET 21
  51 QB7 Davis Mills HOU 23
  52 RB16 Demetric Felton CLE 23
  53 WR21 Tutu Atwell LAR 24
54 RB17 Kene Nwangwu MIN 23
Tier 8
  55 RB18 Jaret Patterson WAS 22
  56 RB19 Kylin Hill GB 23
57 RB20 Gerrid Doaks MIA 25
  58 WR22 Shi Smith CAR 23
  59 WR23 Dez Fitzpatrick TEN 24
  60 WR24 Josh Imatorbhebhe JAC 23
  RB Najee Harris, PIT: Only real downside is age (23); should be a RB1 constant throughout his stay in Pittsburgh.

  TE Kyle Pitts, ATL: A 20-year-old likely to be a perennial high-end TE1 in two years or less? Yes please.

  WR Ja'Marr Chase, CIN: Considered one of the most dynamic WR prospects in at least 10 years.

  RB Travis Etienne, JAC: More than likely the next Urban Meyer Swiss army knife (Percy Harvin, Curtis Samuel).

  RB Javonte Williams, DEN: Youth and 2022 opportunity negated somewhat by likely short shelf live due to physcial running style.

  RB Trey Sermon, SF: Kyle Shanahan's constant churning of backfield a concern, but Sermon is a great fit for his offense.

  WR Rashod Bateman, BAL: Promise of more passing in Baltimore a positive, but crowded depth chart could limit his upside.

  RB Michael Carter, NYJ: Should emerge as starter quickly, but will size (201 pounds) keep his ceiling is a 1B back in an RBBC long-term?

  WR Josh Palmer, LAC: Likely to serve as Keenan Allen's long-term complement in likely Mike Williams moves on in 2022.

  RB Javian Hawkins, ATL: Likely too small at 180-ish pounds (and too much of a freelancer) to start, but very explosive in open field.

  RB Larry Rountree III, LAC: Has a fair chance of beating out Joshua Kelley for banger role alongside Austin Ekeler.

Doug Orth has written for FF Today since 2006 and been featured in USA Today’s Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He hosted USA Today’s hour-long, pre-kickoff fantasy football internet chat every Sunday in 2012-13 and appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, including Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive”. Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.