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Week 17 Rookie Of The Year Rankings

Aaron Donald has been the most dominant defensive rookie in the NFL.

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The most comprehensive set of weekly power rankings anywhere on the web now moves to the rookies, as we look at our top offensive and defensive first-year players.

Offensive Rookie Power Rankings

1. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants

Odell Beckham might be the best receiver not named Dez Bryant in the NFL. He’s seriously been the best player in the NFL over the past month and he continues to amaze every single week. Against a Rams defense that was playing tremendous football, Beckham caught eight passes for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He has 79 receptions for 1,120 yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing all of preseason and the first four games of the regular season.

2. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin seem like interchangeable pieces, but we give the nod to Evans due to the fact he’s played with significantly less talent at quarterback. Evans is putting together a great season with 63 catches for 997 yards and he’s tied with OBJ for the rookie lead with 11 touchdowns.

3. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers

Kelvin Benjamin has more pressure on him than any other rookie receiver as he’s the No. 1 guy and has been since the beginning of the season. Unlike Beckham and Evans, Benjamin is playing in meaningful games as the Panthers are a victory away from an NFC South title. Benjamin has 72 catches for 999 yards with nine touchdowns.

Defensive Rookie Power Rankings

1. Aaron Donald, St. Louis Rams

Aaron Donald had a tough game on Sunday against the Giants, but his overall body work is that of the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year. Donald leads all rookies in sacks and is fifth in sacks among all defensive tackles.

2. C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens

C.J. Mosley is putting up solid tackle numbers as he leads all rookies with 126 stops, which also ranks him seventh in the NFL. Add in Mosley’s 10 passes defensed, three sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble and it’s easy to see why he’s already a leader on the Ravens defense.

3. Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings

Anthony Barr is part of an exciting young Vikings team and he’s filled up the stat sheet all season long. Barr has 70 tackles, four sacks, three fumble recoveries, a pair of forced fumbles and an overtime touchdown. It’s safe to say that the Vikings aren’t regretting drafting the former UCLA star.

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.

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