NFL Rookie Rankings: How Did This Year’s Class Stack Up?

January 7, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL regular season has concluded, and our attention is shifting toward the playoffs. For teams that missed out on the postseason fun, the offseason has arrived and some reflection is needed. The 2015 rookie class has a lot of positives to build off as teams prepare for next year.
We've been tracking the rookie class on a weekly basis throughout the season and ranking players based on their full-season performances. The mixture of statistics, playing time, production per snap and film work helped us throughout the way. Now that the season is over, we can make conclusions with a large sample size.
What happened in 2015 can be encouraging or concerning for each rookie based on how he played. But as careers progress, rookie seasons may not be fully predictive of what is next. Improvement is always needed, or the league will adjust to take away strengths and render the player less effective.
The 2015 class will also benefit from a full offseason heading into next year. Se...

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