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NFL rookie rankings: Cowboys' Elliott atop list at midseason

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Now that we've hit the midpoint in the 2016 NFL season, Daniel Jeremiah revisits his rookie rankings and identifies the top 25 first-year pros in the league today.

NOTE: The ranking below reflects changes from Jeremiah's list at the quarter mark.

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1

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

2

Elliott has been the clear-cut top rookie during the first half of the season. He runs with patience, vision and power. He's also been excellent in the passing game, both receiving and blocking.

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2

Joey Bosa, DE, San Diego Chargers

NR

Though he missed four games, I'd give Bosa my vote for best defensive rookie. He's been outstanding. He is a polished pass rusher and a pain to block in the run game. He's already racked up four sacks and produced at least two quarterback hits in every game he's played.

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3

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

1

Prescott continues to play at a very high level. He protects the ball, plays with poise and has stepped up in crunch time. His ability to escape and extend plays is phenomenal, but I've been more impressed with his accuracy from the pocket.

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4

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

3

Wentz hasn't been quite as productive over the last few weeks as he was at the beginning of the season, but overall, he's done a nice job directing the Eagles' offense. He's extremely accurate, and he's shown the ability to create when the play breaks down.

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5

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars

1

Ramsey doesn't stuff the stat sheet, but he's more than held his own against the opposing top wide receiver on a weekly basis. He's physical in press coverage, and he's also been an aggressive run defender.

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6

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

4

Thomas has been the top rookie receiver through the first half of the season. He uses his big frame to wall off defenders, and he has strong, reliable hands. He leads all rookies with 42 catches.

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7

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

13

Hill is extremely explosive, and he's become a major factor in Andy Reid's offense. He's already hauled in four touchdown receptions, and he's also been productive in the return game. He reminds me of a faster Randall Cobb.

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8

Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars

2

Ngakoue has been a pleasant surprise for the Jaguars. He's already produced four sacks and numerous other quarterback pressures. He is outstanding with his hands, and his motor never stops.

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9

Cody Whitehair, C, Chicago Bears

Whitehair has quickly emerged as one of the top centers in the NFC. He has stabilized the position for the Bears and continues to improve each and every week.

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10

Jack Conklin, OT, Tennessee Titans

2

Conklin has been a rock at right tackle for the Titans. He generates a lot of movement in the run game, and he's held up fine in pass protection. He looks like a future Pro Bowler.

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11

Jatavis Brown, LB, San Diego Chargers

8

Brown leads all rookies with 54 tackles, and he's also racked up three sacks. He is a very explosive tackler, and his lack of size hasn't really been an issue. He is the perfect modern-day linebacker.

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12

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

11

Howard has really come on over the last few weeks. He looks every bit like a feature running back. His ability to make plays in the passing game has been a pleasant surprise.

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13

Laremy Tunsil, OG, Miami Dolphins

9

The Dolphins have been running the ball extremely well, and Tunsil deserves a lot of credit for their success. He is outstanding at the second level in the run game. He has adjusted very well to playing inside this fall after excelling at tackle while at Ole Miss.

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14

Deion Jones, MLB, Atlanta Falcons

6

Jones has been a very athletic playmaker for Atlanta. He has the speed to cover underneath, and his range against the run is extraordinary.

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15

Keanu Neal, S, Atlanta Falcons

2

Neal has added some much needed speed and athleticism to the Falcons' defense. He's currently second among all rookies with 49 tackles. He has shown the ability to mirror tight ends down the field.

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16

Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers

1

Henry has played a significant role in the Chargers' offense, and he's shown glimpses of Pro Bowl potential at the TE position. He's a smooth route runner, and he has a tremendous catch radius.

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17

Karl Joseph, S, Oakland Raiders

1

Joseph continues to improve and make his presence felt in the Raiders' secondary. He's delivered several big hits and he's also broken up six passes.

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18

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

11

Shepard has been a consistent contributor in the Giants' passing attack. He is a precise route runner, and he's very competitive at the catch point. He's currently second among all rookies with 31 receptions.

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19

DeForest Buckner, DE, San Francisco 49ers

6

Buckner has been a productive player in his first campaign, leading all rookie defensive linemen with 36 tackles and generating two sacks. There are times where he gets washed in the run game, but his overall play has been steady.

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20

Joe Thuney, OG, New England Patriots

6

Thuney has been one of the more consistent rookies this season. He plays under control and he's very assignment aware. He's started every game for the Patriots.

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21

Leonard Floyd, LB, Chicago Bears

NR

After a quiet start to the season, Floyd has begun to become a disruptive force for the Bears. He's currently third among rookies with 3.5 sacks.

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22

Su'a Cravens, LB, Washington Redskins

11

Cravens is ultra-instinctive and continues to make plays on the ball for the Redskins. He is reliable in coverage, but he's actually been at his best when he's attacking the line of scrimmage.

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23

Emmanuel Ogbah, OLB, Cleveland Browns

NR

Ogbah has outstanding tools, and he's getting more comfortable each and every week. He's collected three sacks, and he's using his length to keep blockers off his chest in the run game. He's still raw, but the light has come on, and it's fun to watch.

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24

Chris Jones, DT, Kansas City Chiefs

NR

Jones has really flashed in the games I've studied this fall. He is very explosive, and he looks like he could become an outstanding interior pass rusher.

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25

Blake Martinez, LB, Green Bay Packers

7

Martinez isn't flashy, but he's very instinctive and he's always in the right spot. He's racked up 40 tackles and also broken up four passes. He's been a steady all-around player in the middle of the Packers' defense.

Dropped out: Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans (previously No. 5); Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 21); Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans (No. 24); Cory James, LB, Oakland Raiders (No. 25).

Follow Daniel Jeremiah on Twitter @MoveTheSticks.

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