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NFL rookie rankings: Ezekiel Elliott reigns, Carson Wentz drops

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Now that we've hit the three-quarter mark of 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 midseason mark.

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1

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Elliott continues to lead the league in rushing with 1,285 yards, and he's been reliable in the passing game (28 catches for 322 yards and a score). He runs with speed, power and vision. He's in the discussion as the best back in football, and he's earned the right to be involved in the MVP conversation.

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2

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

1

Prescott is the biggest story of the 2016 NFL season. He's been special, and he took over the quarterback position from one of the top-10 signal-callers in the league in Tony Romo. Prescott continues to be very efficient and explosive, posting 8.31 yards per throw and a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 19:2.

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3

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

4

Hill is the most electric rookie in the 2016 draft class. He has ridiculous top speed and he's made plays in just about every game. He's a threat to score every time he touches the ball.

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4

Joey Bosa, DE, San Diego Chargers

2

Bosa has been consistently disruptive since he hit the field in Week 5 for the Chargers' defense. He is a technician with his hands and his motor never stops.

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5

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

1

Thomas has put up excellent numbers -- he leads all rookies in receptions (69), receiving yards (831) and touchdown catches (seven) -- and developed into one of Drew Brees' favorite targets. He understands how to set up defenders, and he's a weapon in the red zone. I love his toughness and competitiveness.

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Jack Conklin, OT, Tennessee Titans

4

Conklin has already emerged as one of the top right tackles in the NFL. He dominates in the run game, and he's been very reliable in pass protection. The Titans -- who rank third in the NFL with 141.5 rushing yards per game -- love to run the ball, and Conklin has been a key reason for their success.

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Keanu Neal, S, Atlanta Falcons

8

Neal flies around the field and makes a ton of plays, piling up 79 tackles and four forced fumbles -- both league-leading marks among rookies. He is instinctive, explosive and productive. The Falcons hit a home run with this selection.

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8

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars

3

Ramsey is ultra-competitive, and he's matched up with some of the top wideouts in the NFL. He has given up some plays, but he's always in position. He has shown the raw tools to develop into an elite cover man.

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9

Leonard Floyd, LB, Chicago Bears

12

Floyd continues to improve and show off his pass-rushing skills; he currently leads all rookies with seven sacks. Floyd's speed off the edge is a welcome addition to the Bears' defense.

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10

Noah Spence, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Bucs' defense has helped turn their season around, and Spence has been a key contributor, racking up 5.5 sacks and numerous pressures. His combination of speed/power is tough for opponents to handle.

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11

Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars

3

The 2-10 Jaguars have been a major disappointment in the AFC South, but they did hit on several rookies in their most recent draft class. Ngakoue is second among all rookies with six sacks. He has all the tools to be a double-digit sack artist on a yearly basis.

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12

Cody Whitehair, C, Chicago Bears

3

Whitehair, who has started all 12 games for the Bears, quickly established himself as one of the top interior linemen in the NFC. He plays with great leverage and instincts.

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13

Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers

3

Henry has been a very reliable pass catcher for Philip Rivers (27 catches on 39 targets for 385 yards and five touchdowns), and he should continue to see his role increase in coordinator Ken Whisenhunt's system. He has a great feel for setting up routes and creating separation down the field.

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14

Laremy Tunsil, OG, Miami Dolphins

1

Tunsil has missed some time due to injury, but when he's been on the field, he has helped lead a potent Miami ground game (111.5 yards per game, eighth-best in the NFL). He moves defenders at the point of attack, and he's athletic enough to pick off linebackers at the second level.

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15

Taylor Decker, OT, Detroit Lions

NR

One of the reasons for Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford's MVP-caliber season: much-improved offensive-line play. Decker has been rock solid at left tackle, looking like the Lions' long-term solution at the position.

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16

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

4

Howard is closing in on 1,000 rushing yards, and his physical running style has given the Bears an offensive identity. He also has been effective out of the backfield as a checkdown option for the quarterback.

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17

Deion Jones, MLB, Atlanta Falcons

3

Jones is one of the fastest linebackers in the league, and his range is very impressive on tape. He also has been an asset in coverage because of his ability to match up with running backs and tight ends.

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18

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

14

Wentz has struggled lately, posting a 60.3 percent completion rate, a TD-to-INT ratio of 3:8 and a passer rating of 67.5 over his past five games. But he still makes 8-to-10 impressive throws in every game. He needs to improve his mechanics and become a more consistent decision maker, but he still has enjoyed a solid rookie season.

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19

Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins

NR

Kelley is one of the biggest surprises of the rookie class, having emerged as a vital part of the Redskins' offense since making his first start in Week 8. He runs with excellent vision and power.

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20

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

2

Shepard has been a rock-solid addition to the Giants' offense. He understands how to work in the middle of the field, and he's a savvy route-runner. Shepard has made several huge plays for Eli Manning.

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21

Joe Thuney, OG, New England Patriots

1

I was a big fan of Thuney when he was at N.C. State, and he's been one of the best rookie blockers this season. He plays with excellent leverage and awareness, looking more like a five-year veteran than a mid-round rookie.

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22

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Buccaneers

NR

Hargreaves hasn't stuffed the stat sheet, but he's been very reliable in pass coverage and run support. He rarely gives up separation and can match up with the quickest wide receivers in the NFL.

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23

Su'a Cravens, ILB, Washington Redskins

1

Cravens is very smooth and athletic. He's excellent on passing downs where he can use his quickness and instincts to attack the quarterback or mirror tight ends.

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24

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

NR

Boyd has started to emerge, hauling in 15 passes over the last three weeks, and he's gained the confidence of quarterback Andy Dalton. His presence is needed, with A.J. Green injured.

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25

Chris Jones, DT, Kansas City Chiefs

1

Jones is a tough assignment for interior offensive linemen, given that he has the strength to overpower blockers and the quickness to shoot gaps and disrupt. He has been a nice addition to one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL.

Dropped out: Jatavis Brown, LB, San Diego Chargers (previously No. 11); Karl Joseph, S, Oakland Raiders (No. 17); DeForest Buckner, DE, San Francisco 49ers (No. 19); Emmanuel Ogbah, OLB, Cleveland Browns (No. 23); Blake Martinez, LB, Green Bay Packers (No. 25).

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