2019 NFL rookie rankings: Top 25 newcomers entering Week 1

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With the 2019 regular season set to swing into full gear, former pro scout Daniel Jeremiah has reviewed his notes from August and consulted with sources around the league to rank the top 25 rookies in the NFL today. This is NOT a projection, and the list is likely to change dramatically in the next installment a month from now, when there's significant regular-season game tape to review.

1
Daniel Jones
QB
Giants

Jones was the most impressive rookie in the preseason, completing 29-of-34 passes (85.3%) for 416 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He showed tremendous poise and accuracy. He starts out in the top spot, but he'll have a hard time staying here because he's slated for backup duty behind Eli Manning.

2
Josh Allen
Edge
Jaguars

Allen used his quickness and agility to create negative plays versus both the run and pass. He still needs to add strength, but he was impressive in the preseason.

3
Devin Bush
LB
Steelers

Bush showcased elite range and instincts. He should emerge as a Pro Bowl-caliber player during his rookie season.

4
Brian Burns
Edge
Panthers

Burns just has a knack for getting to the quarterback. He didn't have a bunch of clean/early sacks in the preseason, but he won with effort and instincts.

5
Christian Wilkins
DT
Dolphins

Wilkins was disruptive on tape and looks poised to have a strong year for a very bad Dolphins team.

6
Kyler Murray
QB
Cardinals

Murray was up and down in the preseason (23-of-36 for 193 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions) while running a vanilla version of Kliff Kingsbury's offense. However, he still showed enough promise to excite everyone in the Cardinals organization.

7
Devin White
LB
Buccaneers

White was a little more physical than I expected in the preseason and his speed/range was very impressive.

8
Quinnen Williams
DT
Jets

Williams is still learning the finer points of the position, but his raw power and explosiveness stood out in August.

9
Josh Jacobs
RB
Raiders

Jacobs didn't get a lot of work (four total touches) in the preseason, but he showed why he was selected in the first round. He has outstanding vision, balance and strength.

10
Tony Pollard
RB
Cowboys

Pollard only ran the ball 139 times in his three seasons at Memphis, but he looked very natural and explosive in the preseason, rushing 15 times for 84 yards (5.6 yards per carry). He will serve as a nice complementary piece in this Dallas backfield.

11
Johnathan Abram
S
Raiders

Abram flew around in the preseason and showed the same physicality we witnessed during his time at Mississippi State.

12
Drue Tranquill
LB
Chargers

Tranquill won't start for the Chargers, but he gave them a glimpse of their future with his outstanding preseason play. He was very fluid and smooth in coverage and he has excellent range in the run game.

13
Montez Sweat
OLB
Redskins

Sweat looked as advertised in the preseason. He has an explosive first step as a pass rusher and can close from the back side in a hurry versus the run.

14
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
WR
Eagles

The Eagles have a plethora of weapons in the passing game, but Arcega-Whiteside is still going to make an immediate impact. He gets in and out of breaks very efficiently for such a big (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) wideout.

15
KeeSean Johnson
WR
Cardinals

Johnson, the last of three wide receivers selected by the Cardinals in this year's draft, was the best of the team's rookie pass-catchers this preseason. The fifth-round pick has been a fluid route runner and understands how to set up defenders.

16
T.J. Hockenson
TE
Lions

Hockenson was targeted just six times in the preseason, but he made the most out of his opportunities (four grabs for 74 yards). He can stretch the field in the passing game and he's been more than solid in the run game.

17
Jakobi Meyers
WR
Patriots

Meyers, who signed with New England as an undrafted free agent, was one of the biggest surprises of the preseason, leading the league with 253 receiving yards. He's a very polished route runner and displays natural hands.

18
Jarrett Stidham
QB
Patriots

Stidham played well enough in the preseason to beat out veteran Brian Hoyer for the backup job behind Tom Brady. He really cleaned up some of the sloppiness in his footwork from his last year at Auburn.

19
Mecole Hardman
WR
Chiefs

Hardman's speed jumped off the tape, which isn't a shock considering he ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He's going to be a fun toy in Andy Reid's offense.

20
Chase Winovich
DL
Patriots

Winovich showed powerful hands in the run game to stack and shed blocks. He also proved to be very slippery on the edge as a pass rusher, recording 2.5 sacks.

21
Garrett Bradbury
C
Vikings

Bradbury was one of my favorite players in the 2019 draft and he didn't disappoint last month. He is ultra-quick working laterally and up to the second level in the run game.

22
Jerry Tillery
DT
Chargers

Tillery showed promise as a pass rusher with a quick slap/swim move against the Saints in the second preseason game. He was also able to make plays on the back side in the run game due to his quickness and effort.

23
Oshane Ximines
OLB
Giants

Ximines can play a little too high at times, but I love the way he uses his hands as a pass rusher. He should emerge as a key member of the defense this fall.

24
Dwayne Haskins
QB
Redskins

I thought Haskins got better every week in the preseason. He made some big-time throws down the field and should take over the starting role from Case Keenum sooner rather than later.

25
Cody Barton
LB
Seahawks

Barton, a third-round pick, stood out because of his ability to run and cover in the passing game. The Seahawks continue to impress with their ability to scout the linebacker position.

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