Top Three Rookies Entering Week 14

A few weeks ago, I listed what I felt were the top five rookies in the NFL up to that point. Seven weeks later, I've decided to revisit the topic and see what may have changed. So, below are my top three Rookies of the Year heading into week 14.

1. CJ Stroud, Quarterback, Houston Texans

Stroud was ranked second on my list last time and has undoubtedly leaped to the number one spot. Stroud has revived the Texans franchise into one of optimism for the future. The current leader in passing yards with 3,540, Stroud has exceeded all expectations this year. His impeccable leadership has garnered significant respect throughout his locker room, and his play has only reinforced that. One of his more impressive feats is how little he has turned the ball over thus far. His five interceptions have him tied with Lamar Jackson for the lowest in the league for passers who have started at least ten games. However, what reflects his impact the most is the overall team success of the Texans. Houston was 3-13-1 last year and is currently sitting at 7-5, bolstering more than double the wins compared to a year ago. This drastic change isn't solely on Stroud, but his play speaks for itself, especially his 20 passing touchdowns, which is good enough for 6th league-wide. 

2. Puka Nacua, Wide Receiver, Los Angeles Rams

Nacua has cooled off lately, having only gone for over 50 yards twice in his past five games. Still, he is ranked seventh in receiving yards with 1029 and has dealt with a tumultuous supporting cast due to injuries. Quarterback Matt Stafford hasn't been himself this year, mainly due to injuries, and running mate Cooper Kupp has been in and out of the lineup due to injuries as well. Regardless, Nacua has made it work; he leads all rookies in receiving yards and is 6th in touchdowns with four. 

3. Tank Dell, Wide Receiver, Houston Texans

Unfortunately, Dell's season has been cut short due to an ankle injury this past weekend. However, his performance thus far this season warrants a mention on this list. Dell has been a perfect fit into Houston's offense with Quarterback Cj Stroud. The two wanted to team up and Houston made it happen in the draft.  The results have proven fruitful. Tank has 47 catches, 709 yards, and seven touchdowns. With his seven TDS being tied for the most among rookies, Dell has proven his ability stands with the rest of his class. He was surely on pace to surpass 1,000 yards; sadly, we will have to wait until next year to see what the talented WR has in store.