Top picks Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley and Sam Darnold all lived up to expectations with shiny NFL debuts prompting this post ranking the Top 10 rookie performances.
But what about the hundreds of other players drafted later or not at all also fighting for an NFL roster spot? Dozens of prospects from teams all over the league caught my eye in film review over the past few days with these 10 players providing especially flashy performances that deserve special mention.
As always, I'm curious to read/hear your feedback. Have a sleeper for me? Let me know about him in the comments section or @RobRang
10. DeShon Elliott, S, Baltimore Ravens -- Elliott has the advantage of playing two games so far but his acceleration and hand-eye coordination to force this fumble in the Hall of Fame Game August 2 continues to rank as one of the flashier plays I've seen from a Day Three DB this summer. Elliott was the Ravens' ninth draft pick, selected 190th overall.
9. Javon Wims, WR, Chicago Bears -- Like Elliott, Wims and the Bears have the benefit of playing in two games, which certainly is some of the reason why the 7th round pick currently leads all rookies with nine grabs (for 95 yards). Also working in his favor is his fluid acceleration, ability to contort in space and strong hands, which are really demonstrated well on this catch in the opener against Baltimore.
8. Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks -- The Seahawks are committed to running the football and drafted Dissly, a former defensive lineman, in the fourth round to help do precisely that. Dissly is no Jimmy Graham as a receiving threat but in terms of minutes played, he may make more of an impact in Seattle this year than any other rookie.
7.Ola Adeniyi, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers -- If we all know that leverage, burst and power are critical to finding successful edge rushers, why does it seem like the Steelers are one of the few teams that can find these kinds of players so consistently? Read here for my bio on Adeniyi, a true Diamond in the Rough as a UDFA who NFLDraftScout.com assigned a draftable grade.
6. Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles -- As the No. 49 overall pick, Goedert is no longer a true sleeper, even though he played his college ball at South Dakota State. He certainly didn't look like a wide-eyed small-schooler against the Steelers on Thursday, showing good awareness and soft hands in catching four passes for 66 yards and his first NFL touchdown.
5. Chris Warren III, RB, Oakland Raiders -- After mostly disappointing during his time in Austin, I had to fight to get Warren into our 2018 Lindy's draft magazine but so far Warren's time with in Oakland with Marshawn Lynch has both playing rather beastly. Just watch these higlights of the 6-2, 247-pounder whose upside I thought warranted late round consideration. If he keeps up this level of play, Warren looks like a good bet to make this roster, as his father did out of tiny Ferrum College on his way to three Pro Bowls for the Seahawks.
4. Kurt Benkert, QB, Atlanta Falcons -- Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater deservedly received most of the attention following the Jets-Falcons opener but they weren't the only quarterbacks flashing impressive accuracy. Benkert posted the kind of numbers one might expect from an undrafted free agent (9 of 17 for 125 yards and an interception) but throws like this one warrant a closer look.
3. Rasheem Green, DL, Seattle Seahawks - Given that Seattle is attempting to replace Pro Bowl defensive linemen Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Sheldon Richardson, Green - the 79th overall pick - has a chance for real playing time. Green ranked 43rd on my personal Big Board due to his physical upside but it is the improved hand usage he's already shown since arriving in Seattle that really should have Seahawks fans excited. You can literally hear his hands slap away the reach of the left tackle before he swallows up Andrew Luck.
2. Tre'Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints -- I've been pretty critical of the Saints 2018 draft but Smith looked like the real deal against a fast and physical Jaguars defense, making one of the better catches (and nearly runs) I saw from a rookie receiver so far. Smith, the 91st overall pick out of undefeated UCF, caught four passes for 48 yards.
1. John Kelly, RB, Los Angeles Rams -- I comped Kelly to a Pro Bowler and NFLDraftScout.com expected him to come off the board a full two rounds higher than the 6th, where Les Snead may have found his club an ideal backup behind superstar Todd Gurley. Kelly is one of those "natural" runners, given his vision, naturally low center of gravity and burst.
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