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5 Offensive Rookies That Look Like Draft Steals

The 2019 NFL Draft has given us some very impressive rookies so far. RB Josh Jacobs is sixth in rushing yards with 620. Daniel Jones and Kyler Murray are starting to settle in as franchise QBs. There have even been some surprise outbreaks from the likes of RB David Montgomery and WR Mecole Hardman. Still, there are five rookies from this year’s draft that are looking to be bonafide steals.

DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle

Oct 27, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf (14) reacts after catching a touchdown pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Formerly projected as a first-round pick, DK Metcalf found himself falling to the second round. The Seahawks took a gamble on the giant of a receiver and it seems to be paying off well. Metcalf is second in receiving yards, catches, and touchdowns among rookies. He also holds the second-most receiving yards for the Seattle offense. Metcalf is making teams regret their doubts on him and could be a dark-horse for OROY.

Gardner Minshew II, QB, Jacksonville

“Beowulf” Gardner Minshew has taken Florida and the NFL by storm. Aside from his outrageous personality and character, he is actually a pretty good QB filling in for injured Nick Foles. He has the second-most passing yards (behind Kyler Murray) and most touchdowns among rookies. His big-play ability makes him an electric guy on the field who can lead his team to a victory. Against the Broncos this past weekend, he was nearly flawless in his performance. As a sixth-round selection, and if the Jags ride the high and start him over a healthy Foles, Minshew will be one of the best steals of the year.

Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh

 

Johnson, a third-round pick, might not have the best stats compared to DK Metcalf and other rookies, but that’s not what makes him a steal. The Steelers were in need of a No.2 WR opposite of all-star Juju Smith-Schuster. Donte Moncrief has failed in that position with drops and James Washington hasn’t quite broken out yet. Diontae has stepped up and is currently the second-best WR. He is helping take the pressure off the Pro-Bowler and is also able to make huge plays himself.

Preston Williams, WR, Miami

Preston is unlike the rest of the players on this list. He went undrafted. Preston has cracked his way into a starting role for Miami and is also the team’s leading receiver in every category but touchdowns. Yes, his team is 0-7, but Preston is one of the brightest highlights of this team so far. And as an undrafted rookie.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Wide receiver Terry McLaurin #17 of the Washington Redskins scores a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 8, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The current favorite to win the OROY is third-rounder Terry McLaurin. With a lack of big playmakers, he has broken out and has become Washington’s top receiver. He also leads all rookies in yards, catches, and scores. If Dwayne Haskins or whoever will be starting for Washington can start clicking, McLaurin should run away with the title.

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