• Kyle Hamilton shines before leaving due to injury: Hamilton’s overall score of 91.3 in Week 11 led all other safeties by nearly six points.
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes
We’ll be checking out first-round rookies throughout the 2022 NFL season, ranking their performance and highlighting who their main individual opponent was in each game.
Here’s how the group performed in Week 11, along with PFF’s overall scores for the season.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: edge Travon Walker, Georgia
GPA for beginners: 61.2 (Rank: 14/32)
Main antagonist: Bye
Snaps Week 11: Bye
Walker and Jaguars were on a bye this week. Walker has shown great play potential but ranks fourth among starting rushers with 24 total squeezes a season and has an overall PFF grade of 61.2 — nearly average.
2. Detroit Lions: edge Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
GPA for beginners: 71.0 (Rank: 3/32)
Main antagonist: Matt Burt
Week 11 footage: 65
Hutchinson now has as many interceptions as Sauce Gardner and one more than Derek Stingley Jr. Although he is hasty. Hutchinson has shown a talent for making an impressive impact so far as a rookie, but his pressure rate has been mediocre. He recorded three pressures against the Giants from 41 rushes, but the interception was a huge play.
3. Houston Tx: cb Derek Stingley Jr. LSU
GPA for beginners: 49.1 (Rank: 28/39)
Principal opponent: N/A
Snapshots of the week 11: 0
Stingley missed this week’s game against the Washington Chiefs with a hamstring injury. Overshadowed this season by the performance of fellow rookie Sauce Gardner in New York, Stingley showed plenty of positive play in his own right, but the results just proved elusive.
4. New York Jets: cb Ahmed “Sauce” Gardner, Cincinnati
Overall GPA for beginners: 85.9 (Rank: 1/39)
Main antagonist: Jacoby Myers
Week 11 footage: 63
Gardner had another strong day in coverage, allowing just two touchdowns for 19 yards and one first against the New England Patriots. His score in PFF suffered a bit because of the run defense, blasting a containment in a big run that resulted in big gains in New England, but that’s a play that doesn’t even show up in advanced coverage metrics. Overall this season, Gardner looks like one of the best players in the game and a steal for the Jets with their first pick from the draft.
5. New York Giants: edge Cayvon Thibodeau, Oregon
Overall GPA for beginners: 63.3 (Rank: 10/32)
Main antagonist: Taylor Decker
Week 11 footage: 46
Thibodeaux played 46 snaps against the Detroit Lions, 19 of which were pass passes. He spent most of his time at the Lions left tackle against Taylor Decker and managed only one pressure in the game. He hit two defensive passes and stops, and continued to show hustle that many draft analysts thought he lacked as a prospect.
6. Carolina Panthers: extra time Achim Ekuunu, North Carolina State
GPA for beginners: 64.3 (Rank: 5/13)
Main antagonist: Teus Bowser
Week 11 footage: 57
Ekwonu faced a heavy rotation of the Ravens’ edge calls this week but gave up just one pressure in 42 pass-blocking shots. He had two more clean losses that didn’t get a chance to become a pressure and was flagged for a penalty after the four he had in week 10. Ekwonu has improved a lot as the season has progressed, but the past two weeks have been a bit of a hiccup for him.
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