The 2008 draft lacked the superstar quality of 2007 -- I don't know if this year's rookie class is going to end up with the likes of Adrian Peterson or Joe Thomas or Patrick Willis. But there are a lot of players from the class of 2008 who will be around in this league for a long time. Ask the Commissioner On the eve of the first Thursday night game on NFL Network, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took time to field questions from fans on a wide range of key topics. Chat transcript We might not see four rookies in the Pro Bowl, which was the case last season, but this draft had great depth. There are better players overall from top to bottom -- and you can see that when you look at my midseason review of the best rookies by position, listed below. As a matter of fact,http://www.thepersonalityshop.net/MLB/Custom-Boston-Red-Sox/, it might be the best draft class since 1983. Running back is traditionally the easiest position for rookies to make an impact,Chile Soccer Jersey, but it was still impressive that four backs who were drafted 44th overall and lower gained more than 100 yards in Week 9. Even more impressive is this: No less than five rookies started at left tackle in Week 1. that is unprecedented. Overall, 37 rookies started in Week 1. At least one player from all seven rounds has started this season, along with two undrafted free agents (not including specialists). The first 114 players drafted made the rosters of the teams that drafted them -- the highest-drafted player to get cut was -- Dre Moore, Tampa Bay's fourth-round pick (115th overall), and he was signed to the Bucs' practice squad. There is still plenty of football to be played, but here is my list of the top rookies, by position, at the midway point: Offense Quarterback Matt Ryan Atlanta First round. third overall Has started all eight games, completing 113 of 227 passes for 1,668 yards, with a passer rating of 85.4. Running Back Matt Forte Chicago Second round, 44th overall Has 641 rushing yards and 4 TDs,Pat Tillman Cardinals Jersey, plus another 228 yards receiving with 2 TD receptions. Running Back Chris Johnson Tennessee First round, 24th overall Has 715 rushing yards and 5 TDs, plus 236 yards receiving and 1 TD catch. Explosive player with a long run of 66 yards. Fullback Peyton Hillis Denver Seventh round, 227th overall Good blocker and special teams player. Only 3 carries (for 14 yards), but also has 8 receptions for 120 yards and 1 TD. Wide Receiver Eddie Royal Denver Second round, 42nd overall Has 46 receptions and 3 TDs; also returns punts and kickoffs. Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson Philadelphia Second round, 49th overall Has 34 receptions for 525 yards and 1 TD; also has 11.3-yard punt return average with 1 TD. Tight End John Carlson Seattle Second round, 38th overall Has 22 catches for 244 yards and 2 TDs, and he's also a good blocker. Guard Jamey Richard Indianapolis Seventh round, 226th overall Has started five games for the Colts, two at center and three at guard. Offensive Tackle Duane Brown Houston First round, 26th overall Has started all eight games at left tackle for a team that is averaging 265 passing yards per game. Offensive Tackle Ryan Clady Denver First round, 12th overall Has started all every game at LT for team that has allowed just 6 sacks -- the second fewest in the NFL. Offensive Tackle Jake Long Miami First round, first overall Has started every game at LT,cheap nfl jerseys wholesale, and also moves to right tackle when Dolphins play an unbalanced line in the Wildcat formation. Miami is averaging 63 more yards per game than last year. Offensive Tackle Branden Albert Kansas City First round, 15th overall While he missed most of training camp with an injury, Albert is a starter at LT and he has great upside. Guard Donald Thomas Miami Sixth round,Brad Marchand Jersey Canada, 195th overall Currently out with an injury, but he was good enough to be the Dolphins starting guard in Week 1, and he looks to be a future Pro Bowl player; a sixth-round steal. Defense Defensive End Chris Long St. Louis First round, second overall Has 4 sacks and 28 tackles in eight starts. Defensive End Lawrence Jackson Seattle First round,Braden Holtby Jersey Canada, 28th pick Has 2 sacks and 18 tackles in six starts. Defensive Tackle Glenn Dorsey Kansas City First round, fifth overall Has 22 tackles and one fumble recovery in eight starts. Defensive Tackle Marcus Harrison Chicago Third round, 90th overall Has not started but is active in the Bears' tackle rotation, with 11 tackles and 2 sacks. Linebacker Jerod Mayo New England First round, 10th overall An every-down player who has started all eight games and leads the Patriots with 59 tackles. Linebacker Curtis Lofton Atlanta Second round, 37th overall Has started every game,A.J. Klein Jersey UK, with 44 tackles and 1 sack. Linebacker Bryan Kehl N.Y. Giants Fourth round, 123rd overall Has only started two games,Alex Pietrangelo Jersey Canada, but he has 23 tackles and an interception. Linebacker Keith Rivers Cincinnati First round, ninth overall Started seven games before going on IR with a broken jaw, ending his rookie season with 37 tackles and 1 interception. Defensive Back Chris Horton Washington Seventh round, 249th overall Has started six games, with 42 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 interceptions. Was voted the Week 2 defensive player of the week. Defensive Back Dwight Lowery N.Y. Jets Fourth round,Paul Kariya Ducks Throwback Jersey, 112th overall Got off to a great start when he made two plays in the final minute that helped preserve a Week 1 win vs. Miami. Has 43 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries. Defensive Back Brandon Flowers Kansas City Second round, 35th overall Has seven starts, with 37 tackles and 2 interceptions, including one he returned 91 yards for a TD vs. the Jets. Defensive Back Kenny Phillips N.Y. Giants First round, 31st overall Has yet to start a game, but he's second on the Giants with 35 tackles and has 1 interception. Defensive Back Tracy Porter New Orleans Second round, 40th overall Played very well before going on IR after five starts. Had 25 tackles, 1 INT and 1 sack before getting injured. Special Teams Placekicker Dan Carpenter Miami Undrafted free agent Has converted 12 of 14 FG attempts and is 19-for-19 in PAT attempts. Punter Brett Kern Denver Undrafted free agent Has a 47.8-yard average on 27 punts, with a long of 64 yards. Kick Returner Brian Witherspoon Jacksonville Undrafted free agent Has a 26.6-yard average on 26 kickoff returns, including three returns of 40 or more yards. Special Teams Player Gary Guyton New England Undrafted free agent Plays in kicking teams and also sees playing time at inside linebacker; has 19 tackles in eight games.
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