Early Wednesday morning, ESPN released their version of the best rookies through four weeks of the NFL.
seems like you guys forgot somebody https://t.co/DOAyBAMImF— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) October 2, 2019
I love that they included McLaurin. For the life of me, I can’t figure out how you fail to mention the best players on one of the best defenses. The best comment goes to the guy that responded, “Bosa is playing so well that the media is treating him like a veteran.”
Dane Brugler of The Athletic put together his All-Rookie team. It’s important to remember that this list doesn’t take into account where a player was drafted or what they did in the preseason, or even their outlook for the rest of this season and beyond. That’s why Gardner Minshew is the quarterback on this list.
Surprise on offense
There was an honorable mention on the San Francisco 49ers offense, but it wasn’t who you think. Deebo Samuel was listed as a runner-up for the wide receivers, but Brugler listed about every rookie wide receiver who has done anything this year.
The runner-up? None other than the Niners starting left tackle, Justin Skule. Here’s what Brugler had to say about the sixth-rounder out of Vanderbilt:
A month-and-a-half ago, Skule wasn’t considered a lock to make the 49ers final roster. Now, he is San Francisco’s starting left tackle, filling in for the injured Joe Staley. And he has played better than expected, mostly due to his cerebral approach and awareness.
No surprise on defense
Brugler has always favored Ohio State, so even if Bosa wasn’t deserving, we’d probably see him on the list. Thankfully, Bosa is beyond deserving. Here’s what he had to say about Bosa:
Despite an ankle injury that has bothered him since camp, Bosa has lived up to the lofty expectations. He leads all rookies in pressures per game (4.0), hurries per game (2.7) and tackles for loss (3.0). Despite having played only three games (49ers had their bye last week), Bosa is one of only three rookies with double-digit pressures, along with Josh Allen and Brian Burns.
With only one sack so far, Bosa must become a better finisher when he reaches the backfield. But the disruption is there, showing off his polished pass rush moves to beat blockers in diverse ways.
Bosa’s health is something that will always be closely monitored throughout his career, but the best player in the 2019 draft class has played like it so far as a rookie.
The more I watch the Browns, the more I feel like Bosa will put on a show Monday night. Unlike ESPN’s list, Brugler got it right.