Two weeks into their careers, a pair of former SEC stars are among the highest-graded NFL rookies at ProFootballFocus.com.
Mississippi State legend Dak Prescott came in at No. 5 on the site’s list of Top 10 rookies.
PFF’s Michael Renner noted Prescott has been “masterful” when using play action. When he uses it, he’s 17-of-21 for 203 yards. And the Dallas Cowboys quarterback’s numbers aren’t awful without it, either: 30-of-54 for 315 yards.
“He hasn’t been quite the same Dak Prescott we saw during the preseason,” Renner wrote, “but he hasn’t looked much like a rookie QB, either.”
A fifth-round pick, Prescott took advantage of preseason injuries to Tony Romo and Kellen Moore to ascend to the top of the Dallas depth chart, then took over.
Former Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil also made the Top 10 list. He has given up only three pressures — and zero sacks — in 87 pass-blocking plays for the Miami Dolphins.
That early-season performance has been good enough to warrant the list’s No. 8 spot.
“The Miami offensive line has been lightyears better than its 2015 form in pass protection,” Renner wrote, “and Laremy Tunsil is one of the big reasons why.”
Prescott and the Cowboys play the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football this weekend (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC), while Tunsil and the Dolphins take on the Cleveland Browns at (1 p.m. ET, local broadcasts).