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Ranking the Top NFL Rookies of the 2022-2023 NFL Season


By Fan Rankings | November 29, 2022 - 09:07 PM

The 2022 NFL Draft Class continues to shine as the 2022 - 2023 NFL Season rolls into the final three weeks of the NFL schedule. Each year expectations are set higher and higher for the incoming NFL draft class.

So far, the new class led by a solid group of football players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the football have put together strong first seasons.

The play of the rookies through the first 15 helped round out the Top 10 NFL Rookies 2022 rankings December list.


Taking over the top spot for the month of December is the New York Jets rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner. Gardner continues to be one of the top defensive rookies from the 2022 NFL Draft class.

As Gardner continues to shine other NFL rookies have stepped up as well including Detroit Lions linebacker Aidan Hutchinson, Houston Texans rookie running back Dameon Pierce, and Jets rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson. Here is a look at the Top 10 NFL Rookies 2022 rankings December.

Honorable Mention

Jalen Pitre

Team: Houston Texans

Position: Safety
Previous Ranking: Honorable Mention #2

Just missing the cut on the Top 10 NFL Rookies 2022 rankings December list is the Houston Texans rookie safety Jalen Pitre.

Pitre, who the Texans drafted with their second-round pick from the Baylor Bears, is putting together a strong rookie season.

Currently Pitre leads all NFL rookies on the defensive side of the ball with 74 tackles while also posting three interceptions and one sack for the season.

DaRon Bland

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Position: Cornerback
Previous Ranking: Unranked

A new face to the list of the Top NFL rookies from the 2022 NFL Draft class is the Dallas Cowboys cornerback DaRon Bland.

Bland, who the Cowboys selected in the 5th round of the 2022 NFL Draft has been solid this season recording four interceptions to go along with six passes defended and 28 solo tackles.

The Cowboys who have drafted well on the defensive side of the ball looks to have landed another stud defender as the team eyes the NFL Playoffs in 2022.

Bland currently ranks 2nd in the NFL among all rookies with the four interceptions trailing only Tariq Woolen of the Seattle Seahawks.

Top 10 NFL Rookies 2023 Rankings

10. Tyler Allgeier

Team: Atlanta Falcons

Position: Running Back
Previous Ranking: #9

Landing at number 10 on the Top 10 NFL Rookies 2022 rankings December list is the Atlanta Falcons rookie running back Tyler Allgeier.

Allgeier was thrusted into action as a rookie after the team suffered an injury to stud playmaker Cordarrelle Patterson, and has found a nice groove over the past few weeks.

That groove includes turning in his best performance of the 2022 NFL season, running for 139 yards on 17 carries to go along with one touchdown run. Overall Allgeier has 743 yards on the ground to go with two rushing touchdowns on 148 total carries.

9. George Pickens

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Position: Wide Receiver
Previous Ranking: Honorable Mentions #1

If you are looking for a team that drafts well at one specific position then look no further than the Pittsburgh Steelers with the wide receiver position.

The Steelers have had a knack for drafting top tier wide receivers and the team’s 2nd round pick during the 2022 NFL Draft from the Georgia Bulldogs looks to be another one of those receivers. 

That receiver is George Pickens who enters week 16 ranked among the top of the wide receiver group of NFL rookies. The former Bulldogs receiver has 42 catches on the year for 643 yards and two touchdown receptions.

8. Christian Watson

Team: Green Bay Packers

Position: Wide Receiver
Previous Ranking: Unranked

After a slow start to his rookie season, the Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver has been red hot down the stretch while becoming one of the main targets of Aaron Rodgers.

Over his last five games Watson has racked up 19 total catches for 359 yards to go along with seven touchdown catches.

In addition to being a key part of the passing attack, the former North Dakota State wide receiver has also added two rushing touchdowns this season including a 46-yard rushing touchdown in the teams 28-19 win over the Chicago Bears.

7. Chris Olave

Team: New Orleans Saints

Position: Wide Receiver
Previous Ranking: #3

When it comes to the group of wide receivers that were drafted during the 2022 NFL Draft Class, a solid group of studs have emerged as potential game changers around the NFL.

One of those receivers is the Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave who has racked up the second most receptions (63) and second most receiving yards (940) among the entire NFL draft class.

However, all of this success has come with a revolving door at the quarterback position after losing Jameis Winston early to an injury and multiple rotations between Andy Dalton and Taysom Hill at quarterback.

6. Kenneth Walker III

Team: Seattle Seahawks

Position: Running Back
Previous Ranking: #4

One of the most surprising running backs entering Week 16 of the 2022 NFL season is the Seattle Seahawks rookie Kenneth Walker III.

Entering the season, the former Michigan State Spartans running back was not expected to be a big role player on a team loaded with some talented running backs.

However due to injuries, Walker III was slotted in and has not looked back racking up 696 yards on 150 total carries while finding the endzone on nine rushing touchdowns.

Walker III currently ranks 3rd among rookie running backs in rushing yards and 1st in rushing touchdowns.

5. James Houston

Team: Detroit Lions

Position: Linebacker
Previous Ranking: Unranked

Rounding out the Top 5 rookies on the Top 10 NFL Rookies 2022 rankings December list is the Detroit Lions rookie linebacker James Houston.

As the future looks bright for the Lions, the play of their rookie defensive players has the team's defense playing at a high level.

While Aidan Hutchinson is the standout player drafted during the 2022 NFL Draft, James Houston has been a bright spot for the Lions. Houston, who played at Jackson State enters week 16 ranked 2nd among the rookie class with five sacks.

Despite ranking 5th, Houston has appeared in just the team’s last four games making it even more impressive of a performance this season.

4. Garrett Wilson

Team: New York Jets

Position: Wide Receiver
Previous Ranking: #8

As his former Ohio State Buckeyes teammate lands on the list of the top rookie wide receivers and top overall rookies in the NFL, Garrett Wilson also joins the list at number four.

Wilson, who has received passes from Mike White, Zach Wilson and Joe Flacco continues to be a popular target no matter who the quarterback is.

Wilson enters Week 16 ranked 22nd in the NFL among all receivers with 67 receptions, 11th in receiving yards with 966 and 34th in touchdown receptions with four. Among the 2022 NFL rookie receiving corps, Wilson ranks 1st in both yards and receptions.

3. Dameon Pierce

Team: Houston Texans

Position: Running Back
Previous Ranking: #1

While his production has slowed down over the past four games, Dameon Pierce has been one of the brightest picks from the 2022 NFL Draft Class.

As the former Florida Gators star sees his season come to an end due to an injury, Pierce has a lot to be proud about including racking up 939-yard on the year to go along with four rushing touchdowns. The future looks bright for the Texans at the running back position as Pierce looks to return from an ankle injury next season.

2. Aidan Hutchinson

Team: Detroit Lions

Position: Defensive End
Previous Ranking: #6

When it comes to the top two players on the Top 10 NFL Rookies 2022 rankings December list both come from the defensive side of the ball while putting together impressive rookie seasons. 

Nonetheless the Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson lands at number two after putting together an impressive rookie stat sheet.

The former Michigan Wolverines star currently leads all rookies with seven sacks while also recovering one fumble, intercepting two passes, and posting two passes defended.

1. Sauce Gardner

Team: New York Jets

Position: Cornerback
Previous Ranking: #2

No matter what the statistics show the New York Jets rookie cornerback ranks among the best of the 2022 NFL Draft Class.

After being drafted by the Jets with the 4th overall pick, Sauce Gardner has not disappointed during his rookie season while showcasing his ability to be a shutdown cornerback.

The former Cincinnati Bearcats cornerback has racked up 48 tackles to go along with two interceptions while recording 16 passes defended.

In addition to his numbers, Gardner has had the responsibility in slowing down the Jets opponents’ number one receiver for the first 15 weeks of the 2022 NFL season.

How would you rank these NFL Rookies so far in the 2022-23 NFL Season? Rank below to be added in the NFL Power Rankings.

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