The Detroit Lions rookies are balling out.
That’s not news to anyone who’s tuned in, including NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah. Entering the final quarter of the regular season, the media analyst ranked the top 25 rookies and three Lions made the list — the highest number of any NFL team.
When making this list, Jeremiah re-evaluated his midseason rankings. The first Lion on the list is edge defender Aidan Hutchinson.
“Hutchinson makes at least one or two impact plays every week. He leads all rookies in sacks with seven heading into Week 15,” he writes.
Aidan Hutchinson comes up with a HUGE sack on Kirk Cousins pic.twitter.com/Qi9njxZL0H— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) December 11, 2022
The rookie out of the University of Michigan jumped two spots this time around. The next is linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez, who fell one spot to No. 22.
“The Lions, who lead all teams with three representatives in my rankings, nailed this draft class. Rodriguez has played like a first-round pick,” Jeremiah said.
if you paid attention to the thanksgiving day game, then you know Malcolm Rodriguez had himself a day.— Morgan Cannon (@MCannon313) November 29, 2022
this is picture perfect linebacker play from "the Detroit cowboy" pic.twitter.com/G8FzwvmqVt
For reference, Rodrigo was drafted in the sixth round, alongside the final Lion on the list — James Houston at No. 24, joining the ranking for the first time.
“Houston has only played in three games, but he already has four sacks. He’s showing a special gift for pressuring the passer. He has unorthodox pass-rush moves, but they work,” the writer said.
Lions rookie James Houston (6th round; No. 217) recorded two sacks against Josh Allen and the Bills in his NFL debut. In his second game, he picked up another sack on this move: pic.twitter.com/HO2DTHIL5B— Colton Pouncy (@colton_pouncy) December 4, 2022
And onto the rest of your notes.
- Today is the final day to cast your Pro Bowl votes! Get those votes in so the Lions dominate this list too.
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- Sights and Sounds have arrived for the Lions’ big win over the Vikings. WR Josh Reynolds, who scored a touchdown, is mic’d up this episode.
- Writing for the 33rd Team, NFL executive Jeff Diamond argues the Matthew Stafford trade may be tipping in the Lions’ favor, even after the Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl last year. “The trade has completely reversed course and looks lopsided in favor of the Lions. It doesn’t look like that will change in the future either.”
- A fantastic sight to see:
Less than 3 months after tearing his Achilles, Tracy Walker is already back on the exercise bike. pic.twitter.com/XTrYPQlC9s— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) December 15, 2022
- “In many ways, he’s the forgotten man of the rebuild. He’s the one who has suffered through the lows, but never wanted to leave, the one who wanted to help fuel the turnaround.” The Detroit News’ Justin Rogers explain how veteran Taylor Decker may be overshadowed by the new crop of Lions, but he’s certainly not overlooked by his teammates.