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Top 5 NFL Rookie of the Year candidates

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It's hard to believe that we're already over half-way through the regular season of the NFL and after another week of action, a number of rookies are beginning to establish themselves in the league.

We've taken a look at the top five highest performers of the season so far in an attempt to find out who's in line to pick up the Rookie of the Year award for 2016

5) Joey Bosa (DE - San Diego Chargers)

Bosa is quickly becoming a statement part of the Chargers team. The rookie defensive end out of Ohio State has become known for the blistering pace that he shows during a pass-rush play.


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Quarterbacks across the league need to keep on their toes when Bosa's on the field, or they could find themselves hitting the floor a number of times. Despite another solid performance in week 10, Bosa couldn't help his team overcome the Dolphins as the Chargers fell to a 31-24 loss.

4) Jack Conklin (RT - Tennessee Titans)

For many, the Titans are exceeding expectations this season and part of the credit should go to rookie right tackle Conklin. 

He's the highest rated player in his position in the entire league. He's the only RT who has started every game this season who's yet to allow a single sack. He's also only been responsible for two quarterback hits in 10 games. 

Conklin's consistency is very impressive and the lineman has plenty more to offer over the coming years.

3) Carson Wentz (QB - Philadelphia Eagles)

Wentz may not yet be on the same level as some other rookie quarterbacks, but he gets a high place on the list because of his situation in Philadelphia.

His receivers have already dropped 20 passes this season, which shows Wentz is hitting the mark, but being let down by teammates. Despite this, he is leading the Eagles on offense, and the team has a positive 5-4 record after week 10.

2) Dak Prescott (QB - Dallas Cowboys)

If rookie competition wasn't so tight this season, Prescott would be well in line to take the award after an impressive 10 weeks. He's played all nine games so far this year and the Cowboys boast an 8-1 record, which is the best in the league. 

Only two quarterbacks have fewer turnover worthy throws than Prescott's eight and they are Drew Brees and Sam Bradford, who are well established in the league.

The rookie out of Mississippi State is leading his team's drive to the playoffs and in week six he also broke Tom Brady's record for the most consecutive pass attempts without an interception to start a career with 176.

1) Ezekiel Elliott (RB - Dallas Cowboys)

The man that's standing between Prescott and the Rookie of the Year award is teammate Elliott. On Sunday against the Steelers, he ran for over 100 yards again and scored another three touchdowns, including the game-winner. He's made over a century of yards in five of his last seven games and looks like to continue doing so. 

He's made over a century of yards in five of his last seven games and looks like to continue doing so. 

Another rookie that's been consistently impressive since the start of the season, Elliott looks well on course to pick up the award after a great start to his career.  

Who's your pick for Rookie of the Year? Let us know in the comments.      

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