There's a cliché that says you can't truly evaluate an NFL draft class for five years, but we are far too impatient to wait that long. So below we ranked every NFL team based on the impact their 2016 classes have made so far this season.
It's important to note that different teams have asked their rookies to make different levels of contributions, often based on the quality of a team's roster independent of its rookies. What follows isn't an evaluation of which teams drafted best, but rather which teams have gotten the most (and least) out of their rookie classes in 2016.
No team in the NFL boasts two rookies as impactful as Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott is currently No. 14 in PFF's quarterback grades this season and is completing 72.0 percent of his passes when the Dallas offensive line keeps him clean. Elliott is the highest-graded running back in the entire league, and talk of him winning the NFL's MVP award is absolutely warranted. Not only does he lead the NFL in rushing yards, but he's also seventh in average yards per carry after contact. Elliott has impressed as a receiver too, forcing eight missed tackles on 28 receptions.
Fifth-round draft pick Tyreek Hill has made a huge impact on special teams and on offense. The wide receiver has forced 13 missed tackles on 56 receptions, and another three on 14 carries. His role has grown as the season has progressed and he has seen 39 targets over the past five weeks. On defense, Chris Jones has been a menace as an interior pass-rusher over the past seven weeks, producing two sacks, five hits and 21 hurries on 193 pass-rushing attempts. That has yielded a pass-rushing productivity rating of 11.1 that ranks second among 3-4 defensive ends over that span.