Pro Football Focus announced their all-rookie team on Tuesday and, for most fans of any team, a review on the team's rookies takes particular interest -- it's like a direct link into a team's future. PFF lists running back Jeremy Hill as the best rookie running back in the NFL, with Ryan Hewitt as the best fullback. There's no surprise there.
Running Back: Jeremy Hill (CIN)
A strong season from Hill who broke the 1,000-yard mark and showed plenty of ability for making defenders miss with his 28 forced missed tackles. He will need to cut down on the four fumbles and make the most of the blocking in front of him.
Full Back: Ryan Hewitt (CIN)
The undrafted free agent would show off his versatility and blocking chops in a nice 525-snap cameo that will give the Bengals plenty of options for how they attack the draft and free agency next year.
CB Darqueze Dennard (1st round, 24th overall):
Dennard spent most of the season behind Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick. He only played 61 snaps on defense, during which he defended against nine targeted passes and allowed five completions for 49 yards and a touchdown.
RB Jeremy Hill (2nd round, 55th overall):
DE Will Clarke (3rd round, 88th overall):
Clarke played 64 snaps on defense this season, mostly to supplement the defensive line rotation with Margus Hunt in the infirmary. Hunt generated two pressures on the season and three run stops.
C Russell Bodine (4th round, 111th overall):
Bodine started every game in 2014 with mixed results. Pro Football Focus gave Bodine an overall score of -15.6, which ranked 33rd among 41 qualified centers.
QB AJ McCarron (5th round, 164th overall):
McCarron joined the team with a preexisting shoulder injury and spent the first 14 weeks on the team's Reserve/NFI list. He was activated onto the team's 53-man roster on Dec. 9, but spent the rest of the season on the game day inactive list.
LB Marquis Flowers (6th round, 212nd overall):
After playing 71 defensive snaps during the regular season, Flowers filled in for the injured Rey Maualuga against the Colts in the playoffs. He recorded eight tackles, and three run stops but also missed three tackles (all against the Colts with two in Week 7).
WR James Wright (7th round, 239th overall):
Wright played 11 games this season and posted five receptions for 91 yards receiving. After three receptions against the Buccaneers (a game that people laughably call a "breakout"), Wright never saw the field again for the season, dealing with knee issues that caused him to miss the final quarter of the year.
CB Lavelle Westbrooks (7th round, 252nd overall):
Here and gone. Westbrooks suffered an injury and was released with an injury settlement.
FB Ryan Hewitt (UDFA):