Forget that he's just a rookie. This past week, Pro Football Focus listed Ali Marpet as the best guard in the entire league.
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Marpet received a rating of +6.5 in Week 8, the best among all guards in the NFL. He was, by far, the NFL's top guard in run-blocking with a rating of +5.7. The next highest-rated run-blocker was almost two points below at +4.1.
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"Over in Atlanta, Marpet let loose with the best game of his career, really pulverizing the Falcons with his run blocking," PFF's Khaled Elsayed wrote.
It wasn't just one good performance, though. Marpet's been performing at a high level for the majority of the season. Since Week 3, he is the NFL's top-rated guard in run blocking with a rating slightly higher than Arizona's Mike Iupati, who was one of the NFL's top free agents this past offseason.
It's also worth noting – this time last year, Marpet was playing Division 3 college football.
The Bucs' rookie class as a whole has been contributing in a big way. Jameis Winston has the NFL's fourth-best passer rating since Week 4 while Kwon Alexander and Donovan Smith have started all seven of the team's games thus far. Marpet and the Bucs rookies are set to face the Giants this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.