Chris Simms explains how sensational Raiders' rookie class has been

Jessica Kleinschmidt

The Raiders have surprised most of the football world with their 6-4 start, and a huge part of their success is due to their terrific rookie class. NBC Sports football analyst Chris Simms certainly agrees.

"You gotta give Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden a lot of credit for what they did in this past draft," Simms told NBC Sports California on Thursday.

"They've got guys that are contributing right now that are main staples of their football team let alone are going to contribute for a number of years down the line."

Simms talked about how special rookie running back Josh Jacobs is and how this is only the beginning for the young star.

This season, Jacobs has posted 1,067 total yards from scrimmage with seven touchdowns so far and as Simms mentioned, we haven't seen anything yet. Just wait until he's used in the passing game more.

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Maxx Crosby was mentioned as well. The Raiders defensive end earned recent AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording four sacks and a forced fumble against the Bengals on Sunday.

The team's next matchup will be an east coast-er against the New York Jets in what should be another winnable one for coach Jon Gruden's club. Simms details what to expect out of that clash in the video above.

Chris Simms explains how sensational Raiders' rookie class has been originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area