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It’s safe to say that Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliot were not only two of the most exciting players to watch last season, but also two of the best in football.

They were both rookies, so clearly, they are still on their rookie deal, since the draft took place a mere months before Tony Romo would go down with a fractured vertebrae and Prescott, a fourth-rounder out of Mississippi State, would step in and save football in Big D.

There are, however, plenty of good players still in their rookie contracts who are going to hit paydirt in the next couple years.

Here is a look at the best NFL players still on their rookie deals:

Kahlil Mack

Oakland Raiders, DE
2016 Season:
74 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 11 sacks
Rookie Deal: Signed a 4 year, $18,676,999 contract with the Oakland Raiders, including a $11,903,272 signing bonus, $18,676,999 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $4,669,250. In 2017, Mack will earn a base salary of $690,000 and a roster bonus of $2,276,864, while carrying a cap hit of $5,942,682 and a dead cap value of $3,665,818.

Derek Carr

Oakland Raider, QB
2016 Season: 96.7 rating, 3,937 yards, 28 TDs, 6 INTs
Rookie Deal: Signed a 4 year, $5,371,801 contract with the Oakland Raiders, including a $2,226,764 signing bonus, $3,310,937 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,342,950. In 2017, Carr will earn a base salary of $977,519, a roster bonus of $150,000 and a workout bonus of $25,000, while carrying a cap hit of $1,709,210 and a dead cap value of $556,691.

Andre Hopkins

Houston Texans, WR
2016 Season: 78 receptions, 654 yards, 4 TDs
Rookie Deal: Signed a 4 year, $7,626,702 contract with the Houston Texans, including a $3,926,692 signing bonus, $6,181,697 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,906,676. In 2017, Hopkins will earn a base salary of $7,915,000, while carrying a cap hit of $7,915,000 and a dead cap value of $7,915,000.

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