Maybe I’m getting a little bit ahead of myself here, but few things are more fun than making predictions for events that are little under a year away in the world of sports. Maybe I’m just ahead of the curve? Whatever the case, I’m going to hypothetically kickstart the newly drafted rookies careers by projecting who will win each of the two annually awarded honours, courtesy of the Associated Press. Not only will I project the winners of the AP Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year winners, but I’ll even make up an award of the player I deem most likely to be most valuable to his team on special teams. As a rookie. For a look at these bold predictions take a look down yonder.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Terrance Williams: Before you get too skeptical of this selection, you have to remember a lot can be said for opportunities. Williams will get no shortage of those in Dallas. Their offense lives, and more frequently, dies by Tony Romo. That means they are bound to throw the football. A lot. Another thing worth mentioning is that Dallas’ receiver depth is a little suspect and all the more shaky when you take into account the fact that Miles Austin is perpetually injured. If Austin does get hurt, and that’s more or less a question of when, Williams becomes the second best option in the passing game. Expect big things from Williams.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Dion Jordan: Sometimes the obvious pick is the right pick. This one is less obvious than most obvious entities, but by that same token he was the first defensive player taken in the draft. There’s a reason the Dolphins traded up for Jordan. This kid has unreal talent and lining up on the opposite side of Cameron Wake will give him a great chance to show it.
Special Teams Rookie of the Year: Tavon Austin: If you were a little upset about his not getting the offensive rookie of the year award, consider this his consolation prize. Austin is at his best with the football in his hands, and since he’s most likely to be the punt and kick returner for the Rams, he’ll have it in his hands very often. Expect Austin to show up in highlight reels on a nearly weekly basis.
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