With only one more full month until football resumes the question, as it always is, is what rookie will win rookie of the year, who will be MVP and etc. Here are some early predictions for some of the NFL’s most prestigious awards.
Offensive Rookie of the year:
Mike Williams, WR, LA CHARGERS
Drafted 7th overall to the LA Chargers, Mike Williams will become a target for Phillip Rivers from day one. Williams along side TE Hunter Henry and WR Keenan Allen, will create a trio that will be difficult for opposing secondarys to stop. The 6’4 wideout from Clemson is what any NFL team looks for in a receiver, with his large frame and elite length, he will become a premier red zone threat.
Defensive Rookie of the year:
Kevin King, CB, GREEN BAY PACKERS
Drafted 33rd overall to the Green Bay Packers, Kevin King is joining a defensive unit who ranked dead last in interceptions in 2016. Kevin King was number one on Mike Mayocks corner back list, over his teammate Sidney Jones. King lead the Washington Huskies in interceptions his junior year with a total of 3 which was more than the Green Bay Packers got this 2016 season. With his ability to shut down a whole side of the field will make the Green Bay Packers defense “great again”.
Rookie of the Year:
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Drafted 4th overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Fournette will become a threat from day one. Being 240 pounds and running a 4.5 is not common in the NFL. With an offense that just continues to improve Leonard Fournette will only help them more. With his ability to pass block and catch out of the backfield Leonard Fournette will become the Jacksonville Jaguars David Johnson.
FedEx Air & Ground Players of the year:
Air: Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
With a new contract, making him the highest paid player in NFL History, Carr will have one of his best years of his career to celebrate his new deal. With free agent signings of Jared Cook and Cordell Patterson to the already elite receiving core, Carr will easily have a 5,000 yard season, if he is able to stay healthy.
Ground: Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
Jordan Howard is a player who no one thought would be a candidate for rookie of the year after being in such a star studed rookie class. Howard finished second last year for most rushing yards with 1,313 yards. If it wasn’t for the Dallas Cowboys outstanding offensive line helping Ezekiel Elliot rush his way to the top with 1,631 yards, Jordan Howard may have won rookie of the year. With Alshon Jeffery leaving in free-agencey, the Chicago Bears will lean towards Howard to be a threat out of the backfield.
Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year:
The Dallas Cowboys O-Line have been bullying around opposing defensive lines since 2015 when DeMarco Murray led the league in rushing. With the return of La’el Collins from injury the Cowboys should be even better than last year. With Tyron Smith defending Dak Prescott’s blind side and Travis Frederick leading the way up field, The Dallas Cowboys O-Line will be incredibly hard to stop.
Comeback Player of the Year:
Jamaal Charles, RB, Denver Broncos
Charles has a new team with the Denver Broncos, and will emerge a star next year playing under Mike McCoys offense. Charles only played 3 games in an injury filled 2016 and will be looking to bounce back to the running back he was before. With an improved offensive-line and a new coaching staff, Jamaal Charles will help Trevor Siemian so they will not just rely on a passing attack.
AP Defensive Player of the Year:
Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams
Aaron Donald has been a force to recon with ever since entering the NFL in 2014 and he just keeps getting better. Aaron Donald is an elite run stuffing defensive tackle, and any team that plays against him must make a game plan to stop him.
AP Offensive Player of the Year
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
With the return of Martavius Bryant, teams will have to stop the three-headed offensive beast that the Steelers have, notoriously nicknamed “The 3 B’s”. Antonio Brown is a quick, agile receiver who can also run the ball out of the backfield on an occasional sweep play. Brown has the ability to play all over the field and can easily have a 1,000 yard, 100 catch season if he can stay healthy.
AP Coach of the Year
Bill Belicheck, New England Patriots
If the New England Patriots team lives up to their enourmous potential next season, then they should easily go 16-0. Bill Belicheck has built the team from the bottom up since his hiring in 2001. With all the trades and signings that Bill Belicheck made this offseason, the Patriots are the best team that the NFL has seen in a long time.
AP Most Valuable Player
Von Miller, LOLB, Denver Broncos
Von Miller is the heart and soul of the Broncos defense. The Denver Broncos have improved their struggling offense and their already amazing defense. With Von Miller’s ability to get past the offensive line in a matter of a second, he can easily break Michael Strahan’s record of 22 sacks in a season.
In the 2015 AFC Championship game, Von Miller was able to shut down New England Patriots tight end, Rob Grownkoski and other running backs coming from the back field. If he remains healthy and everyone plays their part on the team, Von Miller can win MVP.