Every year, the Associated Press hands out two rookie awards: Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Now that all the drafted rookies have found homes, we have a very good idea of who will have an opportunity to thrive. Why not take an early stab at who'll be taking home the hardware at the end of the season?
I always wondered why there wasn't an "overall" award, so that one's getting predicted too.
Rookies are their own special kind of phenomenon. Often a rookie's impact isn't really in terms of being one of the best players at their position in the NFL but in terms of eye-popping numbers, team-changing impact and overall buzz, so the "instant impact" and "late-blooming" rookies of 2013 will also get nods.
Sometimes a rookie is notable for the impact he doesn't make. It's a dubious honor, but a rookie will also be named the "most disappointing."
Finally, I'll project an unofficial 2013 All-Rookie team.
Are any of your team's rookies collecting any (possibly imaginary) trophies at the end of the season?