My Ten Candidates for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
Yesterday, I went over my top 10 candidates for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Today, we go to the other side of the ball.
Linebackers seem to win the award often, so a lot of the list is composed of them. I have six in my preview. However, I also have three Secondary players and one Defensive End.
Who will join Knowshon Moreno as my choice as Rookie of the Year? Let's find out.
10. Louis Delmas
Delmas came out of Western Michigan, a quality school, but not well known for its football. However, Delmas could break the mold, as he's a physical player that could infuse the Lions defense with tenacity.
9. Robert Ayers
Mike Mayock of NFL Network praised Ayers throughout the draft, and I think he will have a good season.
8. Larry English
Why Larry English? He will be playing with guys such as Shawne Merriman, who have already proved their worth. Very few people are talking about English, but I expect that to change by the time the year is over.
7. Brian Orakpo
The Redskins announced that they will be giving Orakpo time at linebacker. While that's not a bad thing, Orakpo reminds me a lot of Vernon Gholston, and I expect him to go through similar struggles at a similar position.
6. Vontae Davis
Vontae, the brother of Vernon, is a very athletic corner. He has a lot of natural ability, we just need to see if he can polish it into becoming a successful corner. I say yes.
5. James Laurinaitis
Known as "The Animal," Laurinaitis was drafted in the second round. However, he has first round talent and he should do well in the weak Rams defense.
4. Clay Matthews
Clay, the nephew of Bruce Matthews, brings a lot of potential to the Packers. He's a solid tackler and could rack up plenty up in Cheese Land.
3. Malcolm Jenkins
Jenkins is a solid corner and will fit well in the Saints porous defense. I expect about five INT's this season.
2. Brian Cushing
As a Texans fan, I know that Cushing brings a lot to the table. He's a determined, hard nosed player that will provide fire power to a defense loaded with potential.
1. Aaron Curry
I think Curry is going to be one of the greatest outside linebackers in the league after a few seasons. He is very determine, and although he is seen resting in this photo, he will be all over the field when the time comes.
Well, that's all! My pick for the Defensive Rookie of the Year is Aaron Curry!