The Anti-Cam Newton: Who Has Been the NFL's Best Defensive Rookie?

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The Anti-Cam Newton: Who Has Been the NFL's Best Defensive Rookie?
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When you are thinking of candidates for Rookie of the Year, names like A.J. Green, Cam Newton, Julio Jones and Andy Dalton come to mind. Everybody focuses on the offensive side of the ball because of the fantasy football side of the game these days. Newton is putting up huge numbers, and Dalton wins games. Green and Jones are phenomenally talented wide receivers. 

My favorite side of the ball is defense, so I have been going back and forth on who is looking good for the Defensive Rookie of the Year. While there have been a few players who have earned consideration for this award, two guys have jumped to the front of the line.

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith are these players.

After these two, guys like Von Miller, Brooks Reed, Ryan Kerrigan, J.J. Watt, Jabaal Sheard, Mason Foster, Adrian Clayborn and Phil Taylor come to mind.

I'm still having trouble deciding, so I will break these players down in this slideshow, think about it and comment.

You decide!

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